Attorney and Trans Activist Kylar W. Broadus Releases Statement for Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20th

LOS ANGELES – The “T” in LGBTQ is having a moment. The trans movement is in full swing and part of the public’s consciousness, thanks in part to actress Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”) as well as Olympian and reality star Caitlyn Jenner, appearing on the covers of Time and Vanity Fair magazines, respectively. But trans people like activist Kylar W. Broadus have been in the trenches for some time now, and he’s featured as one of five trans people in the November issue of Esquire magazine. For the article, visit

A professor, attorney and activist, Broadus is the founder of Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), which is the only national civil rights organization dedicated to trans people of color. The Fayette, Missouri native transitioned in 1994. Broadus, 52, is also the first openly transgender person to testify before the Senate during a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (EDNA), which is legislation, prohibiting discrimination in hiring and employment on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity. He was one of several people invited on stage with President Barack Obama when he signed an Executive Order, protecting LGBT workers.

In advance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance – recognized on November 20th -- he was back on Capitol Hill this week in partnership with various LGBT organizations, including the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to address discrimination, policing and violence against transgender people, especially transgender women of color. Despite a banner year of visibility for trans people, it was also a record year for anti-transgender violence. In 2015, at least 21 transgender people have been victim of violence nationwide, which are more killings of transgender people than any other year on record. Nearly all of them were transgender women of color. 

Broadus’s organization and the HRC collaborated on a report, titled “Addressing Anti-transgender Violence,” to spotlight the concerns of the trans community. To review the report, visit


“Transgender Day of Remembrance allows us to honor and mourn those lost in the trans community as well put a spotlight on the work that still needs to be done to protect the rights of trans people in their pursuit of happiness. The transgender community has made great strides in its visibility, but there’s still systematic discrimination that allows trans lives, especially trans women of color, to be de-valued and violently killed. 

This is the time for transgender rights to be at the forefront because transgender people are some of the most marginalized people in this country due to the lack of understanding. Too many transgender people loose their lives due to homicide or suicide because of other people's lack of knowledge or refusal to educate themselves. Most transgender people cannot get employed, obtain housing or get a ride on the bus when others discover someone is transgender. Transgender people have been around since the beginning of time. This isn't a new trend. It’s the ‘T’ in LGBT. It's time for the discrimination to end. We must all come together to combat this problem.” 


"It's really disheartening that Houston -- one of the largest cities in Texas -- doesn't have anti-discrimination protection for all of its citizens. Transgender people work and pay taxes like everyone else, and deserve not to be discriminated against in any way, shape or form. By not passing the HERO ordinance, it shows a lack of respect for transgender people as well as the LGBT community.”


After facing discrimination for his right to gender identity and expression, Kylar W. Broadus, a transgender man, has dedicated his life’s work to advancing the policy, legal, and legislative concerns of LGBTQ Americans. In 2010, he founded the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), which is the only national civil rights organization dedicated to trans people of color. He’s currently a board member of the National Black Justice Coalition, and served as board chair from 2007 through 2010.

For more than 20 years, Broadus taught law at the Lincoln University of Missouri, ranked 48th among the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by U. S. News & World Report. From 1997 to 2013, Broadus also maintained a law practice in Columbia, Missouri, including the groundbreaking representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients in family law, criminal law, and other areas.

Additionally, Broadus formerly served as senior public policy counsel at the National LGBTQ Task Force as well as the director of the organization’s Transgender Civil Rights Project. He also held the position of state legislative manager and counsel for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), where he worked with state stakeholders to pass LGBT-inclusive legislation.  In 2012, Broadus was one of thirteen openly transgender delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

He’s published numerous scholarly articles, including the groundbreaking essay, “The Evolution of Employment Discrimination Protection for Transgender People,” published in Transgender Rights. Plus, he’s been recognized for his activism, including Sue J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement by the National LGBTQ Task Force and the Pioneer Award at the TransFaith in Color Conference, presented by the Freedom Center of Social Justice. In 2013, he was recognized as one of Out magazine’s OUT100, an annual list of the year's most compelling LGBT people.

Broadus is featured in the award-winning documentary, “Still Black: A Portrait of Transmen,” directed by Kortney Ryan Ziegler. 

·       For more information about Kylar W. Broadus and his activism, visit

·       For more about the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), visit

·       To view the Senate testimony of Kylar W. Broadus on Youtube,


·       For a look at Kylar W. Broadus interview in the doc, “Still Black: A Portrait of Transmen,” visit Vimeo at or Broadus’s blog at



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PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Danielle Levitt