IFGE promotes acceptance for transgender people. We advocate for freedom of gender expression and promote the understanding and acceptance of All People: Transgender, Cis-gender, Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Hijra, Kathoey, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Butch, Femme, Faerie, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of course - You!

IFGE Welcomes Census Policy Change on Same-Sex Marriages

WASHINGTON - The International Foundation for Gender Education welcomes the new White House directive to release same-sex marriage data from the upcoming census. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) had been used to justify withholding federal statistics about same-sex marriages for the last decade. The new directive would put an end to this practice.

"Transgender People have had their lives and identities discounted for far too long. Having legitimate marriages erased by bureaucrats is intolerable," said Denise Leclair, executive director of IFGE. "Reversing this offensive policy is a major step forward for the entire LGBT community. We thank the administration for addressing this injustice."

Thousands of heterosexual marriages have become what are effectively same-sex marriages when one partner transitions to the other sex. Although these marriages are legal, rules enacted to prevent gay and lesbian marriages have frequently been used against them as well.
The International Foundation for Gender Education promotes acceptance for transgender people everywhere through education. Founded in 1978, IFGE is the largest transgender advocacy organization with members worldwide. Providing educational outreach for the emancipation of all gender variant people from restrictive gender norms, IFGE is a non-profit educational corporation with offices in Waltham, MA and Washington, DC and is recognized by the I.R.S. as a 501c(3) charitable organization .

Stephanie Battaglino
201.704.2996 NY | 202.207.8364 DC
Communications Director
International Foundation for Gender Education

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H.R. 2981 - Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009

111th CONGRESS 1st Session
H. R. 2981

To prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

June 19, 2009

Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts (for himself, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr. CONYERS, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. POLIS of Colorado, Mr. ANDREWS, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. CASTLE, Mr. KIRK, Mr. LANCE, and Mr. PLATTS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on House Administration, Oversight and Government Reform, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

President Obama Proclaims LGBT Pride Month 2009

June 1, 2009
Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

IFGE Calls for Action from APA


Whereas people are naturally endowed with a wide diversity of gender expression, identities, and sexual orientations;

Whereas, the distress felt by gender non-conforming people is fundamentally due to social prejudice and heterosexism, and is not a characteristic of their identities;

Whereas diagnosis of psychological disorders has been used as a form of social control;

Whereas, the inclusion of normal variations of behavior as diagnostic criteria has been widely used to justify discrimination against gender non-conforming people by individuals, governments, and corporations; and has resulted in material harm to people;

Whereas, the principle responsibility of medicine is to "Do No Harm;"

Therefore, be it resolved that we find the American Psychiatric Association to have a responsibility to ameliorate this harm, and hereby call for the following remedies:

(1) We hereby call on the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association to issue a declaration stating that: Gender variance, and gender non-conforming behavior do not constitute a psychological disorder;

(2) We hereby call on the American Psychiatric Association to remove the diagnosis of so- called "Transvestic Fetishism," which explicitly pathologizes gender non-conforming behavior, from their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual;

(3) We hereby call for the reform of any diagnosis that can be made solely based on gender non-conforming behavior, specifically including “Gender Identity Disorder in Children.”

Resolved this day May 15, 2009 by the Board of Directors of
The International Foundation for Gender Education

New Jersey MVC Updates Gender Declaration Policy

(TRENTON) April 27, 2009 – New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chief Administrator Sharon A. Harrington today announced that customers who are preparing to undergo sexual reassignment will be permitted to change the gender status of their New Jersey Driver License to reflect the new gender that they have begun to identify with prior to surgery. The policy update reflects the understanding that sexual reassignment is an extended process for the transgender community.

IFGE Applauds Gainesville Pro-Equality Vote

WASHINGTON - The International Foundation for Gender Education applauds the citizens of Gainesville, Florida for their strong show of support for equality. More than 58% of the voters rejected Charter Amendment 1, which would have stripped protections for gender identity and sexual orientation from the city's nondiscrimination laws. Equality is Gainesville's Business brought together a powerful coalition of local and national organizations to prevent this amendment from being enacted.


Washington, D.C. - At the recently concluded 2009 annual conference, the International Foundation for Gender Education Board of Directors elections were held, resulting in the following slate of Directors:

Executive Director: Denise Leclair
Chair: Bree A. Hartlage
Vice-Chair: Andrea Von Kaenel
Secretary: Allyson Robinson
Treasurer: Ethan St. Pierre
Communication Director: Stephanie Battaglino
Director: Wendi Reiss
Director: Catherine Lynn Andrews
Director: Robyn Webb

IFGE Announces Trinity Award Recipients, to be Presented at the 23rd Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA

Waltham, MA & Washington, D.C., January 5, 2009 - The Awards Committee of the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) is proud to announce the 2009 Trinity Award recipients:

Ms. Lisa Mottet, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Mr. Spencer Bergstedt, North Sound Law, P.S.
Mr. Gunner Scott, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition

"The Channel" TGSF December 2008

TGSF will be having its Holiday party on Friday, December 19th, at 8:00 PM at the Blue Muse Restaurant, 370 Grove St., San Francisco (415)701-9888. Those of you who have been involved with TGSF for a long time will certainly remember The Blue Muse as the fine restaurant where we held our socials for many years. The restaurant closed several years ago, but the original owners recently reopened it in a new location. We are looking forward to seeing it once again.

Sweden Removes Transvestism from List of Disorders

Sweden: November 16, 2008

Transvestism, along with six other sexual behaviours, will be struck from

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