Every year at this time, communities
across the United States celebrate Pride. It’s a happy
time—a time to relax and be ourselves, reconnect
with friends and marvel at the astonishing diversity
within our communities—sometimes mixed with
bittersweet thoughts as we remember the loved
ones we lost.
On February 10, 2011, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) issued a letter to state birth
registrars announcing a procedure change allowing a woman to be named as a parent on the Maryland birth certificate of
the child born to her same-sex married spouse, without the necessity of a court order.
The Hawai`i civil union law will take effect January 1, 2012,
and civil union partners will have access to the full range of
state law rights and responsibilities when they enter into
their civil union. Rights and responsibilities related to
Hawai`i state tax laws will apply to taxable years beginning
after December 31, 2011.
Providing for Lambda Legal’s work in your estate plans is a wonderful way to
create a lasting legacy. Resources no longer needed can be used in your name to
make the world a better place for the next generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender people. And until a cure is found, we’ll continue to secure the civil
rights of people with HIV or AIDS.
April 11, 2014 is the National Day of Silence, a student-led action sponsored by Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education
Network’s (GLSEN) in which thousands of students around the country will remain silent for all or part of the school day to
call attention to the harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
The kinds of health care associated with gender transition have too
often been misunderstood as cosmetic, experimental or simply unnecessary.
Yet there is medical consensus that hormone therapy and sex reassignment
surgery (SRS) are medically necessary for many transgender
people. It’s quite clear now that a person’s gender identity—one’s inner
sense of being male or female—is deep-seated and cannot be changed,
and therefore that this transition-related health care can be crucial.
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Whether at work, in a restaurant
or passing through a train station, pretty much everyone needs to stop
into a restroom at some point while away from the comforts of home.
But this simple routine is anything but that for many transgender and
gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people.