Any place that provides goods and services to the general public is considered a public accommodation. This includes restaurants, grocery stores, health clinics, hospitals, health clubs, homeless shelters and most social services. Transgender and gender nonconforming people often experience discrimination in their communities when accessing public accommodations including being refused service, being treated differently than their non-transgender peers, or being victims to harmful verbal and physical violence when simply trying to carry out their daily activities. Transgender Law Center works to increase legal protections for transgender people and their families on the state, local and national level so that they are treated with dignity and respect and are able to access the same businesses and services that are available to the general public.
Peeing in Peace
This guide provides cutting edge information to transgender people, activists, and allies about creating bathroom safety. Whether you want tips on how to address harassment, ideas for getting good bathroom policies passed, or an outline for doing a bathroom safety campaign, PiP is for you. The guide also contains sample letters, information on creating a grassroots organization, and a resource list.
- Center for American Progress, Gay and Transgender Discrimination Outside the Workplace: Why We Need Protections in Housing, Health Care, and Public Accommodations
A brief from the Center for American Progress that includes information about public accommodations discrimination faced by transgender people
Transgender Law Center works to ensure that we all have access to public spaces regardless of our gender identity or expression. Whether we are talking about homeless shelters, public restrooms, or government services, we all deserve equal access. In California, transgender people are protected from discrimination in public accommodations (places like restaurants, parks, social services, and others). We know that even though these legal protections exist, people still face violence and harassment. That’s why we educate service providers, business and other entities about the true meaning of our laws. In addition, we are working toward stronger regulations that make clear that non discrimination means equal access to facilities.
There are many ways to get involved in our work on public accommodations. Join us at Transgender Advocacy Day and the Transgender Leadership Summit to learn more about your rights and how to educate policy makers, service providers and business owners. Share your story with us so we can use it in our advocacy by emailing us.
Recent Public Accommodations Blog Posts…
- DOJ to North Carolina: HB2 violates federal law May 4, 2016
- Victory in Alabama and Texas – Southern towns reject anti-trans measures! May 4, 2016
- Victory for South Carolina student suspended for using boys’ bathroom! April 28, 2016
- Transgender Law Center Demands that Wisconsin School District Reverse Discriminatory Policy April 20, 2016
- Victory! Fourth Circuit Rules to Protect Virginia Transgender High School Student Under Title IX April 19, 2016
- SF passes legislation requiring all-gender restrooms in city buildings and businesses April 5, 2016
- Victory for student who faced locker room harassment March 24, 2016
- NYC acts to ensure safe bathroom access for all March 8, 2016
- Victory in South Dakota! Governor vetoes bill attacking trans students March 1, 2016
- Announcing our Model Policy and Legal Guide for Homeless Shelters and Housing Programs February 29, 2016