About Eli

Eli Erlick is an internationally-recognized queer, transgender youth activist, scholar, and public speaker. She was raised in the rural town of Willits in Northern California before moving to the Los Angeles area in 2013. After coming out as queer and trans at the age of eight, she experienced isolation and violence in her community. In 2011, at age 16, she went on to co-found Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER), an organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans students through collective action. TSER is the only national organization run by and for trans youth. Since then, Eli has been at the forefront of transgender justice through her organizing, writing, and scholarship.

Eli has appeared in dozens of media outlets ranging from the New York Times to The Economist to Time Magazine. In 2013, Eli broadened the national conversation on transgender students’ access to education when fighting for California’s School Success and Opportunity Act with appearances in USA Today, The Huffington Post, and more. Click here to see some of Eli’s media appearances.

As a writer, Eli focuses her publications on queer and trans organizing, education, language, media, necropolitics, youth, depathologization, and healthcare. You can find Eli’s writing here.

In recognition of her work, Eli is a Peace First Fellow, Teen Vogue “New Face of Feminism”, Refinery29 “30 Under 30” awardee, Trans 100 honoree, Westly Foundation Young Innovator Awardee, Glamour Magazine college woman of the year, and a recipient of the Angels of Change Youth Angel Inspiration Award.

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Posing with panelists after speaking at the CSULA Trans Day of Remembrance Event