Trans Advocacy Project

Do You Really Know Michigan's Trans Community?

Do You Really Know Michigan's Trans Community?

2016-06-26 00:00:00

The number of Americans who say they know a transgender person is on the rise but, “knowing” a transgender person and being familiar with their lives and the challenges transgender people face every day are two vastly different things. To make that difference tangible to non-transgender people and especially to those who make policy and report about us in the news, transgender people must effectively engage with lawmakers, the media and the public around them.

After Court Loss, Funeral Home Claims Religion Justifies Firing Transgender Woman

After Court Loss, Funeral Home Claims Religion Justifies Firing Transgender Woman

2016-05-09 00:00:00

For decades transgender people have been fired or turned away from jobs just because of who they are. Courts and federal agencies are finally starting to recognize this for what it is — illegal sex discrimination — and they’re holding employers accountable.

To Understand Transgender People, Let Them Tell their Stories

To Understand Transgender People, Let Them Tell their Stories

2016-04-12 00:00:00

When I began writing a series of stories chronicling the lives of transgender people, my goal was to help educate the public. Yet I’m learning just as much in the process.

It’s humbling how willing these people have been to share their deeply personal stories, but not necessarily surprising. After all, coming out as transgender — which means living as your authentic self, regardless of the gender you’re assigned at birth — requires an enormous amount of honesty and courage.

As Visibility for Trans People Increases, So Does Fear

As Visibility for Trans People Increases, So Does Fear

2016-04-09 00:00:00

It’s no secret that transgender people are becoming more visible on a national stage. There’s actress Laverne Cox, reality star Caitlyn Jenner, and even shows like "Transparent" that try with honest intentions to shine some much-needed light on the issues that affect the trans community the most. These are all good things, of course. 

Lansing Watchdog: Navigating the Lobbyist Road Map

Lansing Watchdog: Navigating the Lobbyist Road Map

2016-04-06 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – April 7, 2016

With the state legislature on a two-week spring break, it’s an opportune time to talk about other avenues of lobbying around which the ACLU of Michigan organizes our policy efforts. Having support from elected House and Senate members is crucial to passing legislation that furthers our policy goals, and gaining that support often looks much more like a road map than simply checking off a list of supportive legislators.

Michigan Transgender Advocacy Project is Working

Michigan Transgender Advocacy Project is Working

2016-02-01 00:00:00

The Transgender Advocacy Project was conceived from a very simple premise: Transgender people’s voices are critical to moving the entire equality movement forward in a post-marriage equality America. And it’s working.

Next month, some 25 transgender Michiganders and allies will complete the first Advocacy University program. They have engaged in a six-month, intensive education program designed to impart sophisticated advocacy skills and a real-world perspective on the challenges of moving pro-active transgender inclusive policy forward.

Love v. Johnson Marks ACLU of Michigan's Fight Against Discriminatory State ID Policy

Love v. Johnson Marks ACLU of Michigan's Fight Against Discriminatory State ID Policy

2015-11-03 00:00:00

Today at 2 p.m., this Wednesday Nov. 4, 2015, I'll be sitting in federal Judge Nancy Edmond's court—room 858, located at 231 W. Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Detroit—watching the ACLU of Michigan, in partnership with the ACLU National, argue one of Michigan's most important LGBT cases in history—Love v. Johnson

Transgender Advocacy Project Aims to Amplify Voices of Everyday Transgender People

Transgender Advocacy Project Aims to Amplify Voices of Everyday Transgender People

2015-07-14 00:00:00

Marriage equality came to the U.S. when the Supreme Court handed down the Obergefell v Hodges decision. This ruling was the culmination of decades of effort by lesbian, gay and bisexual communities to be viewed with equal dignity and respect by our society. That victory didn’t come without first winning the hearts and minds of more than 60 percent of the American public.

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