Kylar Broadus is an amazing man. His list of accomplishments is huge. He's a professor of business law at Lincoln University of Missouri, an historically black college, where he previously served as chair of the business department. He's maintained a general practice of law in Columbia, Missouri since 1997. In 2011, Kylar was awarded the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Sue J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement and the Pioneer Award at the Transfaith of Color Conference presented by the Freedom Center of Social Justice. He was featured in BlackEnterprise.com and previously in Diversity, Inc.
In 2010, Kylar founded Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), the only national civil rights organization dedicated to the needs of Trans People of Color. In 2010, he was appointed as a Division Director of the Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, an American Bar Association Committee and Co-Chair for the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He has spoken at numerous law schools throughout the country including most recently the University of Mississippi, Washington University, St. Louis University, Tulane, Harvard, Temple, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Georgetown as well as numerous colleges and conferences. In addition, he authored the essay "The Evolution of Employment Discrimination Protections for Transgender People", published in "Transgender Rights", the first of its kind, by Currah, Juang, Minter 2006. He is published in the Temple Law Journal and numerous other publications. He is currently in the film "Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen." He currently serves on the board of the National Black Justice Coalition and was board chair from 2007 to 2010. He has served on the board of directors of the National Stonewall Democrats from 1998 until 2002, and served as the interim secretary from January to May 2001. He served three terms on the City of Columbia's Human Rights Commission and two terms on the board of the statewide GLBT advocacy group, PROMO: For the Personal Rights of Missourians with the last year being as Vice-President.
There's more, but first I must tell you how proud I am that Kylar has been appointed the the Rules Committee for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) 2012 Convention Platform Committee. Kylar is headed to the DNC Convention! And he needs some help to make it there.
Most people don't realize the enormous expense it takes to attend the DNC Convention. Because of the political nature of the Convention, most have to fund themselves if they do not have a sponsor. In Kylar's case, he is doing this all on his own.
I was happy to donate to help defray his expenses to attend the convention. He is a critical voice for the LGBT family, and will be representing the transgender community and all those voices that often go unheard. I donated to make sure that Kylar, who as a professor, isn't exactly rolling in dough, doesn't incur a debt beyond his means in his determination to help all of us by representing at the Convention.
You can donate, as I did, via Paypal here, using his email address firstname.lastname@example.org. I spoke to Kylar, and he said that he would appreciate anything that people can provide. He's on a bare bones budget. He's driving to the Convention from Missouri, and he's not staying at the Ritz.
But here's more about Kylar. He is a founding board member of a national think tank, The Transgender Law and Policy Institute. In August 2005, Broadus along with two other panelists were the first to present information before the American Bar Association regarding Transgender clients. In 2004, he spoke at the Regional Affirmative Action Conference on Transgender Issues and Affirmative Action. In January of 2003, Broadus was called before the American Association of Law Schools on transgender issues. Kylar speaks and lobbies on the national, state and local levels in the areas of transgender and sexual orientation law and advocacy. He has also been featured on local and national television and radio and offers diversity and leadership trainings throughout the United States to schools, colleges, employers, government agencies and businesses. He also served as State Legislative Manager and Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign, in Washington, DC.
This past year, Kylar was the first transgender person ever to testify before the U.S. Senate. He testified about his own very difficult personal experiences with discrimination in a Senate hearing on the proposed federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
I have known Kylar for several years now, and I cannot think of a more accomplished and dignified advocate for our cause on the important Rules Committee of the Democratic National Convention.