I spent my summer in Washington, D.C., interning for the National Center for Transgender Equality. NCTE is a social justice organization that focuses on national policy issues affecting the lives of transgender people.
During my internship with NCTE, I was able to work on a wide range of issues. I drafted legal and policy memoranda to help NCTE advocate with federal agencies to improve health care access and eliminate health care disparities for transgender people under the Affordable Care Act. I also worked on issues affecting transgender seniors, such as resident rights in long-term care facilities, and the opportunities for the Administration on Aging to reduce discrimination against LGBT seniors. In addition, my colleagues and I worked on drafting a comprehensive memo regarding discrimination faced by transgender employees who work in security and law enforcement.
I was continually impressed by how much NCTE is able to accomplish, and I learned a great deal during my time there. I am very grateful for the support of the BHRC Summer Human Rights Fellowship for making this experience possible.