Two US transgender organizations announce merger

The merger is a win for the transgender community having a united front against inequality. Image credit to Getty Images.
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In a notable development for transgender advocacy, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) in the United States are teaming up to create Advocates for Trans Equality (A4TE).

This comes at a time when things have been challenging for the LGBTQ+ community, especially the transgender community, due to changes in federal policies and legal challenges.

According to the leaders involved in the merger, the move isn’t about business. Both NCTE and TLDEF have been doing well financially as seen in public documents. Their strong commitment to fighting for transgender rights and tackling the issues faced by this community is what pushed them to do the merger.

Both organizations are ensuring their employees that everyone is keeping their positions, which shows how much they value the experience and knowledge of their staff.

This move to create A4TE could not have come at a more crucial time. The LGBTQ+ community, especially trans people, has seen a growth in legislative changes against the community. Last year alone, more than 500 bills were introduced by conservative lawmakers targeting LGBTQ+ people, surpassing the previous year’s record of 315. Many of these bills seek to limit transgender minors’ involvement in school sports and access to important gender-affirming care.

Twenty-three states have passed laws keeping transgender students from joining sports teams that match their gender identities. These states are gradually putting restrictions or outright bans on medical treatments such as hormone therapy and puberty blockers for transgender minors.

In the midst of this legislative landscape, the NCTE and TLDEF merger into A4TE stands as a strategic response to advancing transgender rights, equality, and justice amid the ever-changing socio-political climate in the United States.

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