Our Legal and Policy Work
Victory for South Carolina student suspended for using boys’ bathroom
After Transgender Law Center sent a demand letter, the South Carolina district reversed course and agreed to adopt new policies to treat transgender students fairly.
Two TLC cases transform employment law
Transgender Law Center’s victories on behalf of Mia Macy in 2012 and Tamara Lusardi in 2015 changed the landscape for employment law, establishing that Title VII protects transgender people from discrimination in the workplace. (Image: TLC client Tamara Lusardi)
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Transgender Law Center engages in impact litigation and policy advocacy to increase protections for transgender and gender nonconforming people and to ensure that we can all live free from violence and discrimination based on gender identity or expression.
We advocate with government bodies around the country to change laws to further the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people to safety and equality, including access to healthcare and ID that lets us live freely as who we are.
- We lobby state legislatures and Congress to change laws to expand legal protections for transgender and gender nonconforming people, and to halt progress of measures that would roll back those protections.
- We also advocate with administrative agencies like the federal Department of Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Education, and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as state and local agencies that oversee healthcare, civil rights, schools, and prisons.
- Finally, we work with government offices, companies, and nonprofit organizations to make sure their policies support transgender and gender nonconforming people and allow us to live as ourselves without discrimination because of our gender identity or expression.
Transgender Law Center’s attorneys bring strategic lawsuits around the country in cases that present the opportunity to move the law forward for everyone in our community, particularly those most vulnerable—including low-income, homeless, and incarcerated people, people living in rural parts of the country, and transgender youth. Our cases also seek to guarantee access to healthcare and ID documents for all transgender people so that we can all live freely and safely as our authentic selves.