Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, has described 2011 as a game-changer for transgender rights.

In an op-ed published Wednesday at gay glossy The Advocate's website, Keisling wrote that 2011 brought real change to the lives of transgender people in the United States.

“Most Americans now know a little bit more about the struggle trans people face,” Keisling wrote. “Every day people are becoming stronger trans allies. From the trans actors we are finally seeing on movie and television screens, to local nondiscrimination laws, and to the global call for LGBT rights, there is real change in nearly every facet of our lives.”

Keisling goes on to highlight the victories of the past year, which include Chaz Bono's appearance on Dancing with the Stars, the United States' backing of a resolution that calls on nations to stop discriminating against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, improving health policies for transgender people, and an increasing number of states and localities adopting transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination laws.