In the wake of mass employee departures over a stalemate in union negotiations, the head of the National Center for Transgender Equality is ready to rebuild with an official plan forward — but those former staffers aren’t giving up the fight either.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said Monday in an interview with the Washington Blade after the departures of the employees — which left the non-profit with eight staffers after a high of 21 this year— that new hires are on the way.
“I think that everybody agrees that NCTE is an absolutely integral part of fighting for trans rights here in Washington and around the country, so what we have to do is create the strongest possible NCTE moving forward,” Keisling said.
The plan is laid out in a document obtained exclusively by the Washington Blade titled simply, “The Plan Forward,” which identifies goals for the organization over the course of six month and throughout 2020.
With this plan underway, Keisling said the National Center for Transgender Equality will continue its mission of defending transgender people amid attacks from the Trump administration and elsewhere.
“Trans people are going to be attacked in at least a dozen states in some really horrible ways this year,” Keisling said. “I don’t know if you’ve seen some of these bills that we’re looking at they’re targeting kids, and in particular kids’ doctors and their parents for providing health care. We’re going to have to be in that fight.”