The recent tragedy involving two transgender women of color in Orange County, CA – the death of Katya De La Riva and arrest of Valeria De La Luz for allegedly giving Katya silicone injections that authorities claim caused Katya’s death -- surfaces many of the issues faced by transgender people, and especially by low-income and immigrant transgender women of color – issues of acceptance, identity, discrimination, and transphobia.
Lambda Legal's video "Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination" about Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender widow, will be playing at Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned a lower court ruling because the trial judge erred in allowing one litigant to use a peremptory challenge (a challenge to a juror not based on demonstrated cause) to remove a juror because of the juror’s sexual orientation.
Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court today claiming the Hesperia Unified School District and administrators at Sultana High School violated California law by not renewing the contract of an openly lesbian teacher in retaliation for supporting lesbian, gay and gender-nonconforming students' attempts to speak out about the harassment and discrimination directed at them.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a ruling upholding SB 1172 - the California law prohibiting state-licensed mental health providers from using dangerous efforts to change sexual orientation - sometimes referred to as "ex-gay therapy" - with minors.
Citing the Supreme Court's recent DOMA decision, the Ninth Circuit dismissed the appeal in Lambda Legal's DOMA challenge on behalf of Karen Golinski, a federal court employee denied family health coverage for her spouse.