Must read Twitter thread about the experience of many, many trans women at work:
“If you transition at work, just get ready for the whiplash of apparently being terrible at your job now and having your every movement questioned even if they say they're supportive just be ready for that” Coincidentally, all of my clients are also suddenly terrible at their jobs too! Of course, scientists have long known that one of the side effects of estrogen is misogyny."
See this link: https://twitter.com/drjilliantweiss/status/1040552509234982912?s=21
My quote in yesterday’s Washington Blade about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s statements about LGBT rights, in the hearings on his nomination to SCOTUS.
“Jillian Weiss, a transgender civil rights lawyer who represents LGBT employees, said Kavanaugh’s statement against anti-gay discrimination was “not significant.” “It was a quote from Justice Kennedy, not his own opinion,” Weiss said. “My concern is he’s more pragmatist rather than principled. If he sticks to conservative judicial principles, he’ll focus on the meaning of the text today, as Justice Scalia did when he ruled sex discrimination includes same-sex harassment. We in the modern world understand ‘sex’ to include gender, and all that implies. Or will he revert conveniently to what a congressman thought in 1964?”
See this link: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/09/12/kavanaughs-answers-leave-lgbt-legal-experts-unsatisfied/
Many cases involving gender identity and sexual orientation are now being brought to state courts after most federal courts have now recognized their protection from Sex discrimination. The Missouri Supreme Court is expected to decide within months whether state law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The lawsuit, filed this week in Cole County Circuit Court, challenges the commission’s dismissal of a case brought by a transgender man who claimed his employer treated him differently because he didn’t conform to stereotypes of masculinity.
See this link: http://www.kcur.org/post/another-case-tests-missouris-human-rights-protections-transgender-people
This is how transgender people are regarded and treated in our society, especially Black trans women.
But then there are people like Chief District Judge Mark E. Walker of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Division. Listen.
“It wasn't until Ms. Keohane found a lawyer willing to take her case that things changed for the better. Defendant was staring down the barrel of a federal lawsuit when it suddenly changed course by securing hormone therapy and amending its policy formerly prohibiting new treatment for inmates with gender dysphoria—all within a matter of months after Ms. Keohane filed her complaint.” “This case has been a moving target from the beginning, morphing with Defendant's shifting explanations for the denial of hormone treatment and access to female clothing and grooming standards.” “....But while the standard for establishing deliberate indifference is high, it is not impossible to meet. And if Ms....
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The Supreme Court is expected to decide in the coming months whether to take up a case involving a transgender employee who won her sex discrimination case. 13 Republican attorneys general, including those representing Texas, Alabama, Kansas, and Utah, signed on to a brief asking the Court to overrule the lower courts’ decisions in favor of trans employee protections. Three GOP governors— Matthew Bevin (Kentucky), Paul LePage (Maine), and Phil Bryant (Mississippi)—also joined in the court filing.
See this link: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/states-ask-supreme-court-to-limit-lgbt-protection
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