Far too often, conversations about transgender and gender non-conforming people focus squarely on prevailing discrimination and hateful speech, with not very much acknowledgment of the unwavering pride and perseverance this community so often displays. In 2009, a transgender activist named Rachel Crandall decided that was the wrong approach, and founded International Transgender Day of Visibility to celebrate the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming people around the world while continuing to fight transphobia through education and activism. Since then, March 31 has been a day to...Read More
On January 31, 2017, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. His confirmation hearing has been set to begin on March 20, 2017.
In response to this nomination, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the RAC, shared these concerns: “While the confirmation proceedings are an important opportunity to evaluate the nominee's fitness for the high office to which they have been nominated, we are greatly troubled by Judge Gorsuch’s record, which suggests that he may not have the attributes and values a nominee...Read More
In a major setback in the fight for transgender equality, the Supreme Court announced on March 6, 2017 that it will not hear oral arguments for Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., a case involving the right of transgender high school students to use the bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
The court was originally scheduled to hear oral arguments for the case on March 28, but after President Trump rescinded the trans inclusion guidance issued by the previous administration, the case was sent back to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for...Read More
There has been a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court for over a year – the longest in history. President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia in March 2016, but the Senate refused to schedule a hearing for the nomination, let alone a vote. After 293 days of inaction, Judge Garland’s nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the beginning of the 115th Congress. Judge Garland now holds the record for longest time between a nomination and a vote. It was previously held by Justice Louis...Read More
On February 10, the Trump administration rescinded the government’s objections to a 2016 injunction that blocked implementation of the Obama administration’s transgender inclusion guidance for public schools. The guidance, released in May 2016 by the Department of Education and the Department of Justice, aimed to ensure public schools be inclusive and welcoming of transgender and gender non-conforming students. This change in policy by the Trump administration does not change the situation for transgender students in public schools, as a federal judge had already placed a hold on the...Read More
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