Nevada has become the fourth state to prohibit using the "trans panic" and "gay panic" defense in court. Article.
About the TAG Board of Directors
Brooke Maylath, raised in southwest Michigan, had the ethic of helping people deeply instilled in her as she earned her Eagle Scout award. While in college she took that foundation of compassion for others to another level by being an on-campus ambulance volunteer and an EMT working in Rochester, NY and Kalamazoo, MI. After graduation, a 25-year career in the film business took her from filming television commercials in New York to stints in Los Angeles as a marketing executive at Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros studios. With a crumbling marriage and a young daughter to raise, she relocated to Reno in 1999. Until 2010, Brooke worked at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center developing new businesses and new strategies. She now provides business consulting and strategic planning to Healthcare Providers.
In 2012, one of those old Hollywood connections was revived and Brooke helped bring the movie TRANS to Reno. That event led to the identification of the need to develop resources for the transgender community as well as education about transgenderism to the community as a whole. From that seed of inspiration, Transgender Allies Group (TAG) was formed.
Since then, still fulfilling a life mission of helping others, Maylath has led TAG's outreach and advocacy by bringing awareness of the disparities experienced by Transgender people in our healthcare systems. Her presentations have been delivered to a variety of audiences, including Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, University of Nevada, Reno Sociology Classes, Washoe County's Crisis Call Center, Tahoe SAFE Alliance, Tahoe Truckee School District, Washoe County School District's Counseling Dept., University of Nevada's School Of Medicine's Grand Rounds Presentation, The Center in Las Vegas' LGBT Health Fair, Nevada Health Conference - LGBT Aging, American Counseling Association - National Conference, Reno Homeless Center, University of Nevada, Reno's Counseling Department, and the Nevada Cancer Coalition. Additionally, her advocacy has led to the creation of a Transgender Voice Clinic at UNR, adoption of a gender non-conforming student policy for the Washoe County School District, inclusion of "gender identity and gender expression" into Nevada's Hate Crimes law, defeat of a proposed "bathroom bill" in the 2015 legislative session, and inclusion coverage for Gender Affirming Therapies in the health plans for the City of Reno, NV, and the State of Nevada. She continues to work with Nevada's State Insurance Commissioner and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services to focus their initiatives on the needs of the transgender community.
As a founding member of TAG, I have had the pleasure of meeting people from all walks and areas of life to provide education and awareness while breaking down the misconceptions and myths. What we do changes lives for the better and that is what advocacy does. I believe in our mission and vision and I fight for a world where there are no new civil rights battles - because we are all truly equal, in all things.
I am passionate about equality and basic human rights for all people. I believe all people should be treated the same and have the same opportunities to follow their dreams. I believe that the energy you put into the world returns to you and positivity is key.
I have long been a fairly silent supporter of the LGBT community, without much of an understanding of what "transgender" meant. After stumbling into the meaning of transgender and realizing that it defined part of who I am, I began my transition. I joined TAG a few months into my transition when I realized that I wanted to help the community however I could and I finally had the courage to stand up and actually do something.
I have given many presentations to raise awareness of the trans community, planned and volunteered at events and worked to show society that trans people are just people. I would love to see a world where LGBT people don't have to fear being open and honest about who they are.
In addition to the work I do with TAG, I am also a Board Member of the Reno/Sparks branch of PFLAG and I work with Build Our Center's youth group, the Homies.