As this issue of Impact goes to press, we await the outcome of historic votes about marriage for same-sex couples in four states, as we also await word on whether the Supreme Court will consider cases that we hope finally strike down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) youth face
serious legal obstacles, and many endure discrimination and
violence on a daily basis, whether in school, health care or the
criminal justice system.
It’s not easy getting older, but transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC)
people have especially good reasons to know their legal rights as they enter their
Golden Years. The discrimination and violations of physical privacy that plague most
TGNC people when they are younger become more and more likely, especially with
increased reliance on the health care system
Federal courts play a crucial role in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and those with HIV. Across the
country, federal courts are deciding cases involving access to health care, employment protections, safety in schools, the
freedom to marry, parenting rights, and family protections for same-sex couples.
Friends and Family throughout the
country are making Pride plans—figuring out what
to wear, which train or whose car to take, whether
to bring the stroller or the dogs, the best vantage
point to enjoy the festivities, where to go afterward
to continue the celebration. The crowds, the energy
and the astonishing diversity and creativity in our
community all bring emotional uplift.
Getting and keeping a regular job is out of reach for many transgender
and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people, and sometimes steady
employment is no better: Whether accused of using the “wrong”
bathroom, harassed for not matching one gender stereotype or another,
or being the only one in the offi ce turned down for medically necessarily
health care, TGNC employees often endure humiliating treatment and
unfair policies every day of the week.
Thousands of children around the United States have parents who
are transgender, an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender
identity—one’s inner sense of being male or female—differs from the
sex assigned or presumed at birth.