On December 27, 2017, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed in part a summary-judgment dismissal of a case alleging discrimination on the basis of transgender status, finding a genuine issue of material fact. The case was remanded to the district court for further proceedings regarding the alleged discrimination under the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
The case was brought by Paul Allen Bray, who identifies as a “transgender/transsexual male,” against Starbucks, alleging that an employee disclosed Bray’s transgender status to another employee, who subsequently “began to treat him differently.” Court reinstates transgender man’s discrimination suit against Starbucks — Pink News Bray v. Starbucks — unpublished opinion
Nevaeh Love is a man who identifies as a woman. In September 2017, the ACLU of Florida filed a lawsuit on his behalf alleging he had been “ejected from a place of public accommodation because [he] is transgender.” Specifically, Love alleged he was “singled out and asked to move from [his] seat at an adults-only fundraising event.” The event was advertised as open to “ladies only” and featured male exotic dancers who allegedly “expressed objections to performing their show, which involved some degree of disrobing and mingling with the patrons, if a person they considered to be male was in the audience.” Event organizers allegedly asked Love to sit further back in the audience.
The case was presented to Judge Edward P. Nickinson of the First Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, who apparently distinguished Love’s case from similar cases alleging discrimination in which sexual acts were not a factor. According to Judge Nickinson, “No person should be required to perform body-contact sexual or sexually suggestive acts with another except by consent. The court believes that a judgment in favor of Ms. Love, in this case, would violate that basic premise.”
Further, Judge Nickinson wrote:
“Here, the dancers clearly did not consider Ms. Love to be a ‘woman’ for purposes of their performance, and the court sees no reason why, for that limited purpose, Ms. Love should be able to force those dancers to think otherwise.”
Chloe Sagal was a man who identified as a transgender woman. On June 19, Sagal walked into Lownsdale Square, a public park in Portland, OR, on crutches and began reading a prepared statement regarding “homelessness and mental health issues,” according to witnesses. Several minutes later “she got out a gallon bottle and poured what looked like dirty water over her head,” and then pulled out a lighter and set himself on fire in front of several witnesses who were listening to Sagal’s statement. After some difficulty (possibly due to the use of an accelerant) the witnesses and a sheriff’s deputy were able to put out the flames. When asked “why they’d done it,” Sagal “said it was because they were homeless and didn’t know what else to do.” Sagal was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital alive, but subsequently died there of injuries from the fire.
Charlotte Clymer is a man who identifies as a transgender woman who claims he was “forcibly removed” from a Washington D.C. restaurant after arguing with the manager over the manager’s request to see his I.D. Clymer published a length account of the incident on Facebook, where he reports that he was asked to show I.D. before and after entering the women’s restroom and that he refused, noting “There are people crammed into this hallway. It’s busy.” Clymer then walked out of the restaurant “to cool off,” pulled up a website explaining the D.C. Human Rights Law on his phone, and walked back into the restaurant to argue with the manager some more: Continue reading “Charlotte Clymer (USA)”
On June 16, three women marched in the Baltimore Pride Parade near Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh carrying signs that read “Dykes Don’t Like Dick,” “Woman is Not a Feeling,” and “Lesbian Not Queer,” among others. They were identified Sunday night by individuals who recognized them marching in the parade. Also, at least one of the women claimed credit on her Instagram page. Continue reading “Baltimore Pride 2018 @radfemradio (USA)”
Gavin Grimm is a 19-year-old who sued the Gloucester County School Board over its policy requiring students to use sex-segregated facilities according to the students’ biological sex. Grimm’s complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of “transgender status” in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (claiming “Transgender people as a class exhibit immutable or distinguishing characteristics that define them as a discrete group”) and discrimination “on the basis of sex” under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Although Grimm is no longer a high school student, and therefore is no longer affected by the school’s policies, a federal judge denied the school board’s motion to dismiss and ordered the parties to arrive at a settlement within 30 days. Transgender Student in Bathroom Dispute Wins Court Ruling — New York Times G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board (USA) — Gender Identity Watch