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Highlighting Our Heroes in the Fight for Transgender Rights

Highlighting Our Heroes in the Fight for Transgender Rights

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU & John Knight, LGBT Project at 5:11pm
As Transgender Awareness Week 2012 (November 12-19) concludes, today we feature three of our heroic clients who’ve made our work to end discrimination against transgender people possible. Not only have our clients been willing to stand up against discrimination, but they’ve also taken on the challenge of teaching others – legislators, judges and the general public – what it means to be transgender and the challenges transgender people face. The following people have helped make our transgender rights work possible in the areas of employment discrimination and identification documents. The LGBT community has seen astounding progress, but a great deal of work still needs to be done to secure greater understanding and acceptance along with basic legal protections for transgender Americans for whom discrimination is still commonplace.
A Quiet Success in Alaska: Important Ruling in Transgender ID Case

A Quiet Success in Alaska: Important Ruling in Transgender ID Case

By John Knight, LGBT Project at 4:49pm

It's hard to find the silver lining in the confused and unsettled results over last week's Anchorage Proposition 5 vote — that city's effort to pass by popular vote a law that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing,…

Victory at the End of a Six-Year Transgender Rights Struggle

By John Knight, LGBT Project at 3:28pm

Earlier this week, we got the good news — the six-year battle was over. Wisconsin's anti-transgender Inmate Sex Change Prevention Act was a thing of the past. The act was a one-of-a kind law banning prison medical care for a medical condition…

Making Jails Safer for Transgender Mainers

By John Knight, LGBT Project at 12:49pm

Most Americans can say that they’ve never had the pleasure of spending time in jail or prison. And we don’t really expect jails or prisons to be posh places, but we do expect them to keep those who end up there safe. Transgender Americans,…

Gender and Passports: A Matter of Respect

By John Knight, LGBT Project at 4:06pm

A passport is more than a permit that allows you to go globe-hopping. It's an official, government-authorized certification of your identity. While traveling abroad, it can be a lifeline if you run into trouble. So it would seem imperative that…

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