About Jamison

Jamison Green, Ph.D. is an author, educator, public speaker, independent legal scholar, and expert policy consultant in transgender health and employment discrimination litigation. He is best known for his influential book Becoming a Visible Man, first published in 2004 and updated in 2020. This work is considered a classic in transgender literature, offering valuable insights into the experiences of trans men.

Dr. Green began working for transgender visibility and rights in San Francisco in 1994 when a newly implemented non-discrimination ordinance (which he co-authored with City attorneys) placed the City in violation of its own Equal Benefits Ordinance. It took until 2000 to win on the issue, and a trans-inclusive policy went into effect in 2001.

In 2002, Green joined the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Business Council to advise on transgender health and rights within the Corporate Equality Index (CEI). He left the Business Council in 2007 after HRC withdrew support for transgender inclusion in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), although he continued to consult with the HRC Workplace Project to drive CEI progress in partnership with Senior Associate André Wilson. For more information about the HRC Corporate Equality Index and other transgender employment resources, see hrc.org/resources/workplace.

Dr. Green has delivered educational presentations and keynote speeches in venues around the world. His ability to educate, inspire and empower others leads to increased sensitivity, diffused interpersonal tensions, and a better understanding of fundamental human diversity, providing organizations with the awareness they need to fully engage the potential of every contributor.

Another aspect of Dr. Green’s work has been within the medical field, where he committed himself to educating physicians and mental health providers to increase clinical understanding of transgender people and expanding access to gender-affirming healthcare. In 1998, he joined a small medical association devoted to transsexual treatment, the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA). Initially he was given supporting member (non-voting) status since he lacked clinical training. He soon proved himself a worthy colleague through his suggestions for improvements to the Standards of Care (SOC), his organizational management acumen, and his collaborative approach.

In 2002, the Board of Directors granted him full membership status, and in 2003 the full membership elected him to the Board of Directors. He served two 4-year terms as a Director-At-Large. During his second term, the organization changed its name to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Green was tapped to write a series of policy statements and to serve on the core writing committee for the next revision of the Standards of Care (SOC 7) which was released in 2011, the same year Green earned his Ph.D. in equalities law and was also elected President of WPATH, becoming the first American trans person to lead the Association. During Dr. Green’s presidential term, WPATH engaged professional association management, increased membership over 4-fold, and began offering a training and certification program for medical providers working with transgender and gender-diverse people. His board service ended in late 2018. He remains co-chair of the organization’s Ethics Committee, a member of the SOC 8 writing team, and continues to write policy statements on behalf of the board.


Ph.D., Equalities Law, 2011, Manchester Metropolitan University, England. 

M.F.A., English/Creative Writing (fiction), 1972, University of Oregon. 

B.A., English, 1970, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.