TLDEF

Colorado trans woman challenges discriminatory health insurance denial

Colorado transgender woman, Ashlyn Trider, is currently working with TLDEF (Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund) to force Aetna Life Insurance Company to cover her sex reassignment surgery.

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West Virginia DMV changes photo policy after transgender women threaten lawsuit

On July 1st, the West Virginia DMV officially changed its license photo policy to be trans-inclusive, allowing trans individuals to be photographed as they regularly appear, without being required to alter their gender expression by doing things such as removing makeup and other items.

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Lawsuit filed on behalf of South Carolina teenager denied a license photo for wearing makeup

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the family of Chase Culpepper, a gender non-conforming South Carolina teenager who was refused a driver's license at the Department of Motor Vehicles until he removed his makeup.

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July 10, 2014

Transgender Women denied updated license photo at West Virginia DMV

Two transgender women in West Virginia were denied their right to take their ID picture as their authentic selves. On two separate occasions the women were ordered to "take off their wigs and makeup" before being allowed to take an updated license photo.

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June 5, 2014

New York State updates birth certificate policy, but obstacles remain for those born in NYC

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), in conjunction with a coalition that includes the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Empire State Pride Agenda among others, has announced that the State of New York now requires only an affidavit from a licensed healthcare provider that indicates a transgender individual has received clinical treatment in order to correct birth certificates. The City of New York has yet to follow suit.

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June 4, 2014

Bryan Ellicott, a transgender man, sues NYC for discrimination at public pool locker room

Bryan John Ellicott, a city employee for the Office of Emergency Management and a 24-year-old transgender man, is suing New York City after three Parks Department employees allegedly discriminated against him because of his gender identity on July 21 last year.

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December 9, 2013

Court to Hear appeal in Lateisha Green's murder case

The New York state Court of Appeals will consider restoring the hate crimes conviction in the Lateisha Green murder c

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June 23, 2013

Victory for Coy Mathis!

This is the first ruling in the nation holding that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms that match who they are, and the most comprehensive ruling ever supporting the rights of transgender people to access bathrooms without harassment or discrimination.

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March 7, 2013

Elementary school refuses to speak, as twenty thousand Americans stand up for 6-year-old transgender girl

GLAAD and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) today announced that Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain, CO has rejected mediation in a civil rights case asking the school to allow 6 year-old transgender student Coy Mathis to use the girls' bathroom at her school.

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March 4, 2013

Family of transgender first-grader Coy Mathis launches Change.org petition

Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, parents of six-year-old Coy Mathis from Fountain, Colorado, have launched a change.org petition asking Coy's school to allow her to go back to using the correct bathroom. Just before Christmas, Coy's school notified her parents that their daughter would no longer be allowed to use the girls' bathroom, because she is transgender.

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