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Anti-LGBTQ hate groups are using state legislatures to attack trans children and codify discrimination against transgender youth. When it comes to these attacks, we no longer have the luxury of time. How we respond in the next six months will have a deep, lasting effect on the future of transgender rights.
Everyone deserves to feel safe and supported in their community. But in recent years, far-right conservative and religious groups have been coordinating on new lines of attack in their long-standing campaign against LGBTQ equality, and transgender rights in particular. Groups like the Heritage Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom and others, have all played a part in advancing anti-LGBTQ lawsuits and legislation in states across the country.
In March, 2020, the governor of Idaho became the first to sign into law a ban on transgender women and girls from competing in girls’ sports leagues. Here in Minnesota, the athletic organization USA Powerlifting announced a blanket ban on all transgender athletes in 2019. Since then, dozens of bills have been filed in states across the country – including Minnesota’s SF 96– targeting the ability of transgender youth to participate in sports, get the health care they need, or receive fair treatment in any number of public settings.
These attacks haven’t stopped, and neither will we. With your support, Gender Justice will continue to take every opportunity to speak out, educate and build public support, and pursue cases that not only protect but also expand protections for LGBTQ rights under the law.
Please make a gift now. Together, we can get ahead of these harmful laws and divisive narratives before they can fully take hold and cause irreparable harm.
Legislative, political, and legal attacks against the transgender community have surged in recent years – with opponents deploying arguments around “religious freedom” as a license to discriminate, wielding reductive distortions based on junk science, and exploiting the lack of research and education within federal and state courts systems to curb access to health care, public participation, education, and opportunity.
GENDER JUSTICE IS TAKING A STRATEGIC, MULTI-PRONGED APPROACH TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS DISCRIMINATION AND PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF TRANSGENDER PEOPLE. THIS INCLUDES:
WE KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE THAT THESE ARE WINNING STRATEGIES. GENDER JUSTICE HAS A REPUTATION FOR LEADING THE FIGHT FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS AND BEING A “FIRST MOVER” IN PURSUING INNOVATIVE LITIGATION TO PROTECT AND EXPAND TRANS RIGHTS.
In 2015, we secured a first-in-the-nation decision by a federal court in Minnesota affirming that Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act does indeed protect the rights of transgender people to access health care without discrimination. Last year, we won a MN Court of Appeals decision affirming that discrimination against transgender students, including regarding locker room access for student-athletes, is illegal under MN’s Human Rights Act.
Our efforts have led to changes in how care providers and insurance treat transgender patients and forced new measures of accountability on schools to ensure equal education to all students.
And right now, we’re proudly representing transgender powerlifter and advocate JayCee Cooper, who was denied the opportunity to compete when USA Powerlifting instituted a blanket ban on transgender athletes.