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  • NCTE Applauds Federal Protections for Transgender Survivors of Violence
    Department of Justice Clarifies Police, Courts, Shelters, and Others Must Respect Gender Identity This week the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) release long-awaited guidance on the 2013 law prohibiting discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity by entities funded under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA’s nondiscrimination protections provide broad protections, not […]

  • NCTE Celebrates Historic Healthcare Enrollments at the White House Rose Garden
    Last week, NCTE celebrated the historic enrollment of over 7 million Americans in the Affordable Care Act with President Obama at the White House Rose Garden. President Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, gave remarks on the incredible success of the healthcare reform bill, Affordable Care Act also known as “Obamacare.” To date, 7.1 […]

  • Victory: Social Security Admin Clarifies Benefits Applications for Trans People and their Spouses
    NCTE thanks the Social Security Administration for issuing updated guidance that will simplify benefits applications for many transgender people and their spouses, and better ensure correct eligibility determinations. Until now, all benefits applications involving couples with at least one transgender spouse required legal review by one of SSA’s chief regional attorneys, often adding significant delays. […]

  • Dept. of Justice Unveils Transgender Law Enforcement Training
    Yesterday, US Department of Justice (DOJ) Associate Attorney General Tony West launched the Transgender Law Enforcement Training, a first-of-its kind cultural competency training by a federal agency for local law enforcement. With input from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and other local and national organizations, the new training will help local authorities improve […]

  • Expert Commission: Military Policies on Trans People Not Based on Science
    A national commission chaired by a former US Surgeon General and a former health and safety director for the Coast Guard released a major report this week, finding that US military policies on transgender service members are not based on sound medical science and should be revised. The commission found that the ban on service […]

  • New Video Series Addresses Trans Healthcare Myths
    On Thursday, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) launched a new online video series entitled, “Debunking the Myths: Transgender Health & Well-Being.” The series seeks to address the stereotypes and misconceptions faced by transgender and gender nonconforming people. HRC plans to release additional videos throughout March 2014. You can watch the first video in the series below: […]

  • Weak DHS Rules Underscore Need to End Detention of Transgender Immigrants
    The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the Transgender Law Center (TLC) express disappointment in the final standards published today by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address the severe problem of sexual abuse in immigration detention. While the final standards contain some valuable provisions, they fall short of the minimum steps needed […]

  • The Trans Case for Marijuana Decriminalization
    Today, the District of Columbia City Council will have their second and final vote on the Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Act of 2014. And last week, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) issued the following letter to City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, along with all the other city council members, urging them to end mass […]

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