From state legislation targeting trans youth to a White House targeting Muslims, immigrants, people of color, women, people with disabilities and so many other members of our community, we know that 2017 will be a cruel and difficult year for transgender and gender nonconforming people.
But now is not the time for panic, isolation, or doubling down on business as usual. It is a time for us to remember how transgender people have long survived and resisted in moments of crisis: through community.
It is with this knowledge that Transgender Law Center has formed the first steps in our plan of resistance for 2017.
Last week, we held a webinar on changing federal identity documents, as there is a lot of anxiety and concern in the community around access to those processes under a Trump administration. Federal IDs include passports, immigration paperwork, and Social Security Administration documents. Many people, though, are seeking information on correcting birth certificates, a process […]View Article
Today, North Carolina legislators convened a special session and proposed a bill that they claim would repeal HB2, but which would in fact keep in place key parts of the law for six months. Transgender Law Center executive director Kris Hayashi released the following statement: “Today, following months of public outcry, community mobilization, and economic backlash, […]View Article
Many folks are understandably concerned over how the election might impact their ability to access ID documents that accurately reflect their name and gender. This webinar guides through in detail how to update one’s name and gender marker on a passport and social security record, and provides tips and resources to help facilitate obtaining name and […]View Article
(Oakland, December 7, 2016)—In the aftermath of the tragic fire at the Ghost Ship artist community on December 2 that claimed the lives of more than 35 people, local authorities and media have continued to disrespect transgender victims by not honoring their true names and gender identities. The following statement was issued by Equality California, […]View Article
On World AIDS Day, it’s important that we elevate the stories and experiences of trans and gender nonconforming people living with HIV/AIDS. In research and advocacy, our community is routinely underrepresented despite being more at risk for contracting the virus. Once trans people know their status, we continue to lack access to affirming and adequate […]View Article
It’s Native American Heritage Month and it has been full of heavy events for the Indigenous community. From the ongoing resistance efforts at Standing Rock to a polarizing election conclusion and today’s complex observance of Thanksgiving, we continue to live in a nation where Indigenous people are still fighting to be heard. Today we’re elevating […]View Article
November 9, 2016 — In response to the results of the 2016 U.S. election, Transgender Law Center executive director Kris Hayashi issued the following statement: “Today, we are facing a devastating reality. A demagogue who has pledged to destroy our communities and campaigned on open and enthusiastic contempt for our lives – as transgender people, […]View Article
(Washington, D.C. – October 28, 2016) — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to take up the case of a Virginia student, Gavin Grimm, who has been singled out to use a separate bathroom from his peers just because he is transgender. “Schools cannot harass, discriminate against, and single out students because […]View Article
Today, U.S. District Judge Pamela Pepper denied a motion by Kenosha Unified School District to stay the preliminary injunction she issued last month granting our client Ash Whitaker access to the boys’ restroom at school. “We are very happy with today’s ruling as it means, at least for now, that Ash will be able to […]View Article
Last Saturday, trans actresses, models and performers came together for Drag For A Cause, a benefit for Transgender Law Center at the Oxford Inn in Los Angeles. The superstars donned flashy outfits, brought out intricate choreography and showed the attendees how to truly work a stage. “I was so blessed be able to go out […]View Article
(Sacramento, CA)—California Governor Jerry Brown today signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1732, authored by Asm. Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by Equality California, the Transgender Law Center and California National Organization of Women (NOW). AB 1732 establishes the nation’s most progressive restroom access law, requiring that single-occupancy restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and places […]View Article
Transgender Law Center is proud to witness the launch of TRANSform Washington, a statewide public awareness campaign that celebrates the dignity, diversity and humanity of transgender and gender non-conforming people. The effort is supported by the Pride Foundation and was inspired by TLC’s Transform California campaign. A bevy of discrimination and harmful legislation is sweeping the […]View Article
Click here to view legal documents, photos of Ash, and more about the history of this case. (Kenosha, WI) – A federal court today ruled that a Wisconsin school must immediately halt its discriminatory policy of singling out a transgender boy, Ashton Whitaker, and forcing him to use a restroom separate from all other students. […]View Article
Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued a final rule requiring federally funded emergency shelters to house people in accordance with their gender identity in emergency shelters that are segregated by gender. The final rule clarifies that emergency shelters that receive federal funding cannot force a person into housing that is inconsistent […]View Article