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Trans Law Help Wisconsin

About Trans Law Help Wisconsin

The attorneys at Trans Law Help Wisconsin

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Trans Law Help Wisconsin is a legal aid clinic staffed by volunteer attorneys. We provide assistance to the transgender community by helping individuals obtain corrected identity documents (birth certificates, driver’s licenses, passports, etc.) reflecting their authentic name and gender. At the clinic, participants will receive necessary information about the process for obtaining a name and a gender marker change as well as hands-on assistance with completing the required forms.

WI State Bar Innovator 2018

We were named a 2018 Wisconsin Legal Innovator!

Upcoming Clinics

Our next clinic is coming up on October 20, 2018! This clinic will be held at GHC Capitol Clinic at 675 W. Washington Ave from 1-3 pm.

Location

GHC Capitol Clinic

Address

675 West Washington Ave.

Madison WI 53703

Date

Saturday, October 20

Time

1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Events

Please join us for a fun evening to support the work of Trans Law Help Wisconsin!

Thursday, November 1, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Old Sugar Distillery, 931 East Main Street, Madison

Your support will allow us to continue and expand the services that we provide to the transgender community in Madison and beyond. At the event, we’ll provide light snacks, music, raffle prizes and good company. Suggested donation of $5.00 at the door. Drinks (soda and cocktails) will be available for purchase from the venue. Please RSVP and let us know you will be coming! Then, invite your friends!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We hope to see you there.

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In the Media

November 2018

We were named one of Wisconsin’s 2018 legal innovators by the State Bar of Wisconsin!

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May 2018

Trans Law Help WI was featured in Our Lives, Madison’s LGBT magazine!

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Resources

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Trump Administration Proposes to Define the Term “Sex” Under Federal Law

A memo obtained by the New York Times outlines the Trump Administration’s proposal to define the term “sex” under Title IX. The Trump Administration is considering a proposal to that would narrowly define “sex” under Title IX as “either male or female, unchangeable and determined by the genitals that a person is born with.”

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in any education program or activity on the basis of one’s sex. Covered institutions – such as schools – are prohibited, among other things, from subjecting “any person to separate or different rules of behavior, sanctions, or other treatment” on the basis of sex.” The law currently, though, does not define the term “sex.” Numerous federal courts have interpreted Title IX’s prohibition against sex discrimination to include discrimination on the basis of gender identity, thereby protecting transgender students from discrimination within educational settings. For example, transgender students within these courts have successfully used Title IX to fight school district policies that prohibit them from using bathrooms and/or locker rooms that align with their gender identities.

If the Trump Administration adopts this narrow definition of “sex,” the use of this definition could extend to other federal civil rights laws as well; thus eliminating protections under federal law for transgender persons. Additionally, this narrow definition, if adopted, would likely create some confusion, and possibly some harm, around the process of changing gender markers on identity documents (especially with federal documents).

The Trump Administration has yet to formally propose its definition of “sex,” although it is expected to later this year. Once it does, there will be a public comment period, generally around 60 days. After the public comment period ends, the proposed definition would be presented to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for its consideration. If the DOJ determines that the definition is legal, the definition would be approved and enforced within Title IX and possibility other federal laws.

  1. Erica L. Green, Katie Benner & Robert Pear, ‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration, The New York Times, Oct. 21, 2018, available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/21/us/politics/transgender-trump-administration-sex-definition.html.
  2. 34 C.F.R. § 106.31(b)(4).
  3. See, e.g., Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District, 841 F.3d 730 (7th Cir. 2017)
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