In December, CreagerCole Communications coordinated an interview for the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund with a national Associated Press reporter exploring transgender rights in a prominent story titled: “Many hurdles ahead for transgender rights movement.”
TLDEF Executive Director, Michael Silverman was quoted prominently at the top of the article saying:
“My sense is that we are 20 years behind the mainstream gay and lesbian movement in terms of
public understanding. I see a lessening of anti-gay rhetoric as the American people get to know gays and lesbians. But fewer Americans know transgender people that way at this point, and that presents an opening that opponents of transgender rights can exploit.”
The Associated Press story was published in dozens of outlets across the country including USA Today, reaching millions of readers and raising visibility for transgender issues. It also prompted three additional media outlets to contact TLDEF, seeking comment on this topic.
The Advocate Magazine featured TLDEF in an article titled: “In Their Own Words: LGBT Advocates on the State of Transgender Issues: Eight leaders in LGBT advocacy give their thoughts on what 2013 meant for transgender rights, and what 2014 might bring.” MSNBC invited TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman onto the network to discuss transgender rights alongside acclaimed actress and trans advocate, Laverne Cox, who stars on the popular Netflix series, “Orange Is the New Black.” And the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper in Nebraska interviewed TLDEF for its article on the 20-year remembrance of the murder of Brandon Teena, whose story was the basis for the 1999 Academy Award winning film, “Boy’s Don’t Cry.”
CreagerCole Communications is honored to be TLDEF’s PR representative and we look forward to placing numerous high-profile stories for the organization in 2014, to elevate the importance of transgender equality.