On this page:
- Resource publications
- Articles published by TLC staff
- Annual reports
Publications from TLC: We believe strongly in getting legal information into the hands of community members, attorneys, employers, educators, health care providers, and others. This is why we’ve created one of the country’s most expansive libraries of original publications, pamphlets, how-to guides, and other materials related to transgender law. We’ve tried to create publications that are accessible and useful and have done them in several different formats: fact sheets, practice guides, reports, activist guides, etc.
All of our publications can be downloaded for free right here (you’ll only need an Adobe Reader program). If you have trouble downloading any, send us an email so we can mail out a copy to you.
In addition to the publications listed below, we have seven fact sheets in Spanish.
California Transgender Law 101: A Resource Guide for California Lawyers and Advocates
An annotated overview of the laws and regulations that affect our ability to express our gender identity. Combining practical information with cutting edge case law, this guide provides information about many different transgender legal issues in the state.
An Ally’s Guide to Talking About Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBT People provides conversation approaches to help build and sustain solid, lasting support for nondiscrimination laws, and also factually and effectively address concerns that might be raised when discussing the need for such laws.
Know Your Rights: Transgender People at Work
An information and resource publication for transgender employees in California
Transgender Family Law Facts
This abbreviated version of our Transgender Family Law 101 provides a quick overview of issues regarding marriage, domestic partnerships, parenting, foster care, and youth issues.
Family Law 101
This overview of family law issues, co-created with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, covers marriage, domestic partnership, child custody, adoption, and foster parenting.
Organizing for Transgender Health Care
Our guide will give you the tools you need to advocate with the goal of ensuring your local community has competent, quality care available for transgender patients.
10 Tips for Working with Transgender Patients
Our brochure is a great resource for health care providers to begin thinking about how to best provide care. We recommend health care providers contact us for trainings and more resources.
How to Start a Transgender Clinic
A step by step guide for health care providers and community organizers. This printable PDF will guide you though the structure of setting up a Transgender Clinic.
MediCal Fact Sheet
Information about Medi-Cal and Gender Reassignment Procedures
Transgender Health Benefits: Negotiating for Inclusive Health Insurance Coverage
This guide gives you the information you need to clear each hurdle on your way to achieving equitable health benefits.
Transgender Health Benefits: How to Appeal Your Health Care Denial
This guide was created to help people understand the procedural steps one should consider to appeal a health care denial for health care plans that are managed by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), the California Department of Insurance (CDI) or Medi-Cal.
Model Policy and Legal Guide for Homeless Shelters and Housing Programs
Model Policy and Legal Guide for Providing Culturally Competent Services to Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients of Homeless Shelters and Housing Programs.
California Fair Housing and Employment Act: What It Means to You
A fact sheet from the Transgender Law Center that explains California law that applies to employees and tenants. The fact sheet explains what gender identity discrimination is and how you can take steps to address the situation if you’ve been discriminated against.
Transgender Employees and Tenants in California: Rights and Responsibilities
A fact sheet from Transgender Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights explaining the Rights and Responsibilities as Clarified by the Gender Nondiscrimination Act of 2003 (AB 196)
Identity Documents Fact Sheet
An overview of the identity documents that many transgender Californians change to better reflect their gender identity.
A Guide to Changing Your California and Federal Identity Documents to Match Your Gender Identity. This comprehensive guide will walk you through: going to court, changing your social security records, getting your new driver’s license or state ID, and fixing your immigration, passport, and birth certificate documents. It is meant to be a how-to guide to help you navigate the sometimes complex world of identification documents.
F.A.Q: Vital Statistics Modernization Act
The Vital Statistics Modernization Act clarifies the documentation and residency requirements for obtaining a California court-ordered gender change.
Immigration Law and Transgender People and Las leyes migratorias y las personas transgénero (Español)
This fact sheet provides basic information about the rights of transgender immigrants, including immigration documents, asylum, and marriage-based immigration.
Asylum Fact Sheet and La Solicitud de Asilo Basada en la Persecucion por Identidad dé Genero (Español)
A tool for potential asylum seekers and their allies co-created with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.
Policy Recommendations Regarding LGBT People in California Prisons
Dignity and Justice For All – a coalition comprised of Equality California , Just Detention International , National Center for Lesbian Rights , Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project , and Transgender Law Center – makes the following recommendations based on the testimony presented at the Senate Committee on Public Safety’s Informational Hearing on Issues Facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inmates in California Prisons, on December 11, 2008.
Safety Inside: Problems Faced by Transgender Prisoners and Common Sense Solutions to Them
Written testimony submitted to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission detailing the ways in which transgender prisoners face harassment and discrimination and common sense recommendations that the Commission can take to improve conditions for transgender prisoners.
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.
A joint publication from GSA Network and the Transgender Law Center that outlines students’ rights in California and how to respond to discrimination.
An executive summary of Beyond the Binary
Published work by TLC Staff
Ben Lunine’s article in ABA newsletter on services for transgender victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking