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International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), Announces Trinity Award Recipients – to be Presented at the 23rd Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA

Waltham, MA, January 15, 2009 --( The Awards Committee of the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) is proud to announce the 2009 Trinity Award recipients:

Ms. Lisa Mottet, National Center for Transgender Equality
Mr. Spencer Bergstedt, North Sound Law, P.S.
Mr. Gunner Scott, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition

“The Trinity Awards honor our heroes: living transgender persons who have performed extraordinary acts of courage and love in service to the Transgender Community,” noted Yvonne Cook-Riley, Awards Committee Chair, “and this year’s winners exemplify those traits in every way,“ she continued. As in past years, the awards are to be given out at the upcoming 2009 IFGE Annual Conference, to be held at the Hilton Mark Plaza Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia from February 4-8, 2009.

About the Trinity Awards
Nominations for the awards are open to the entire Transgender Community. A body of respected and experienced members and friends of the community who have agreed to serve on the Selections Academy make the final award selections. The members of the Selections Academy are not necessarily members of IFGE, and must not be a current Director of IFGE. Since the Transgender Community makes the nominations at large, and the final selections are made by the Academy, these awards are truly the Transgender Community's awards.

About the 2009 Recipients

Ms. Lisa Mottet
Lisa has served as the Legislative Lawyer for the Transgender Civil Rights Project at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force since 2001. In her role she assists transgender activists and allies with transgender-related legislation and policy, with a focus on passing anti-discrimination laws. She authored “Transitioning Our Shelters: A Guide to Making Homeless Shelters Safe for Transgender People,” working with the National Coalition for the Homeless. Lisa has written or consulted on over 115 local and state anti-discrimination laws in effect today, and she has been a pivotal figure in leading the progress on trans-inclusive ENDA and hate crimes legislation.

A graduate from Georgetown University Law Center, Lisa held the nation's first legal fellowship specifically aimed at addressing discrimination against transgender people on a national level. While at Georgetown, she also served as an editor for the Georgetown Journal on Gender and the Law.

Mr. Gunner Scott
Gunner Scott is the Director of The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition where he is currently involved in the campaign to pass the Massachusetts House Bill 1722, "An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes" for gender identity and gender expression protections. He is a nationally recognized activist, educator, and community organizer on transgender rights, LGBT health issues, LGBT partner abuse, and addressing access issues for the transgender community. He has provided trainings for the last eight years to wide variety of community organizations, colleges/high schools, criminal justice, health, and social service professionals. He is also the creator of the eight-year-old Gender Crash Open Mic, designed for queer and transgender performers.

Mr. Spencer Bergstedt
Spencer is a 1988 graduate of University of Washington School of Law. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, cum laude, from the UW in 1985. He is admitted to practice before the Washington State Bar, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

Spencer is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, an Eagle Member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the King County and Snohomish County Bar Associations, Q-Law - The Washington State LGBT Lawyers Association, and National Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association and. He is a member of the following Judicial Evaluation Committee for Q-Law, which interviews and makes recommendations to the Governor on potential judicial appointees.

Spencer has served as a board member for a number of community organizations - both locally and nationally - including The Pride Foundation, Totem Girl Scout Council and International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy. He is a co-founder of the Transgender Law & Policy Institute. Spencer is a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of legal issues as is the author of numerous articles and books.

He is a nationally recognized expert in transgender related law.

About the 2009 IFGE Conference
For specific details regarding the conference program, workshops, speakers, evening activities, hotel and registration information, please visit:

Media Inquiries
Please direct all media inquiries and interview requests to Ms. Stephanie Battaglino, IFGE Communications Director.

The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), with offices in Waltham, MA and Washington, DC, is a non-profit advocacy organization founded in 1987. Its purpose is overcoming the intolerance of transvestitism and transsexualism brought about by widespread ignorance. Since its founding, it has provided outreach through education for the emancipation of all gender variant people from restrictive gender norms. It is a registered non-profit educational corporation and is recognized by the I.R.S. as a 501c(3) charitable organization.

Contact Information
International Foundation for Gender Education
Stephanie Battaglino
201.704.2996 (cell)

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