'Now we can serve openly': Biden administration reverses trans military ban

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday to reverse a policy that prohibited transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Military. 

"Today, I repealed the discriminatory ban on transgender people serving in the military. It’s simple: America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride," President Biden tweeted. 

 

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Statement in response to Utah H.B. 92

Candice Metzler, Executive Director for Transgender Education Advocates of Utah, released the following statement in response to Utah House Bill 92, which is sponsored by Rep. Rex Shipp in the 2021 Utah Legislative Session:

"H.B. 92 demonstrates how power and authority can be used to stigmatize and degrade vulnerable groups of people. One only needs to examine the language in the bill to understand that it is about bias towards people whose gender identity and/or body do not conform to social expectations.
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2021 Community Needs Survey

Happy New Year from Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah! The new year brings renewed hope for positive change and a healthier and more prosperous future. We have seen what can happen when we work together to overcome great challenges, and we are excited about the opportunities for change that lie before us.
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Salt Lake City recognizes November 20 as Transgender Day of Remembrance

Mayor Erin Mendenhall and the Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to recognize November 20 as Transgender Day of Remembrance. 

 

 

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

More than 300 Trans Pride flags are on display at the Salt Lake City and County Building this week for Trans Awareness Week, and a virtual memorial is planned for Friday November 20 at 6 p.m.

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TEA of Utah on 2020 Presidential Election

"It has been a long four years for many Americans, including many transgender and gender diverse people. After years of being a target for numerous Trump administration policies, transgender and gender diverse people have new hope for positive change. 

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TEA of Utah statement on Supreme Court ruling in favor of workplace protections

"Today’s 6-3 Supreme Court decision will protect LGBTQ folks from discrimination in the workplace. Everyone deserves the right to pursue happiness and live authentically with dignity.

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2020 Employment Empowerment Conference postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

In light of COVID-19 concerns and guidelines on large gatherings from Utah state officials, Transgender Education Advocates of Utah has decided to postpone our 2020 Employment Empowerment Conference, which was scheduled for April 7. 

 

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TEA statement on proposed bill to block access to affirming care for transgender youth in Utah

Transgender Education Advocates of Utah is aware of a proposed bill from Rep. Brad Daw that would prevent transgender youth from accessing hormone therapy or surgery. 

While this proposal is in the early stages and a bill has not been filed, we are alarmed by the impact it could have on our community as well as the unintended consequences that may arise when legislators get between patients and their providers.

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TEA of Utah reaches major milestone with paid Executive Director

Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah are thrilled to announce Candice Metzler will be the first out transgender person in a paid executive director position for a Utah non-profit organization. 

 

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