Our Legal and Policy Work
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. Over half of the transgender people surveyed in the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination survey reported being verbally harassed or disrespected in a place of public accommodation.
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.
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Policy & Advocacy
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. We know that even though these legal protections exist, people still face violence and harassment. That’s why we educate service providers, business and the public about the importance and liability involved with providing equal access in all public accommodations.
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