Kayla Gore’s work as an advocate is multifaceted, but much of it is rooted in her desire to ensure that other trans people don’t have to endure the discrimination that she has faced in her life. She’s worked for LGBTQ advocacy organizations, completed research about LGBTQ access to healthcare, and joined as a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit from Lambda Legal against the state of Tennessee, challenging a state policy that prohibits transgender people from changing their gender marker on their birth certificate.
“There’s still discrimination against trans and gender nonconforming people in terms of access to services, even though I do think things are getting better,” Kayla said, looking to a future when no one faces discrimination because of who they are. “There are still places where there needs to be a lot of improvement, but we’re seeing health care providers come to the forefront as trans and nonbinary folks shine a spotlight on this. Providers see a need and want to fill that need.”
“Things are advancing,” she said. “They’re not where they need to be, but they’re definitely not going stagnant, and they’re definitely not moving backward – they’re advancing.”