Transgender Advocacy Project

Hunter: Our Dreams and Our Identities Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Hunter: Our Dreams and Our Identities Are Not Mutually Exclusive

2016-08-02 00:00:00

It isn’t really about bathrooms, is it?

Of course it isn’t.

It’s not really even about transgender people. It’s about people being different. Those of us who are fortunate enough to do civil liberty and social justice work have always known that. But, to many Americans who don’t know a transgender or gender nonconforming person, the fearful and exclusionary rhetoric about gender identity obscures the truth: Transgender Americans are just like them.

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.

ACLU of Michigan Responds to Backlash Against Proposed School Guidelines

ACLU of Michigan Responds to Backlash Against Proposed School Guidelines

2016-03-24 00:00:00

Amy Hunter, Coordinator of the ACLU Transgender Advocacy Project, today issued the following statement addressing the State of Michigan Board of Education Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students.

We strongly urge that the Michigan Department of Education adopt in full the draft guidelines from the State Board of Education and that local school districts statewide implement them.

Accurate ID For Trans Community Is Step Toward Transition

Accurate ID For Trans Community Is Step Toward Transition

2015-11-19 00:00:00

Imagine waking up in the body of the opposite sex.

For some people this could be a fun exercise, a chance to trade places with your wife or husband and see the world through a new lens. But what if your gender—the ingrained qualities and characteristics that tells you from birth that you're meant to be male or female—leaves you shut out from this new world view?

Suddenly, pretending to be the opposite sex seems extremely difficult. And when you are a transgender person forced to live as the wrong gender every day, it can be torture.

Michigan's Transgender Community Should Take the Lead in Equality

Michigan's Transgender Community Should Take the Lead in Equality

2015-10-26 00:00:00

There is a famous story about President Franklin D. Roosevelt where in a policy meeting he purportedly said: "Alright Gentlemen, I agree with you, now make me do it."

No one knows for certain if FDR actually spoke those words but the fact this story is so often cited I think illustrates an important truism about politics and social change: Progress does not happen in a vacuum, and politicians do not enact policy just because they think it's a good idea.

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Amy Hunter, Coordinator of the ACLU Transgender Advocacy Project, today issued the following statement addressing the State of Michigan Board of Education...
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