The American Civil Liberties Union continues to demonstrate that it does not care about the rights of children in taking up the cause of a teenage girl in Michigan who wants access to boys’ facilities because she says she’s a boy. It sent a letter to the Jenison High School superintendent on behalf of the girl, who apparently is offended that she was told that she could choose between the bathroom corresponding with her actual sex , one of three unisex staff bathrooms or a so-called gender-neutral bathroom installed.
Andrea Lafferty, head of the Traditional Values Coalition, and an unnamed high school student filed a lawsuit in Fairfax County (Virginia) Circuit Court last week, arguing that the county school board overstepped its bounds when it changed the policy in May 2015 to bar discrimination of students and staff based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. The suit asks for an injunction to stop the board from implementing the policy.
Shelby Horton and Merinda Waller are two female inmates who filed a lawsuit against Corrections Corporation of America and other defendants for their decision to house a male inmate, Carla Brenner, with them. The case was apparently settled.
Carla Brenner is a Man who identifies as a Woman. He was housed in a Women’s prison for a petty crime and filed a lawsuit in 2011 for the violation of his rights. The lawsuit was dismissed because he failed to exhaust his administrative remedies prior to bringing the action in federal court.
Employers must use transgender people’s preferred pronouns under the New York City Human Rights Law. The New York City Commission on Human Rights issued new guidelines to protect transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers in employment, public accommodations and housing. Under the city’s Human Rights Law, landlords, employers and businesses must refer to transgender people using their preferred pronouns. Transgender people must also have access to bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. The New York City Commission on Human Rights also warns that dress codes can be discriminatory.
Jane Maria Nicholson is a Man who identifies as a Woman and a board member of the SouthBay LGBT Center, a group that serves gay people, including youth. He is charged with sexually abusing minor boys.