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Recent Press Releases & Statements:
- Families of transgender youth speak out in brief to Supreme Court of the United States March 2, 2017
- Join Transgender Law Center in opposing nomination of Neil Gorsuch to SCOTUS February 1, 2017
- Outpouring of support for transgender student Ash Whitaker in the 7th Circuit January 31, 2017
- We must be our refuge: message from Kris Hayashi January 28, 2017
- TLC Backs CA Bill to Create New Gender Marker and Ease Process for Gender Change in Court Orders and on State Documents January 26, 2017
- TLC Rallies Resistance to Presidential Actions Targeting Immigrants and Muslims January 25, 2017
- Nuevo programa ampliará la respuesta legal de emergencia para inmigrantes transgénero January 18, 2017
- Transgender Law Center launches Trans Immigrant Defense Effort (TIDE) January 18, 2017
- President Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s sentence January 17, 2017
- TLC condemns North Carolina legislature and calls for full, immediate repeal of HB2 December 21, 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.