For many transgender people, a name change is one of the most important steps toward matching their legal documents with their gender identity. Though there are few exceptions under which a court can deny someone the right to a name change, being transgender is not one of them.
For the past two years, Lambda Legal has filed lawsuits on behalf of students who were denied the right to participate in GLSEN’s Day of Silence, the annual anti-bullying observance in support of LGBT students at their schools. Today we celebrate this year's National Day of Silence.
On the heels of a Lambda Legal lawsuit, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled that because the DeSoto County school district promised it would not interfere with Amber Hatcher, 16, and other students' rights to participate GLSEN’s Day of Silence this year, on April 19, 2013, an injunction was not necessary.