Tag Archives: law

States protecting sex segregation and gender identity at the same time!

For the record, I am sharing an excerpt from the gender identity laws state chart that I posted on this site in 2013. These are states in which gender identity laws have already been passed, yet protection for sex-segregation is also explicitly allowed by statute. This differs from the recent DOJ interpretations of “sex” where […]

Direct replacement of ‘sex’ with ‘gender’ in U.S. passport and Social Security policies

FYI At the federal level, pro-gender lobbyists have been successful in changing both Social Security and United States passport policy. Instead of requiring a “sex change operation,” the new policies merely require a physician’s attestation of “appropriate clinical treatment” (social security) or “gender-related care” (passports) of any kind. Mere psychiatric treatment is acceptable, as if sex […]

Restatement of political position on “gender identity” laws in the USA

I opened this site in 2011 as an internet placeholder for an extremely controversial letter I had written with another lawyer. This letter, hereinafter referred to as the UN letter,[i] is about a legal trend in the United States towards the state level adoption of anti-discrimination laws designed to define and protect something called “gender identity.” We described […]

Pro-choice means pro-female, regardless of identity. #profemaleprochoice

Previously published at Liberation Collective. Huffington Post and Autostraddle both ran articles on January 27th, 2014 about the hashtag #protransprochoice and a petition started by three young adults: Beck Martens, Alice Wilder, and Calliope Wong–a transwoman who caused a media flurry in 2013 about being denied application for enrollment at a female-only college while Wong was still legally and […]

Gender legally replacing “sex” reaches new heights of absurdity in Utah

I hate to say I told you so, but….confusing sex with gender is back-firing. Big time. The Advocate has run a news story about some pretty outrageous legislation being proposed in Utah. Their primary concern seems to be that physical exams will be mandated for trans-identified students wishing to use the bathroom in accordance with […]

(G)ENDA back up for a vote in the Senate

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has been introduced to Congress numerous times, and is up for a Senate vote again, but has thus far failed to be enshrined in law. Currently, there is no federal employment protection for gay, lesbian, and trans-identified people: we can be fired simply for being homosexual or gender non-compliant. These […]

A Gender Critical Response to: A Statement of Trans-Inclusive Feminism and Womanism

This is my response to the reactionary and misguided “A Statement of Trans-Inclusive Feminism and Womanism” (The Statement) posted at FeministsFightingTransphobia.wordpress.com. We can all agree, I think, that people’s actual lives are more important than theoretical abstractions– including those related to “identity.” This is precisely why, as feminists, we demand acknowledgement for the lived realities and […]