Interview with Mara Keisling at the 2018 Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference

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The National Center for Transgender Equality’s Mara Keisling gives us an update on the Trump administration’s attempt to remove anti-discrimination protections from the Affordable Care Act and what the members of the transgender community can do to fight back. The NCTE has partnered with the Transgender Law Center, and they have created a new website to help organize the community to take a stand against the administration’s attempts to remove vital protections for transgender people.

To learn more and to help, go to

Video by Victoria Elizabeth

Interview by Mila Madison

About Mara Keisling:

Mara Keisling is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

Mara’s strategy and vision have guided NCTE’s work since 2003. She has led organizational and coalition efforts that have won significant advances in transgender equality, including the inclusion of gender identity in the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act from 2007 onward and countless other federal- and state-level wins.

Mara also co-authored Injustice at Every Turn, the groundbreaking 2009 report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, and the report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey.

As one of the nation’s leading voices for transgender equality, Mara is regularly quoted in national and local print media and has appeared on major television networks, including being part of the first all-transgender panel on a national news show in 2012.

Mara, a proud Pennsylvanian, received her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and did graduate work in American Government at Harvard University. Prior to founding NCTE, Mara worked for 25 years in social marketing and opinion research.


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