2014: A Transgender Year in Review, Part 1

The BILERICO Project
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2014 was, on balance, a very good year for transgender people in America.

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As a trans activist there was much to celebrate for our movement and even the most negative happenings gave hope for a silver lining and future progress. Personally, there was an embarrassment of riches in recognition and awards that give me an added incentive and I hope an incentive for other transgender people, especially our younger activists to keep pushing for equality and societal respect in a bold yet measured and responsible way.

In Part 1, I will concentrate on events on a national level that affected transgender equality.

In April, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) issued guidance which makes clear that the federal Title IX law prohibits discrimination against transgender students. The guidance, from the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), states:

"Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity and OCR accepts such complaints for investigation."

This announcement was a huge breakthrough for transgender students and made it clear that they can seek protection from the DOE and the courts if the schools fail in their responsibility to ensure that they are safe and respected. (Recent research indicates that 4 out of 5 transgender students feel unsafe at school).

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