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Beleaguered organization still stands

It'll be a new chapter and vision

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The Central Voice reported that by Nov. 18 the nation’s preeminent transgender rights group had gone from 23 staff to seven. The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) was founded by former Susquehanna Township resident Mara Keisling.

Much of the organization’s turmoil involves efforts at union organizing, among other issues. A play-by-play of events preceding the 23 to seven drop in staff is available at Jezebel.

Meanwhile, Central Voice reached out to Keisling who provided the following statement: “The National Center for Transgender Equality has an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of trans people by replacing disrespect, discrimination and violence with empathy, opportunity and justice.

"Our organization has experienced tremendous growth in the past seventeen years, and while that has helped us make great strides in advancing justice for trans people, this growth has resulted in challenges for our staff and management, and some of these challenges more deeply impact more marginalized people like trans and non-binary people of color. But we have developed a strong plan to address the growth and challenges.

"This is a new chapter for NCTE, and we have a set vision for how our organization will be moving forward to ensure we have the right tools in place to continue this life saving work.”