TLC is growing, and in the past few months we have welcomed some amazing new folks to our team. Meet them below!
Raquel Willis is a writer, activist, public speaker and media maven. Originally from Augusta, GA., she graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism in 2013 and hasn’t stopped writing since. Since graduation, she’s worked in media through newspapers and online publications.
Her writing has been featured on The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Autostraddle, Medium’s Cuepoint and ForHarriet. She really wants to use her voice and talents to inspire and uplift marginalized individuals, particularly trans women of color. Her local activism work includes trans advocacy and working with the Solutions Not Punishments Coalition to alleviate the issues of mass incarceration and police brutality in Atlanta. More about Raquel»
Jack is a disabled genderqueer activist with eight years of experience organizing for economic, gender and disability justice in both the U.S. and the U.K.. Originally from the north of England, Jack graduated from the University of Cambridge with an AQA award for their dissertation on queer representation through photography. Jack has published a highly successful community magazine, hosted sold-out fund-raisers, funded and opened the first LGBT library in Cambridge, and campaigned for better accessibility within the queer community, while also working as a graphic designer who offers sliding scale consulting and design work for local queer businesses. Jack strives to center low-income and disabled folk in their organizing. When not hustling for social justice and survival, Jack can be found doing photography with a steaming mug of coffee, or coveting design ideas on Pinterest. Jack also works with their service dog, Kato. Kato has two years of experience in killing socks, and is passionate about licking peoples knees, especially if they moisturize with coconut oil. More about Jack»
Shawn Thomas Meerkamper is a staff attorney at Transgender Law Center and identifies as a genderqueer, anti-racist, social justice lawyer. They re-joined TLC after a short stint at the ACLU of Nevada, where they worked on issues ranging from LGBT prisoners’ rights to civil asset forfeiture. Previously, Shawn spent two years as a legal fellow at TLC where they were part of the team in Norsworthy v. Beard and Quine v. Beard—two cases that forced the California prison system to radically revise its policies regarding incarcerated transgender people—as well as In Re Change of Birth Certificate, which reduced barriers to gender-appropriate identity documents for rural transgender Indianans. More about Shawn»
Jadé Mora Gutiérrez
Legal Helpline Associate
Asistente de Línea Informativa
Jade is an undocumented DACAfied transfemme Xicana. Having migrated from Mexico and grown up in Milwaukee, WI, she has been a part of community organizing and building since a young age because of lived experiences within many intersectionalities. Now working on finishing her bachelors within Printmaking and Drawing, Jade joins the Transgender Law Center team as the Bilingual Legal Helpline Assistant. More about Jade»
Positively Trans Program Associate
Beatrix McBride comes from a background in library and information science, and, before coming to Transgender Law Center, she worked in public and academic libraries, archives, public universities, museums, community-based non-profits, and major corporations. In her previous work, she has used skills of research and information management and organization, as well as over ten years of knowledge and experience within movements for social change and liberation, to push toward a more just world in which all people have the information and resources that they want and need to thrive. She has a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and a master’s degree in Information Science, both from the University of Michigan. Before moving to the Bay Area, Beatrix lived, studied, and worked in Michigan, Tennessee, Seattle, and Santa Barbara. More about Beatrix»