TLC@SONG is a newly formed national collaboration based in Atlanta, GA. The collaboration joins the Transgender Law Center’s long history of legal, policy and trans-specific expertise with Southerners on New Ground’s well-respected southern base-building and organizing shop. TLC@SONG focuses on policy advocacy, legal work, public education and movement building. Click HERE for more information about SONG.
On March 23rd, in a rushed special session that cost taxpayers over $40,000, North Carolina legislators hurriedly enacted a sweeping new law targeting LGBT people and workers on an unprecedented scale. House Bill 2 forces transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with the gender they live as every day, putting student lives and billions of dollars in federal funding under Title IX at risk.Transgender Law Center and Southerners on New Ground are responding to HB2 with a mix of legal strategies, organized resistance, and other efforts through our joint program, TLC@SONG. Take Action for North Carolina HERE!
Mickyel “Micky” Bradford
TLC@SONG Regional Organizer
Micky is a magical Black transfemme and army brat, born in Germany yet raised in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia. She joins the TLC@SONG collaboration after working for four years in Atlanta on HIV/AIDS prevention and consulting, LGBTQ youth homelessness, and organizing Queer and Trans artists of color.
We are conducting a transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) listening tour in the South through the spring, summer, and fall of this year. If you want to know more about the tour or be a potential host contact Micky@transgenderlawcenter.org.
Georgia Department of Justice Investigation
As a result of a settlement of a lawsuit by the Southern Poverty Law Center in the case of Ashley Diamond (a transgender woman sexually assaulted while incarcerated in the Georgia Department Of Corrections (DOC), the Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a system-wide investigation of abuse and discrimination against LGBTQ people in the Georgia DOC. This includes state prisons inside of Georgia and issues related to housing, healthcare access, protection from sexual assault, staff harassment and safety of LGBT persons.
We are collecting stories to present to the DOJ and are looking for:
- People who are LGBT identified
- Formerly or currently incarcerated in a Georgia state prison (This does NOT include Georgia jails.)
- Experienced discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, issues accessing healthcare, etc. while in prison
- Willing to share their experience with an attorney and/or the DOJ investigator
For people who are currently in prison, call Flor Bermudez from Transgender Law Center at 510-380-8229.