In Memoriam: Jose Julio Sarria

August 20, 2013

  The first American to seek public office as an openly gay candidate – Jose Julio Sarria of San Francisco – died today at the age of  91. Sarria ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961. His ninth place finish – out of more than 30 candidates – stunned the city and […]

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Sex discrimination prohibition protects trans students as well as employees

July 25, 2013

The use of Title VII to prohibit employment discrimination based on gender identity has become widespread, both in the courts and through the EEOC’s and  the Justice Department’s decisions in Macy v. Holder.  Now the Obama Administration is extending its reliance on another sex discrimination law, Title IX, to protect trans students from discrimination by […]

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Trans bathroom access case reaches Maine Supreme Court

June 13, 2013

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments yesterday in Doe v. Clenchy, involving a transgender girl and her family who sued Orono school officials over her access to the girls bathroom. The state’s Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, which the state has defined to include gender identity. The plaintiff is now […]

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Court hears Romer-style challenge to Tennessee law

June 11, 2013

From Equality on Trial: A Tennessee court of appeals heard arguments Monday in [Howe v. Haslam,] the challenge to HB600, nicknamed the Special Access to Discriminate (“SAD Act”) by equality organizations. The law stripped local governments in the state of their non-discrimination protections for LGBT Tennesseans. The challenge, argued by Shannon Minter of the National […]

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Recent Progress in Trans* Health Law: Sweden and the US

February 13, 2013

We have recently seen two long-overdue victories in the area of trans* health. Most notably, Stockholm’s Administrative Court of Appeals finally struck down Sweden’s indefensible–and remarkably culturally incongruous–law (text available in Swedish only) requiring that trans* people be sterilized before the government would issue them identity documents with their preferred sex indicated. This welcome ruling […]

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Trans Rights Victories in Nepal

October 9, 2012

In a crucial test, Nepal’s government has agreed to issue a new citizenship certificate to Caitlin Panta, a nineteen-year-old who underwent sex reassignment surgery this past January (and was apparently the first Nepali citizen to do so). Although the process was fraught with bureaucracy, including an examination by a three-member panel to “confirm” Ms. Panta’s […]

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