On June 12, 2012, Kylar Broadus made history by becoming the first openly transgender person to testify before the U.S. Senate. Broadus was speaking in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Broadus is a professor, attorney, activist and public speaker from Missouri. He is an associate professor of business law at Lincoln University of Missouri, a historically black college where he previously served as chair of the business department. Broadus has maintained a general practice of law in Columbia, Missouri since 1997.
In February 2011, Broadus was awarded the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Sue J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement. Broadus was featured in BlackEnterprise.com discussing his personal experience with workplace discrimination. In 2010, Broadus founded Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), the only national civil rights organization dedicated to the needs of trans people of color.
He currently serves on the board of the National Black JusticeCoalition and was board chair from 2007 to 2010. After the Democratic National Convention, follow him in D.C. for Out on the Hill – September 19 – 22, 2012 Black LGBT Leadership Summit.