Gender Justice + Trans Equity

Our genders are as unique as we are. No one's definition is the same, and compartmentalizing a person as either a boy or a girl based entirely on the appearance of genitalia at birth undercuts our complex life experiences.

- Janet Mock

As a transgender person who has experienced discrimination due to his gender identity, Bryce knows first hand the importance of equality across the gender spectrum. Bryce is an outspoken advocate for equality, justice, and the right to live as one's authentic self for people of all gender identities. Bryce is particularly passionate about advocating for the rights of transgender people of color and, femme/female-identified people. 

Transgender people are not a burden in general, but especially in the U.S. military.

- Bryce Celotto, on CNN's World Right Now with Hala Gorani in response to President Trump's anti-transgender military tweets and policy change. (July 2017) 

Bryce's Work on Gender Justice and Trans Equity

  • New York Times (Article Quote): Two Weeks Before Midterms, Transgender People Feel Like Pawns

  • Former Board Member at the National Center for Transgender Equality.

  • Participated in an invitation-only roundtable discussion with former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, at the U.S. Department of Education with a delegation of transgender students to advocate for trans-inclusive federal education policy. 

  • Transgender military veteran who has served in the Army National Guard, and has done national press related to open-transgender military service.

  • Former steering committee member of TransLaw DC; a non-profit, community-based organization focussed on helping transgender and gender non-conforming people update their identity documents to align with their gender identity. 

  • Trained hundreds of teachers on best practices and culturally responsive pedagogy when working with transgender and gender non-conforming K-12 students.

  • Created resource materials related to working with trans students while working at the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and other LGBTQ organizations.

  • Current mentor to a trans-identified undergraduate college student. 

  • While competing as the first openly transgender student-athlete at Maryville College (Maryville, TN), Bryce spearheaded advocacy for transgender-friendly policies on campus - specifically regarding bathroom and locker room use. 

  • Lobbied at the Tennessee State Legislature against Anti-Trans "bathroom bills"

  • Organized, and helped lead, a local transgender rights rally in Washington, D.C.

  • The Griot (Article Feature): Black, trans, and banned from the military: Two soldiers tell their stories

  • Feministing (Article Feature): TRANS MILITARY: MEET THE SOLDIERS THE MILITARY DOESN’T WANT YOU TO

  • Autostraddle (Article Feature): Five Trans Service Members on the Glory and Agony of the US Military

  • URGE Blog (Article Author): MY JOURNEY TO REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, FREEDOM, AND JUSTICE

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