Cecilia Chung at White House Briefing

For the sixth annual International Transgender Day of Visibility, Transgender Law Center Senior Strategist Cecilia Chung celebrated by joining other trans women of color leaders in educating one of the most visible institutions in the country — the White House.

The event, “A Briefing on the Issues Faced by Trans Women of Color,” gathered a diverse group of transgender advocates to brief the White House on issues facing transgender women of color as part of #TDoV2015 and Women’s History Month. In addition to TLC’s Cecilia Chung, speakers included Bamby Salcedo from the Trans Latina Coalition, Ruby Corado from Casa Ruby, Mattee Jim from Trans People of Color Coalition, LaLa Zannell from the National Anti-Violence Project, Kylar Broadus and Stacey Long Simmons from the National LGBTQ Task Force, Tracee McDaniels from Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan from the National Center for Transgender Equality,  and Dr. Ayana Elliot, FNP.

Wh-briefing-panel“It was a momentous day with so many trans women of color leaders discussing the root causes of violence that trans women of color face,” Cecilia Chung reported back. “I am hopeful that this is the beginning and I look forward to many more discussion opportunities to come.”
Today’s White House event came on the heels of this weekend’s National Trans Anti-Violence Convening, a first-of-its-kind national gathering of 100 grassroots transgender leaders to connect across regions, share solutions, and build upon national strategies that address the physical and structural violence transgender communities face daily.  #NTAVC15 was organized by Transgender Law Center in partnership with Trans Women of Color Collective, Tennessee Trans Journey Project, TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project, and INCITE!.