Shawn Demmons

Why did you join Transgender Law Center Board of Directors?
As a self-identified transman who values and has benefited from the important work of Transgender Law Center, I want to give back to my community.

What’s one thing you would like people to know about you?
I want people to know that I, like TLC, possess a strong commitment to social and racial justice and am invested in working to create a world where all people are valued and free to live an authentic life. Plus, I love to play scrabble!

What does Black History Month mean to you?
It’s a time to remember that I am more than a descendent of enslaved Africans. It’s a time to honor my ancestors who both survived and thrived despite barriers, and a time to acknowledge, share, and celebrate my rich history and culture. Happy Black History Month!

If you could have one super hero trait what would it be and why?
I would have superhuman mentality like Brainiac and become the all-time winning Jeopardy champ of the world!


Marci Bowers

Why did you join Transgender Law Center Board of Directors?
In a perfect world, there would be no need for the TLC. But transgender persons face societal obstacles  in terms of understanding, in terms of emplyment and discrimination in general. Transgender Law Center needs to be here.

What’s one thing you would like people to know about you?
I want people to know that my identity is first as a woman surgeon and that being transgender is something that can be drawn upon but is not the first thing I think of each morning.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black history and its struggle for Human rights is an ongoing effort that parallels the struggles faced by all transgender persons today.

If you could have one super hero trait what would it be and why?
I would like the ability to fly….so that I could avoid those intrusive TSA Xray body scanners and airline baggage fees


Jae Maldonado is a transmasculine, bi-cultural, Latino transplantfrom the east coast. A native of New Jersey, he started his career in fundraising at various agencies including Legal Momentum and New School University. After years of wine and cheese events, he was moved to serve marginalized communities that felt more like home. In August of 2005, Jae began to work for a small community based organization in Newark, New Jersey where he found his calling managing programs for recently emigrated families. After four years directing Family Literacy programs in Newark, NJ, Jae decided it was time for a change of scenery and moved to San Francisco. Since arriving to the bay Jae has coordinated Summer Reading, Parenting and After School Programs in San Francisco’s Mission District. Most recently applying his background in racial justice as Program Director for Social Justice at the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, where he directed a leadership and employment program for LGBTQQ youth.