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Transgender Rights Project

Transgender Rights Project

Learn about our publication Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy - a groundbreaking legal resource for attorneys and transgender people.

Latest Transgender Rights Project NewsMore→

December 16, 2014

GLAD Appalled by Appeals Court Ruling that Dept. of Corrections Can Deny Care to Transgender Woman

The full First Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed an earlier ruling that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide Michelle Kosilek, an … Read More →

November 11, 2014

GLAD Appoints Janson Wu, GLAD Deputy Director and Senior Staff Attorney, as New Executive Director

Janson Wu, deputy director and senior staff attorney for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been appointed the organization’s new … Read More →

Latest Transgender Rights Project Blog PostsMore→

December 8, 2014

Dream Big in 2015

What are our big dreams for 2015?  It’s all about creating a world in which we are not just accepted, but celebrated. 

November 24, 2014

LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Resources

I aspire to a day when suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts are no longer prevalent among LGBTQ youth. We are not there now, so I am glad we have … Read More →

Project Director

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Jennifer Levi

Jennifer L. Levi is the director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender legal issues. She co-edited Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, the first book to address legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context and provide practitioners the tools to effectively represent transgender clients.

Jennifer has served as counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases establishing basic rights for transgender people, including: O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal … Read More →


Related Cases

Pending

In re Jane Doe

GLAD submitted an amicus brief along with the ACLU in a case in which the state seeks to transfer a transgender girl from a youth juvenile justice … Read More →

Pending

Kosilek v. Spencer

Update, December 16, 2014 - The full First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the earlier ruling that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide … Read More →

Victory • 2014

Bradford v. Group Insurance Commission

Update November 14, 2014 - Victory! This matter has been settled and Bradford will now be able to receive coverage for gender reassignment surgery.

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Victory • 2014

In re Rikki Bates

GLAD represents Rikki in her appeal to MassHealth after they denied her request for coverage of transition-related care.  We were awaiting the … Read More →

Victory • 2014

Doe v. Clenchy

January 30, 2014 - Victory! Maine High Court rules  that denying a transgender girl the use of the girls' restroom at her school violated her rights … Read More →

Loss • 2012

CHRO and Dana Peterson v. City of Hartford

Update The Connecticut Appeals Court sided with the City of Hartford, ruling on September 18, 2012, that the trial court improperly reversed the … Read More →

Settled • 2011

Adams v. Bureau of Prisons

Update: September 30, 2011

A settlement was announced September 30, 2011 in the case of Vanessa Adams, a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmate at … Read More →

Settled • 2011

Freeman v. Denny’s

GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project and Realty Resources Hospitality, which operates six Denny’s restaurants throughout Maine, are pleased to announce … Read More →

Victory • 2010

In re A.M.B.

GLAD filed an amicus brief with the Maine high court in support of a trangender man who was denied a name change by Cumberland County Probate court.  … Read More →

Victory • 2010

O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Victory! On February 2, 2010, the U.S. Tax Court issued an important decision in O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, ruling for the … Read More →

Settled • 2006

Blanchette v. Saint Anselm College

In June 2005, GLAD filed a lawsuit in U. S. District Court in New Hampshire on behalf of a transgender woman in New Hampshire who was fired from her … Read More →

Victory • 2004

Barreto-Neto v. Town of Hardwick Police Department

GLAD worked with a police officer in the Town of Hardwick, Vermont, in Northern Vermont who was terminated from the police department when the Town … Read More →

Victory • 2001

Jette v. Honey Farms

One of two landmark rulings issued in October 2001, in which the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination drew on GLAD legal analysis to rule … Read More →

Victory • 2001

Millett v. Lutco

One of two landmark rulings issued in October 2001, in which the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination drew from GLAD legal analysis to … Read More →

Victory • 2000

Rosa v. Park West Bank

In a precedent-setting decision with major implications for the business community, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit … Read More →

Victory • 2000

Beger v. Division of Medical Assistance

In this case, a Superior Court in Suffolk County ordered the state of Massachusetts to pay for a surgical procedure it had denied to a transsexual … Read More →

Victory • 2000

In re John/Jane Doe

In November 2000, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) issued a landmark ruling stating that all transgender people … Read More →

Victory • 2000

Doe v. Yunits

GLAD obtained a landmark ruling, in the first reported decision ever in a case brought by a transgender student, that a middle school may not … Read More →