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.
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.
The Delaware Civil Union and Equality Act passed the state legislature in April 2011 and
was signed by the Governor in May 2011. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2012.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the new civil union law and what
it means for Delawareans.
From the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the passage of marriage equality in New
York, 2011 was another momentous year of progress for LGBT rights and the rights of
people with HIV. Here are the biggest events in the state of the law in 2011, according
to Lambda Legal—as well as a tipsheet for what to watch for in 2012.