Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-10-22
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

ELECTIONS 2014 Guide to the gays ELECTIONS 2014 Guide to the gays
The next primary elections, to be held Nov. 4, 2014, feature a ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Today's Buzz

San Francisco DMV settles civil rights lawsuit with transgender woman
From a news release
2011-08-15

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


San Francisco - Transgender woman and San Francisco resident Amber Yust settled her privacy and civil rights lawsuit with the San Francisco Department of Motor Vehicles. In October 2010, a DMV employee, who had a known history of denying equal service to transgender customers, retained Yust's personal information through his employment at the DMV. The employee then used the information to send her materials condemning her transgender status, and calling for homosexuals to be "put to death."

Yust, through her attorneys Chris Dolan and the Transgender Law Center, filed a lawsuit in December 2010 against the DMV, alleging violating of her rights under the California Information Practices Act and Unruh Civil Rights Act. Yust brought similar claims against the DMV employee, who voluntarily resigned from his position with the DMV shortly after the incident.

The matter resolved with the State of California for $40,000, and with the former DMV employee for $15,000. As a part of the settlement, the DMV agreed to work with the Transgender Law Center in an effort to incorporate transgender sensitivity into its ongoing employee training.

Dolan said, "this suit affirms the right of all people to equal access to government services, regardless of their orientation or decision to make a transition to live life as their full and complete self. In the big picture, this suit promotes the privacy rights of all Californians by ensuring that confidential information retained by our government stays confidential."

Kristina Wertz, legal director of the Transgender Law Center said "All Californians have the right to do something as simple as going to the DMV without fear of harassment and threats of violence. What happened to Amber reminds us that for transgender people, our state's promise of equal treatment is often unfulfilled. The case serves as a reminder to all businesses that nobody should be treated differently simply because of who they are."

This settlement comes in the wake of another legal milestone for transgender civil rights. The Dolan Law Firm, a prominent leader in LGBT rights, represented Lana Lawless in her suit against the Ladies Professional Golf Association for denying her the right to compete based on her transgender status. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the LPGA removed its longstanding "female at birth" requirement, which precluded transgender women from participating in the organization. Lawless' case against the LPGA was resolved to the mutual satisfaction of all parties.

The discrimination that transgender and gender non-conforming people face is life threatening. It affects their physical and economic security by denying them opportunities in everything from basic health care to gainful employment. The Transgender Law Center is changing the law and transforming the legal system to allow us all to be who we are.

###

The Transgender Law Center is at the heart of a movement of transgender people, our families and our allies who recognize that our struggles for equality and authentic self-expression are all connected and related. TLC fights tenaciously for the physical, emotional and financial wellbeing of transgender and gender non-conforming people through trailblazing projects that transcend traditional lines of service and advocacy. By working for and with transgender people and our allies to change laws, policies and attitudes, the Transgender Law Center makes it possible for all of us to be who we are and live safe and fulfilling lives. www.transgenderlawcenter.org .


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.

Cuomo's AIDS task force; 'drag queen' comment; Jazz Jennings 2014-10-21
White House addressing intersection of HIV/AIDS, violence with women, girls 2014-10-21
ExxonMobil faces complaint alleging anti-LGBT hiring bias 2014-10-21
Cece McDonald speaks at UChicago of the trans revolution 2014-10-18
NY Appeals Court holds hearing on Lateisha Green hate crime conviction 2014-10-15
Trans musician to appear at documentary screening 2014-10-15
Trans entrepreneur Kinley Preston lives her truth 2014-10-15
Jennifer Hudson and HRC; Transparent; Annie Lennox on Beyonce 2014-10-14
ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Workplace fairness 2014-10-14
TALK TO THE DOC Trans people and hormone therapy 2014-10-14
Laverne Cox talks about 'The T Word' 2014-10-13
Rogers Park trans woman alleges landlord discrimination 2014-10-12
HRC calls for action and protection of transgender women 2014-10-10
Guerrilla Queer Bar co-founders criticize new incarnation 2014-10-08
Marriage article in state bar journal 2014-10-08
'Do Ask, Do Tell' symposium features Kristin Beck 2014-10-08
Chicago House Speaker Series to tackle LGBTQ poverty 2014-10-08
News notes: Local entertainment, events 2014-10-08
Influential LGBTs in media; marriage news; anti-trans ad 2014-10-07
Census Bureau names new Nat'l Advisory Committee members 2014-10-06
Missouri judge agrees with same-sex couples 2014-10-04
CARS brings STI testing to young women, transwomen of color 2014-10-01
Report: Laws create financial penalties for LGBT Americans 2014-10-01
Forward-toward male volunteer Lenny Earl: fests, transition 2014-10-01
One night in the area of Austin 2014-10-01
Precious Davis reflects on Center, excited for Columbia 2014-09-30
World news: Gay Times' icons; Russia court upholds LGBT ban 2014-09-30
CA governor signs bill banning use of panic defenses 2014-09-28
Strict ID laws could hinder trans voters 2014-09-27
Transman to open restaurant in Rogers Park 2014-09-27
UN Human Rights Council votes to support LGBT rights 2014-09-26
EEOC sues in two cases of discrimination against trans* people 2014-09-25
Illinois Safe Schools, CPS collaborating on trans* policy 2014-09-24
A tale of two murders: Connected or not? 2014-09-24
Ben & Jerry's stand; Mary Cheney's case; Chelsea Manning 2014-09-23
MTV, LOGO TV to premiere "Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word" 2014-09-18
Director talks dynamics of trans-focused film 'Boy Meets Girl' 2014-09-17
Deidre McCloskey on family and trans* battles to be won 2014-09-17
Mother of Eisha Love: Heartbreak and courage 2014-09-17
Trans* woman claims self-defense in case 2014-09-17





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
the online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Sophia Bush on 'Chicago P.D.' and being an LGBT ally
 
Aon, KPMG hold pro-LGBT event
 
Gay in the Life: Justin Romme
 
Dining news: "Dinner Party" Oct. 27; Cicchetti closes
 
BENT NIGHTS Xina Xurner;'Shame That Tune'; Asgeir
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now








  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.