Lambda Legal Expands Transgender Rights Project and Launches Know Your Rights: Transgender
Today, Lambda Legal announced the expansion of its transgender rights advocacy, officially designating the organization’s body of work as Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project, naming attorney Dru Levasseur project director, and launching a first-of-its-kind online and mobile hub called Know Your Rights: Transgender.
Transgender people experience rampant workplace discrimination, endure high rates of harassment and violence, face challenges to family relationships, lack sufficient access to medically necessary health care, and face difficulties in obtaining accurate and appropriate identity documents. Recent Lambda Legal victories like the Glenn v. Brumby case, in which a transgender woman was discriminated against for transitioning at her job in the Georgia Assembly, and the Smith v. Fields case, a lawsuit on behalf of several Wisconsin transgender women in prison who were denied transition-related health care, are steps forward in the movement towards transgender equality.
"Lambda Legal has a strong commitment to litigation and public education around issues of gender identity and gender expression, and I look forward to advancing and expanding the scope of the organization's work," said Dru Levasseur, Transgender Rights Project Director. "We are excited to have the Know Your Rights: Transgender resource available online to help transgender people understand their rights and make sure they are respected. Based on the calls to our Legal Help Desk, we know that transgender people—whether they are being harassed by the police or discriminated against at work—need to be able to access information about their rights and the laws in place to protect them, as quickly as possible. This new mobile- friendly resource will give transgender people across the country critical information at their fingertips."
The Know Your Rights: Transgender hub provides comprehensive information about laws and policies at the state and federal level that protect transgender people. This mobile-friendly hub is a comprehensive tool for transgender people and includes legal and advocacy guidance on an array of issues: identity documents, transgender workplace rights, restroom access rights, health care, transgender youth, transgender seniors, transgender parents, and fighting anti-transgender violence. This is the second Know Your Rights hub Lambda Legal has launched in the past year joining Know Your Rights: Youth.
Read the press release.