Meet the Plaintiffs Challenging Kansas’s Discriminatory Birth Certificate Policy Against Transgender People

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Lambda Legal represents four transgender people seeking the ability to correct their Kansas birth certificates to accurately reflect their sex, consistent with their respective gender identities, as well as one organizational plaintiff that advocates for the rights of transgender Kansans. You can read more about the case here.

Nyla Foster

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Ms. Foster, a 30-year-old transgender woman, is an artist, community advocate and organizer who has dedicated much of her career to working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people who have experienced violence. Currently, Ms. Foster works at a Kansas City-based non-profit committed to providing housing and supportive services to homeless children, youth, and families. Ms. Foster is a former Project Coordinator & Advocate for the Kansas City Anti Violence Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing advocacy for LGBTQ people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, hate crime, and neglect. In addition, Ms. Foster is part of the leadership of the Trans Women of Color Collective. Ms. Foster was born in Kansas City, Kansas and currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

Luc Bensimon

Pronouns: He/him/his

Luc Malik Bensimon, a 46-year-old transgender man, is an activist who advocates on behalf of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, as well as for people with disabilities. He is a founding member and is on the board of the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (“K-STEP”), and is the Kansas representative for Black Transmen, Inc.  Mr. Bensimon lives with a mild form of cerebral palsy. Mr. Bensimon was born and currently resides in Topeka, Kansas. 

Jessica Hicklin

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Jessica Hicklin, a 39-year-old transgender woman incarcerated at the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point, Missouri, was born in Medicine Lodge, Kansas and advocates for the rights of transgender people in incarceration. Lambda Legal also represents Jessica in a case in which she successfully challenged the Missouri Department of Corrections “freeze-frame” policy that barred access to transition-related health care for inmates and others in custody if they were not receiving treatment prior to incarceration.


Pronouns: He/him/his

This case has one anonymous client, C.K., who will only be identified by his initials.


K-Step (Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project)

K-STEP works to  foster a society free of discrimination against transgender, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, and gender questioning individuals and their families. K-STEP has members throughout the State of Kansas and works collaboratively to secure, protect, and defend the equal civil rights and welfare of transgender people in Kansas through education, networking, and empowering leaders. Many of its transgender members, including Plaintiff Luc Bensimon, wish to correct their Kansas birth certificates to accurately reflect their sex, consistent with their respective gender identities.