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Kris Hayashi

Director of Advocacy and Action

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Kris Hayashi, National LGBTQ Task Force Director of Advocacy and Action

Kris Hayashi is the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Director of the Advocacy and Action department, encompassing the organization’s policy, field, and faith teams. Hayashi is a longtime LGBTQ activist and critical leader in the fight for transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming members of the community.

Kris Hayashi has been active in social, racial, and economic justice movements for 30 years and specifically within LGBT movements for the last 20. Kris most recently served as the Executive Director at the Transgender Law Center (TLC). TLC is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender-nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for rights and justice. Previously, Kris served as the Executive Director/Co-Director of the Audre Lorde Project (ALP), a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-spirit, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color organizing center based in New York City. Prior to ALP, he served as Executive Director of Youth United for Community Action, a youth organizing group in California led by young people of color organizing for social and environmental justice. Kris currently serves on the board of the California Endowment.

Recent posts by Kris Hayashi

A group of people in from of the U.S. Capitol with signs that reads "Trans People Belong." They are smiling and facing the camera.
March 30, 2024

Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility

This week and every day the National LGBTQ Task Force – the country’s oldest LGBTQ+ advocacy organization – honors our trans, nonbinary and gender non-confirming siblings around the world.   On March 31st we join in annually observing Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). Trans people deserve so much more than visibility and representation remains important. Join us in uplifting and…