National LGBTQ Task Force Announces 2015 Transgender Leadership Exchange

Washington, DC, January 16, 2015 — The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced its 2015 Trans Leadership Exchange, a unique six-month leadership development program for transgender and gender non-conforming community leaders, will be launched at the 27th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.

“Over the years, through our Academy for Leadership and Action, we have helped nurture and develop thousands LGBTQ activists who have gone on to achieve lasting change in a whole variety of advocacy areas. This year we had a record number of applicants for the Trans Leadership Exchange, who are from every region of the country and who represent the wide diversity of the trans community. This in itself is very exciting as it indicates a real hunger within the community to advance leadership talent and to tear down the barriers that exist in every aspect of LGBTQ lives — at school, at home, at work, in health care, in spiritual and religious communities, at the polling booth, in retirement, and in basic human rights,” said Rev. Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force.

The twenty-two community leaders selected to participate in the program represent a wide range of backgrounds and include campaign organizers, policy advocates, faith leaders, higher education professionals, and community and health center workers. In addition to coming together for the first time in Denver, participants are scheduled to meet at the Stone Circle House in Mebane, North Carolina and the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee. The Trans Leadership Exchange is available at low or no cost to all accepted participants.


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