In Nebraska, gay and lesbian individuals and couples were not always allowed to adopt or foster children. Why is that? A twenty-year-old policy barred these people from receiving a state foster parent license. And Nebraska was one of the last states to have a blatant anti-gay and/or lesbian law on the books. Truth be told, … Continue reading How Price Waterhouse Propelled Title VII Forward
Under the Obama administration last May, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued joint guidance that directed schools to let transgender students use facilities, most notably restrooms, that correspond with their genders. Known as the “Dear Colleague” letter, it addressed school districts and colleges that receive federal funding. Schools are expected to … Continue reading Trump Sucks, But You Already Knew That
When Jamie Shupe’s attorney, Lake Perriguey of Law Works LLC, was told by Oregon judge Amy Holmes Hehn of the Multnomah County Circuit Court that Mr. Perriguey was “pushing the envelope” with a petition for his client to change his legal classification to nonbinary. Mr. Perriguey insisted that it their petition to allow Jamie’s legal … Continue reading Oregon Nonbinary Advances
Queer Parenting Della Wolf Kango Wiley Richards is known as British Columbia’s first child to have three parents listed on a birth certificate. She is the daughter of two cis-lesbians, Danielle Wiley and Anna Richards, and her father is a cis-man named Shawn Kangro. Questions about pregnancy and parenting are often complex for queer couples, … Continue reading Room for More Than Two
Aden* sat in the waiting room of the sperm bank, nervously playing with his beard while his partner, G, held his hand. The waiting room was overflowing with couples yearning – just like Aden and G – to become pregnant, or so it seemed. Aden’s eyes evaded eye contact until they couldn’t any longer. “Aden,” called the … Continue reading Are You the Child-Bearer?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Transgender and gender non-conforming youth encounter varying degrees of abuse while in foster care group homes. The types of abuse fall into three main categories: (1) emotional; (2) physical; and (3) sexual. Regardless of which of the three main categories the abuse falls into, it is frequently serious in nature. Although transgender and gender … Continue reading Being Fully Seen: Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth in Foster Care
What is Title IX “No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.“ Requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal … Continue reading Title IX & Campus Security Act
Defining Interest Convergence Critical race theorist, Derrick Bell, was the first tenured African-American professor of law at Harvard Law School. Acclaimed for greatly contributing to critical race theory, Bell is lauded for his ‘interest convergence’ dilemma (or theory) which followed the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision mandating racial segregation of public schools come … Continue reading Interest Convergence and Transgender Students
There are only a few exceptions that allow a court to deny someone the right to change their name. Being transgender is not one of those exceptions. Changing your name is time-consuming and costly and should not be denied based on sexist notions or transgender bias. —Beth Littrell, Lambda Legal Superior Court Judge J. David … Continue reading What’s in a Name?