Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, Senior Director of Research and Training at Freedom for All Americans

Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen is an LGBTQ policy, advocacy, and messaging expert. As a transgender man, his wide-ranging experience in the LGBTQ movement has covered field organizing, leadership development, fundraising, and media advocacy.

He previously worked with GLAAD, the Transgender Law Center, Gender Justice LA, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. In past roles, he trained thousands of volunteers to canvass and phone bank on groundbreaking nondiscrimination and marriage equality campaigns, and organized leadership development programs in transgender communities and LGBTQ communities of color, honing new strategies for social change.

Over the course of his career, he has conducted international Spanish-language interviews, including on Univision, Telemundo, and MiraTV, as well as English-language interviews with outlets such as The New York Times, MSNBC, Politico, and CNN. In 2015, he was honored as a Champion of Equality by the grassroots advocacy organization SAVE for increasing transgender visibility.

Rodrigo graduated from Brown University and lives in Miami, Florida.


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Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen visita estudios de Radio y TV Martí

August 3, 2018 Freedom for All Americans' Senior Director of Research and Training, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, is featured in this interview alongside his mother, long-serving Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, as they speak about the importance of nondiscrimination.

“Necesitamos Una Ley Federal Contra La Discriminación”: Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, Hijo Transgénero De La Congresista De EE. UU. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

NTN 24: Nuestra Tele Noticias • June 14, 2017 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, Freedom for All Americans' Director of Public Education, shares what it's like to grow up and come out as transgender, and how people can take steps to protect transgender people from discrimination. "We need a federal law against discrimination," he says.

Transgender Rights Advocate Says Stories Are Key To Acceptance

Akron Beacon Journal • May 7, 2017 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen spoke to funders and citizens in Akron, OH about the state of transgender rights across the country, including the Buckeye State.

Congresista Hispana Presenta a su Hijo Transgénero

Don Francisco Te Invita • January 29, 2017 In this episode of Telemundo Don Francisco Te Invita, U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen appears with her son, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, sharing the story of Rodrigo's transition and a strong message of support for LGBTQ people across the United States.

Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Cuenta Cómo Aceptó a su Hijo Transgénero

Aqui y Ahora • September 18, 2016 On an episode of 'Aqui y Ahora,' Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his mother, U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, discuss the importance of all family members affirming and accepting their transgender family members.

La Influencia Transformadora de Rodrigo, el Hijo Transgénero de Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

CNN en Español • May 20, 2016 In a great interview with CNN Español, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his mother, U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, share the importance of speaking out for transgender equality and the need to end anti-transgender discrimination.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: ‘Rodrigo Tenía Miedo Que No Lo Íbamos a Aceptar’

Al Punto • May 20, 2016 No one should face discrimination because of who they are, and it is vital for families to come together to support each other, especially in the face of such discrimination. That's the message Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his mother Ileana shared on this Univision program.

GOP Congresswoman Stands Up For LGBT Rights Alongside Her Transgender Son

Huffington Post • May 18, 2016 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his family discuss the importance of LGBTQ rights following their filming of two PSA's with SAVE Florida.

GOP Rep. Defends LGBT Rights

MSBNC LIve With Jose Diaz-Balart • May 18, 2016 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen joins his mother, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, to discuss the need for equal protections for transgender people in the wake of North Carolina's HB2.

Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen Thanks his Family for Supporting Him as a Transgender Child

The Miami Herald • May 16, 2016 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his family kick off the "Family is Everything" campaign for LGBTQ rights in Florida.

A Republican Congresswoman Has Personal Stake in Transgender Debate

The New York Times • May 16, 2016 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his parents speak with The New York Times about their journey as a family with a transgender child.

GOP Congresswoman, Transgender Son Press for Equal Protections

CNN • May 5, 2016 Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his mother, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, discuss the need for equal protections.

La Congresista, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Habla Sobre Su Hijo Transgénero

Un Neuvo Dia • October 28, 2015 In this Spanish-language interview, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen discusses the strong support he has received from his mother after sharing with her that he is transgender.