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Founder, Michael Silverman leaves transgender organization, but not the cause

'The time is right for this transition; it is a natural part of the organization’s growth'

Founder, Michael Silverman leaves transgender organization, but not the cause
Photo: Transgender Legal
Michael Silverman steps down as TLDEF Executive Director

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) announced yesterday that founder Michael Silverman plans to step down as executive editor of the transgender organization.

Under the wing of Silverman, TLDEF has been making a huge impact on the lives of the transgender community since it was founded in 2003. The Name Change Project helped thousands of members of the transgender community by getting them free legal services from prestigious law firms across the US in order to legally change their names.

Silverman fought for a variety of trans issues, including the use of restrooms without discrimination, access to health care, obtaining government-issued IDs that match who trans men and women identify as, as well as the safety of trans students at school.

‘I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to lead TLDEF for more than a decade and shepherd its growth over that period. The time is right for this transition; it is a natural part of the organization’s growth,’ said Silverman.

Silverman has worked as an attorney in the LGBTI civil rights movement since 1994 and said he hopes to continue the fight for the rights of LGBTI freedom and equality.

Alaina Kupec, board co-chair of TLDEF, said: ‘Michael’s vision, dedication and tenacity helped build TLDEF into a tremendous advocacy resource for the transgender community’.

Transgender issues are currently at the forefront in many political campaigns and all over media across the world. Kupec also said Silverman is leaving the organization financially strong with a ‘legacy of legal successes’.

TLDEF’s board of directors has retained the services of Joan Garry Consulting, a firm focused on building effective nonprofit leadership, and the steps to hire a new executive director have already been taken.

Silverman said: ‘I plan to work as hard as ever for the community during the upcoming transition period and to position TLDEF for enormous future success’.


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