Julienne Goins, a transsexual, claimed that West Group discriminated against her based upon her sexual orientation by designating restrooms and restroom use on the basis of biological gender, in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act (“MHRA”). Goins also claimed that such discrimination created a hostile work environment. The Supreme Court of Minnesota held in 2001 that an employer’s designation of employee restroom use based on biological gender is not sexual orientation discrimination in violation of the MHRA.
Alan M.Outman is serving 25 years to life in a New York state prison for “forcibly sexually abusing” a 21-year-old man and then “intentionally killing” him in a culvert. Alan now identifies as a Woman named “Sara.” He recently lost a request for special housing on account of his diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
Michael Kantaras underwent surgery in 1987 to remove his breasts and ovaries and began taking hormones to transition to living as a man. He married a woman, Linda, and they later went through a contentious divorce and child custody case. In 2004, the Florida Supreme Court found that the marriage was null and void because Michael was still a woman and same-sex marriages were illegal in Florida at the time. The parties later settled.
Karen Ulane, as Kenneth Ulane, was hired in 1968 as a pilot for defendant, Eastern Air Lines, Inc., but was fired as Karen Frances Ulane in 1981. Ulane filed a timely charge of sex discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which subsequently issued a right to sue letter. Ulane sued, claiming he was discriminated against as a female and as a transsexual. The judge ruled in favor of Ulane on both counts after a bench trial. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed, noting that Ulane was not female and Title VII did not cover transsexuals. This 1984 case is effectively dated given the EEOC’s current position on these cases.
Marlow White, 51, a transgender Manhattan man, filed a $2 million federal lawsuit against the New York City Police Department for allegedly repeatedly impeded attempts to report an alleged hate crime and failing to arrest the man who allegedly threatened White and White’s family. White claims that NYPD officers discriminated based on gender identity.
James Monroe is serving a prison sentence in California. He claims in a lawsuit that a prison guard retaliated against him for agreeing to have a transgender cellmate and for filing prison grievances against the guard. Monroe alleges that, in April 2013, the guard told him that he did not want any “fags” or “transsexual inmates” in his housing unit. The guard also allegedly told Monroe to exchange jobs with another inmate and to move out of the unit because he did not want any “fags in the building, or working for him.” When Monroe refused, the guard allegedly retaliated against him for the next four months by tampering with Monroe’s mail; terminating his work duties; filing false Rules Violation Reports (“RVR”) against Monroe; verbally threatening him; and informing other inmates that Monroe was a “jailhouse snitch” and a pedophile with the intent that these inmates would physically assault Monroe.
The court dismissed the lawsuit.
Ashley Diamond, a 37-year-old black transgender woman, was granted early release from state custody in the midst of a legal battle with the Georgia Department of Corrections over the denial of proper medical care and adequate protection from repeated sexual assaults.
We have reported on Diamond’s plight since December 2013 and are glad Diamond has been released. Continue reading “Diamond v. Owens (USA)”
Monica Jones is a 30-year-old Man who identifies as a Woman. He engages in prostitution, and worked very hard to dismantle a diversion program for Women seeking to exit prostitution. He was denied entry into Australia in 2014 because he engaged in prostitution while on a prior trip to Australia, in violation of the terms of his visa. The Australian immigration minister is now seeking to quash Jones’ appeal of this denial.
Here is Jones admitting he engages in prostitution.
In his action to dismantle the Arizona diversion program, Jones swore up and down that he never engaged in prostitution, and he was victimized by police for “walking while trans.”
Christine Kitzler is a Man who identifies as a Woman who recently beat back a lawsuit from his parents, claiming he is not competent to make medical decisions for himself.