Founded in 1995, GenderPAC (Gender Public Advocacy Coalition) was one of the first national trans civil rights organizations established in the United States. Whereas most other trans groups focused on providing personal support to their members, GenderPAC’s mission was to educate the public and advocate for laws against anti-trans violence and discrimination. During its 14 years of operation, GenderPAC was able to build congressional support for trans rights and paved the way for subsequent trans organizations to make further gains.

GenderPAC was formed inadvertently. In 1995 at “Be All You Can Be,” an annual Midwestern trans conference, author and activist Riki Wilchins gave an impromptu speech about the need for trans people to see their oppression as a civil rights issue and become more politically active. ...

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