We are transgender and gender non-conforming advocates, attorneys, and community leaders who stand in solidarity with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) workers who were pushed out of their jobs. We write in our individual capacities, not on behalf of any organization we work for or may be associated with. Some of us have included our organization name with our signature for identification purposes only.
We are admirers of NCTE. Many of us rely on NCTE's work and research to do our day-to-day jobs advocating for policy change, bringing impact litigation, organizing our communities or providing direct services to trans and gender non-conforming people. But we cannot sit idly by and watch as yet another form of institutional violence hurts our communities.
We are devastated, but sadly we are not shocked. We have all experienced discrimination because of our trans or gender nonconforming identities. For many of us, these experiences inspired us to work for organizations that fight for the rights of our communities. Many of us at some point have thought, "If I would not be safe working at a trans-led organization advocating for our collective liberation, then where would I be safe?"
However, we know that trans-led organizations are not immune to oppression. Many of us have witnessed or experienced racism, classism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, or ableism while working within trans-led organizations. We recognize that our society is inherently racist, classist, transphobic, homophobic, xenophobic, and ableist. We are, thus, not surprised that nonprofit organizations that mimic for-profit hierarchical structures, including trans-led organizations, suffer from the same problems.
More troubling than hearing that NCTE has struggled with racism and other forms of oppression is what we have learned is the response of NCTE management when confronted. When almost all workers in an organization stand together and demand persons at the top look in the mirror and adress intersecting forms of oppression, the answer -- at least, if the goal is to address the problem -- is not to force those same workers to leave.
We are distressed that as trans and gender nonconforming people are fighting for survival, the NCTE workers fighting for our communities have lost their livelihoods, economic security, and safety. We are pained that our laws and structures enable NCTE, whose charitable purpose is to advocate for trans and gender non-conforming people, to commit violence against the very people it aims to protect. We are disturbed that leaders at NCTE are unable to see how the power they wield is harming our trans and gender nonconforming communities.
We stand in solidarity with the NCTE workers who were pushed out of their jobs.
1. Daniel Faessler, East Bay Community Law Center -- San Francisco, California
2. Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan -- Washington, D.C.
3. Ezra Ishmael Young -- New York City, New York
4. C.P. Hoffman -- Greenbelt, Maryland
5. Ari Chivukula -- Berkeley, California
6. Mallory Hale -- Berkeley, California
7. Asher M. Waite-Jones, East Bay Community Law Center -- Berkeley, California
8. Corinne Green -- New Orleans, Louisiana
9. Taylor Brown -- New York City, New York
10. Kyle Rapinan -- New York City, New York
11. Carmen Jovel, East Bay Community Law Center -- Oakland, California
12. Ari M.K. Jones, Oasis Legal Services -- Oakland, California
13. Julian Castronovo -- Brooklyn, New York
14. Daye Pope, Trans United -- Washington, D.C.
15. Daroneshia Duncan-Boyd, Trans United -- Birmingham, Alabama
16. Milo Primeaux -- Dansville, New York
17. Pau I. Crego -- San Francisco, California
18. Nora Huppert -- Los Angeles, California
19. Kendra Albert, Harvard Law School -- Cambridge, Massachusetts
20. Hayden Mora -- Washington, D.C.
21. Lanna J. Allen, Washburn University School of Law -- Topeka, Kansas
22. A.D. Sean Lewis, Stanford Law School -- San Francisco, California
23. Alejandra Caraballo -- New York City, New York
24. Luc Athayde-Rizzaro -- New York City, New York
25. Rebecca Kling -- Washington, D.C.
26. Joanna Cifredo de Fellma -- Bayamon, Puerto Rico
27. Rhys Harper -- Albuquerque, New Mexico
28. Luke Stavrand -- Brooklyn, New York
29. Octavia Y. Lewis -- Bronx, New York
30. Mara Glubka -- Richfield, Minnesota
31. Tris Mamone -- Easton, Maryland
32. Andrea Zekis -- Little Rock, Arkansas and Washington, D.C.
33. Krystopher Stephens, Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaborative -- Little Rock, Arkansas
34. Tucker Duval -- Athens, Georgia
35. Monica Roberts, TransGriot -- Houston, Texas
36. Jay Haliczer, Disability Rights Oregon -- Portland, Oregon
37. Sarah Gehring -- Athens, Georgia
38. Carsen Beckwith -- Washington, D.C.
39. Madeline McKenna -- Burlington, Vermont
40. Jennifer Michelle Chavez -- El Paso, Texas
41. Jamey Jesperson -- New York City, New York
42. Leif Warren -- San Diego, California
43. Kingsly Alec McConnell, University of Washington School of Law -- Seattle, Washington
44. Jasper Bettendorf, TransChance Health -- Sacramento, California
45. Anandrea Molina, Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas -- Texas
46. Ezra Halstead, Trans Healthcare Maryland -- Baltimore, Maryland
47. Maria Carmen Hinayon, Law Office of Maria Carmen Hinayon -- Bay Area, California
48. Kel O'Hara, Equal Rights Advocates -- Oakland, California
49. Michae Pulido -- Los Angeles, California
50. Samantha Jo-Dato, TGI Justice Project -- San Francisco, California
51. Adam Campanile -- Greenbelt, Maryland
52. Blake Michael Tucker -- Las Vegas, Nevada
53. Trey Ramsey -- Ithaca, New York
54. Crispin Torres -- Chicago, Illinois
55. Emma Shinn, Colorado Name Change Project -- Denver, Colorado
56. J. Remy Green, Cohen & Green P.L.L.C. -- New York City, New York