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TLC@SONG:  Transgender Law Center announces its national expansion in the South

February 10, 2015- Oakland, CA – Transgender Law Center, one of the country’s leading transgender advocacy organization, and Southerners on New Ground (SONG), the largest LGBTQ grassroots organization in the South, is proud to announce TLC@SONG a new form of national collaboration.

Officially announced to thousands of LGBTQ activists in Denver, CO at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference, TLC@SONG promises to be a new form of national collaboration that marries Transgender Law Center’s long history of legal, policy and trans-specific expertise inside of SONG’s well-respected southern base-building and organizing shop.

“As the largest regional grassroots LGBTQ organization in the South, SONG sees TLC@SONG as a way to add new capacity in the South to work against the violent attacks on trans and gender nonconforming communities with integrity and accountability to our region” said Caitlin Breedlove, SONG Co-Director. “There is already some strong trans and gender nonconforming-led work in the south and we want to see that grow through innovative national collaboration.”

“With one-third of LGBTQ people in the entire country living in the South, and yet as recently as 2013, the South receiving less than 3% of LGBTQ funding nationally. Thousands of those LGBTQ people are trans or gender non-conforming” said Kris Hayashi, Executive Director at Transgender Law Center.  “Our hope is that TLC@SONG will be a step towards supporting trans leadership in the South to win campaigns and protections that are needed.”

Transgender Law Center recently completed a 3-5 year strategic planning process which included surveying key leaders and organizations advancing Trans Rights, and assessing community need and resources across the country.  As a result of this planning process and the intentional partnership between TLC and SONG, the work will be a mix of policy advocacy, legal work, public education and movement building.

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