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Published by: transgenderlawcenter on May 26, 2012
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2009 Annual Report
Transitioning California
In reecting on the past year I am deeply impressed by how the trans communityis becoming increasingly empowered. As TLC works with diverse communitieson health care access, employment, and other critical issues, we see more andmore individuals standing up for themselves and coming together as a powerfulmovement. This resilience and strength exist in stark contrast to the reality of dis-proportionate poverty, discrimination, and barriers to social services (document-ed by TLC in our 
State of Transgender California
report). Even with such pervasivediscrimination, we know that we deserve to be treated fairly, and our communityknows that they can turn to TLC for help in making sure our rights are recognizedand enforced.Recognizing that we need wide-spread systemic changes if we are to ensurethat fewer people experience bias and discrimination, TLC completed our rstformal strategic planning process last year. This process was led by our remark-ably dedicated board, and was informed by signicant community input. Thisprocess helped TLC determine that we need to proactively focus on two coreareas—economic justice (including employment and access to social services)and health coverage and access. While TLC will continue to prioritize education,housing, and prisoner rights (and to be responsive in other areas as needed),these decisions are meant to ensure that our work effectively supports institutionalchanges that will positively impact all members of our community, including themost vulnerable.I look forward to your continued partnership in the coming year as we bring newfocus and energy to our work. Despite the challenging times in which we live, our movement is growing in power, sophistication, and skill—and we are poised toachieve new victories in California and beyond.
In SolidarityMasen Davis
• Our work …2• Improving access tohealthcare …3• Advocating for economic justice …4• Shaping the nationalconversation …5• Setting the precedent …6• Developing transgenderleaders …7• Financial information …8• Thank you to oursupporters …9
In 2009, TLC providedindividualized legalinformation to morethan 1,450 transgender  people or their familymembers, and provideddirect representationto approximately 120transgender people.
Our Vision
A few words from our Executive Director
Annual Report 2009
TLC’s Executive Director, Masen Davis
Since our founding in 2002, TLC has won signicant victories helping thousands oftransgender people and their family members claim and uphold their fundamen-tal civil rights. TLC’s legal advocacy has led to precedent-setting cases, judg-ments, and policy decisions, resulting in the extension of public benets, immigra-tion rights, and employment access. TLC also has played an important role insocially transformative public policy victories, including: helping to pass local andstatewide non-discrimination protections; challenging insurance restrictions; secur-ing protections for transgender students; and developing innovative policies andprograms in economic development and health care access.To improve the quality of life for transgender and gender-nonconforming people,and to help build a movement for gender equality, the Transgender Law Center’snew strategic direction focuses on areas critical to our most vulnerable commu-nity members, including:• Economic justice;• Healthcare access and coverage; and• Strategic initiatives, including student safety, prisoners’ rights, and accessto social services.Taking a multi-faceted approach, our work is to:• Advance the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming people byproviding legal counsel and representation on select cases;• Increase the number of attorneys and professionals prepared to support our communities through “Know Your Rights” trainings and other legal education;
• Advocate for the adoption and implementation of policies that will enddiscrimination against transgender people; and• Build the knowledge, experience, and condence of transgender peopleand allies so they are better equipped to advocate for themselves and for institutional change in their communities.To help TLC meet our goals for the coming years, or to request legal assistanceand trainings, call 415-865-0176 or email info@transgenderlawcenter.org.
Mission Statement
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organi-zation advocating for trans-gender communities. Everyday we connect transgen-der people and their fami-lies to technically sound andculturally competent legalservices, increase accep-tance and enforcement oflaws and policies that sup-port transgender commu-nities, and work to changelaws and systems that fail toincorporate the needs andexperiences of transgender people.TLC utilizes direct legal servic-es, public policy advocacy,and public education to ad-vance the rights and safetyof diverse transgender com-munities. TLC uses the term“transgender” to representall of the innumerable gen-ders and forms of gender ex-pression that fall within andoutside of stereotypical gen-der norms. TLC also under-stands, acknowledges, andresists non-gender basedoppressions, which limit peo-ple’s ability to live in peace.
Injusticedoesn’t stop,why should I?
- Jazzie Collins,San Francisco-basedtransgender activist
TLC staff after 2010 Transgender Advocacy Day(Not present: Alexis Rivera)

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