Transgender People and Marriage

Now that "same-sex" marriage has been in the headlines recently with the Prop 8 and DOMA cases before the United States Supreme Court, transgender people in states that do not have full marriage equality may have renewed questions regarding transgender people and marriage.

The following resources may be helpful to couples where one or both of them are transgender and they are considering getting married or are already married, and where one or both may be in the process of or completing their transition.

"Transgender People and the Federal Marriage Amendment, Frequently Asked Questions."  Published by Transgender Law Center, Transgender Law and Policy Institute, and National Center for Transgender Equality.  (All of these three groups have excellent resources on their respective website.)

"Transgender People and Marriage: The Importance of Legal Planning" by Shannon Minter, 2002.

"Protecting Transgender Families: Strategies for Advocates" by Taylor Flynn, 2003.

"Why Marriage Matters to Transgender Persons" by Freedom To Marry.

"Representing Transsexual Clients: Selected Legal Issues" by Shannon Minter, 2003.

Kantaras v. Kantaras, Florida, 2002-2005.

The Transgender Rights Toolkit from Lambda Legal includes a document titled Transgender People and Marriage Laws, updated 12/2012.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) published in 2012 the book Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy. It is available in print and digital editions for mobile devices.

Lauro Law, PLLC's Post-Election 2016 Pledge: Persevere to Protect LGBT Community

November 9, 2016

Since 2007, when I co-founded Bowen Lambda, the LGBT law student group at the Bowen school of Law in Little Rock, and subsequently opened my law practice in 2009, I have dedicated my efforts to supporting the LGBT community, advocating for LGBT legal rights and protection of LGBT families. We have made a lot of progress, former clients and talented colleagues have joined the battle for equality, and I have been privileged to make new friends whom I now call family. But with the election of a firmly dedicated anti-LGBT rights administration, I fear for the future, for our future.  I pledge to continue using my law practice to fight to protect LGBT people, the queer community, and all of our families. We cannot go back. We must go forward together!

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Transgender Student’s Case

(Washington, D.C. – October 28, 2016) — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to take up the case of a Virginia student, Gavin Grimm, who has been singled out to use a separate bathroom from his peers just because he is transgender.

Read the Full Article at Transgender Law Center

Transgender Homicides Hit National Record With Virginia Killing

November 11, 2016

Detectives are investigating the death of a transgender woman who was found critically wounded early Sunday on the south side of Richmond, Va., and later died.

Noonie Norwood, 30, was found early Sunday morning when Richmond police responded to a reported shooting.

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs said the killing pushes the number of transgender homicides to a record level. Norwood’s death is the 23rd transgender homicide this year. Last year, 22 transgender homicides were reported.

Read the Full Article at Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch

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