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Recent Press Releases & Statements:
- Statement from Kris Hayashi on the 2016 election November 9, 2016
- Supreme Court to Hear Transgender Student’s Case October 28, 2016
- Judge leaves in place preliminary injunction requiring district to allow Ash Whitaker to use restroom at school as case proceeds October 3, 2016
- CA Governor Signs “All-Gender” Restroom Bill September 29, 2016
- Family Sues Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego for Discriminatory Treatment of Transgender Teenager September 26, 2016
- Victory! Court orders WI school to immediately halt discriminatory policy against transgender student September 20, 2016
- TLC Applauds Final HUD Rule Requiring Equal Access to Emergency Shelters September 20, 2016
- Transgender Law Center and MALDEF file lawsuit against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence challenging discriminatory name-change law September 13, 2016
- District Court Issues Injunction against Guidance Protecting Transgender Students August 22, 2016
- Wisconsin Transgender Student Asks Court to Take Immediate Action to Stop Discriminatory Policy Before School Starts August 15, 2016
Kris Hayashi, Executive Director
Kris Hayashi has over 20 years of movement building, leadership and organizing experience. As a public transgender person of color, Kris has been a leader in movements for justice and rights for transgender and gender nonconforming communities for over 13 years.
Kris became Executive Director at Transgender Law Center, one of the largest organizations in the country advancing the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people, in February 2015. Prior to that, he had served over a year in the role of Deputy Director at the organization.
Kris took on his first Executive Director position at the age of 23 at Youth United for Community Action in California (YUCA). YUCA is a grassroots community organization created, led, and run by young people of color, to provide a safe space for young people to empower themselves and work on environmental and social justice issues to establish positive systemic change through grassroots community organizing. Kris took on his second Executive Director position five years later at the age of 28 at the Audre Lorde Project (ALP) in New York City. ALP is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, trans and gender nonconforming people of color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Kris served as Executive Director at ALP for over ten years. During his tenure at ALP, ALP launched one of the first organizing and advocacy projects in the country led by trans and gender nonconforming people of color, the annual NYC Trans Day of Action now in its 11th year, and won a monumental campaign getting NYC’s welfare agency to adopt community developed policies on serving trans and gender nonconforming people.