Transgender Law Center

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Transgender Law Center
Transgender Law Center logo.jpg
Founded 2002, San Francisco, California, United States
Focus transgender law
Area served
United States
Method Campaigning, Advocacy, Lobbying, Research

The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest American transgender-led civil rights organization in the United States. They were originally California's first "fully staffed, state-wide transgender legal organization" and were initially a fiscally sponsored project of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.[1] The stated mission of TLC is to connect transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increase acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California's transgender communities, and work to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.

TLC utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities.[2]

Since launching in 2002,[3] TLC has held over 250 transgender law workshops providing legal information to more than 3,250 community members, attorneys, social service providers, and business owners, as well as collaborated on public policy initiatives designed to improve safety in schools and prisons and safe access to public restrooms for transgender people in San Francisco. TLC successfully helped to revise San Francisco's "Regulations to Prohibit Gender Identity Discrimination" in December 2003,[4] making them more inclusive of people who do not identify as strictly female or male, and to pass legislation in the City of Oakland banning gender identity discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodation, and city services.[5]

Transgender economic health

The survey Good Jobs NOW!, conducted jointly by the Transgender Law Center and the San Francisco Bay Guardian in 2006, provided data on the economic reality experienced by transgender people and their families.[6][7] The team surveyed 194 self-identified transgender people living, working, or looking for work in San Francisco. Survey findings included:

  • Nearly 60% of respondents earned under $15,300 annually[6]
  • 40% did not have a bank account[6]
  • Only 25% were working full-time[6]
  • 10% were homeless[6]

A statewide survey, "The State of Transgender California Report," was conducted in 2008. Findings included that respondents were more than twice as likely to live under the poverty line as the general population.[8]

Nashville controversy

On May 21, 2018, members of the TLC as well as the Transgender Education Network of Texas were "denied service" at the Elliston Place IHOP in Nashville, Tennessee.[9][10] The IHOP issued an apology.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Transgender Law: Overview". 18 July 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-07. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  3. ^ Engardio, Joel P. (June 12, 2002). "Legal Precedent: A transgender Stanford grad and his colleague are set to open the first-ever law center for transgender issues". SF Weekly. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "Compliance Guidelines to Prohibit Gender Identity Discrimination". Human Rights Commission. City and County of San Francisco. December 10, 2003. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  5. ^ Laird, Cynthia (December 18, 2003). "Oakland OKs gender identity ordinance". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Good Jobs NOW!". Transgender Law Center. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  7. ^ Szymanski, Zak (July 7, 2006). "TG job, health efforts get funding". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  8. ^ Hemmelgarn, Seth (October 29, 2009). "Report: Even with protections, transgenders in California". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  9. ^ a b McGauthy, Lauren (May 22, 2018). "Transgender activists say they were gawked at, denied service at Nashville IHOP". Dallas News. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Allison, Natalie (May 22, 2018). "Transgender activists with service dog say they were denied service at Nashville IHOP". The Tennessean. Retrieved May 22, 2018.

External links

  • Economic realities in the transgender community, The Race Equity Project, August 18, 2009
  • "California Court of Appeals Affirms Right of Transgender Individual Living Out-of-State to Change California Birth Certificates", San Francisco Sentinel, April 19, 2009
  • "All Calif. Natives Can Change Sex on Birth Certificates", The Advocate, April 15, 2009
  • "S.F. approves ID cards that exclude gender", USA Today, November 21, 2007
  • "New TLC leaders aim to widen agency's reach", Bay Area Reporter, August 9, 2007
  • "A Quest for a Restroom That's Neither Men's Room Nor Women's Room", Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, March 4, 2005
  • "Couple Sue Agency Over Marriage Rule", Ann Simmons, Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2004
  • "Unsolved case haunts 10 years later", Nathaniel Hoffman, Contra Costa Times, December 2, 2004
  • "Mistrial in transgender case. Deadlock over first-degree murder charges – 3 to face retrial in slaying of Newark teen", San Francisco Chronicle, June 23, 2004
  • "Case of slain transgender teen could go to a jury this week", Associated Press, June 1, 2004
  • "Posthumous request for a name change. Slain transgender teen's mom wants 'Gwen' to be official", San Francisco Chronicle, May 26, 2004
  • Perspectives from the Transgender Law Center, Echoing Green Foundation, 2004
  • "What's she doing in the men's jail?: Marched around half-naked. Raped. Kept in isolation. The life of a transgender prisoner in the Sacramento County Jail is basically hell.", Sacramento News & Review, February 13, 2003.
  • "S.F. jailer allegedly fired in sex case. Transgender person suing for assault", San Francisco Chronicle, November 12, 2002
  • "Transgender study finds bias/But S.F. still found to provide more protections than any U.S. city", San Francisco Chronicle, November 5, 2002
  • "Transgender man sues S.F., police, saying he was beaten, taunted", San Francisco Chronicle, September 9, 2002
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