Transgender Individuals and Public Policy: From “Bathroom Bills” to Employee Protection, 2016-2020
The U.S. federal government response in recent years to matters related to transgender rights has skewed against recognition, dignity, and equality. 2016 started with an onslaught of proposed legislation and public policy measures aimed at negating the basic civil rights of transgender individuals in the United States. These developments have endangered both the physical health and mental well-being of the transgender community. Most notably the “bathroom bills,” which became headline news for months, inspired anger from the right and outrage from the left. However, in 2020, a landmark case emerged, Bostock v. Clayton County, in which the Supreme Court held that Title XII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects employees from discrimination based on gender identity (as well as sexual orientation). Given this case, as well as transgender military personnel recently receiving invitations to have a voice in military policy that directly affect them by providing testimony before the House of Representatives, the next four years appear to hold a promise of a better future for the transgender community in relation to the government.
Nash, Tammye. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 33, No. 45, Ed. 1 Friday, March 17, 2017, newspaper, March 17, 2017; Dallas, Texas. (accessed November 11, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.
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Article written by Julie Leuzinger (she/her/hers), Women's and Gender Studies Librarian, with contributions from Coby Condrey (he/him/his), Collection Development Liaison Librarian, and Clark Pomerleau (he/him/his), Associate Professor, Department of History.
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