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ACLU takes legal action defending rights of Maryland transgender students

BALTIMORE, Md. — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion today to defend a Maryland school board’s policies that prevent discrimination, harassment, and stigmatization of transgender and gender nonconforming students in the school system. The policies ensure that transgender students can, among other things, use school facilities in accordance with their gender identity. A […]

In new court filing, GLAD and NCLR refute Trump administration’s claims that no harms have resulted from the transgender military ban

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Monday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) hit back at the Trump administration’s defense of its transgender service ban in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. NCLR and GLAD filed a brief refuting last week’s Trump Administration claims that no harms have resulted […]

Opposition to transgender military ban builds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NCLR and GLAD, two leading groups fighting President Trump’s transgender military ban in court, have applauded the bipartisan group of Members from the House of Representatives in introducing a bill that would block the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender servicemembers in the military. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., would restrict the […]

Bipartisan legislation introduced to protect transgender service members

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect currently-serving transgender service members from being discharged due to President Trump’s transgender military ban. The legislation was introduced by Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Susan Davis (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Adam Smith (D-WA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). […]

Casting Society of America announces international open call for transgender actors

LOS ANGELES, Calif – The Casting Society of America will be hosting an international open call for transgender actors as part of the CSA’s inclusion commitment within the entertainment industry to challenge unconscious bias, empower casting directors to lead the inclusion conversation, and discover, educate, and promote the next generation of extraordinary talent within a […]

Legal advocates in fight against Trump transgender military ban praise congressional demand for answers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 100 Members of Congress wrote to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis asking him to provide any “discussions or correspondence between the White House and the Pentagon” that purportedly informed President Trump’s decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal […]

Jeff Sessions reverses non-discrimination protections for transgender workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions today reversed a federal policy aimed to protect transgender workers from workplace discrimination. In a move that erased a policy issued by the Obama Administration, Sessions issued a memo to United States attorneys arguing that transgender workers should not receive the same protections under the Title […]

GLAD and NCLR join as co-counsel in Equality California lawsuit against President Trump’s transgender military ban

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Equality California announced today that the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), the LGBT legal organizations leading the fight against the Trump Administration’s transgender military ban, have joined as co-counsel in its lawsuit challenging the ban, Stockman v. Trump. Equality California is a plaintiff in the suit together with seven […]

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dunford opposes transgender military ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford indicated in testimony that he opposes President Trump’s transgender military ban. Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee today, “I believe that any individual who meets the physical and mental standards … should be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve.” As reported […]

Senate blocks vote on bipartisan amendment to protect the rights of transgender service members

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Senate has blocked the Gillibrand-Collins Amendment, that would have protected transgender service members from President Donald Trump’s discriminatory transgender military ban. This amendment received bipartisan support, however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to bring it up for a vote during floor debate for the FY2018 National […]

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