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Macy v. Holder

TERF Wars: Trans Women and Feminist Extremism in Context

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Second-wave feminism included many lesbians who didn't know many trans women, because few were out and active in those circles in the '70s, and found it very easy to weave into their philosophy the absurd idea that trans women are "the avant-garde of the patriarchy's invasion of women's spaces."

The End of ENDA?

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

If my gay colleagues choose to jettison ENDA, I'm willing to back off. But the question with which I am left is: Now what? Do we really expect that the House of Representatives, which won't even debate the version of ENDA with broad religious exemptions, will seriously consider a stricter amended one?

'Trans Rights' and 'Gay Rights': Someday We'll Be Together Again

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I am heartened by the new focus on gender expression and its significance for gay as well as trans persons, and hopeful that such a focus will force our state and national advocacy organizations to evolve in a manner that will benefit all of us, and in particular the least among us.

Held Hostage, and the Need to Encourage Dissent and Debate

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The leaders of the national trans and LGBT organizations have too frequently arrogated unto themselves the decision making on issues of critical import. They act with absolute authority, based on their organizational positions, with few mechanisms for community input and debate.

Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Transgender Americans are protected against discrimination in employment in all 50 states under federal law. There, I said it. Our gay and trans organizations have been, at best, burying the lede, and at worst, remaining silent and even misrepresenting the current legal state of affairs.

Celebrity Summer in Transdom

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

When most of the media refused to recognize Pfc. Manning as a woman, there was an outpouring of criticism of that action. Subsequently, both the Associated Press and The New York Times decided to violate their previous editorial policies. Here's the problem.

LGBT Legal Progress: 1988 - 2038

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Much of the progress towards freedom and equality occurs in legislatures and courts, making a legal education a necessity. This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 25th anniversary conference of Lavender Law in San Francisco.

Another Historic Week for Trans Civil Rights

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

First, the Senate committee overseeing ENDA passed the bill to the floor of the Senate without amendment. Then Mia Macy won a judgment from the DOJ in Macy v. Holder, and a settlement was reached in another trans discrimination case, this time at a private employer in Maryland.

ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) Redux: Its History and Importance for All of Us

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Just as we aren't satisfied with protections at one level of government, and keep pushing for state and local protections in addition to federal protections, adding more explicit federal protections can only help the trans community cement its protections.

A Remarkable Year for Transgender Civil Rights

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The "baker's dozen" of 2012 -- the most incredible 13 months in transgender (as well as LGBT) civil rights history, began on Dec 6, 2011, with two remarkable events.