DENVER — Lambda Legal filed a brief in the U.S. Appeals Court for the Tenth District to uphold a lower court’s ruling for the U.S. State Department to issue an accurate passport to a non-binary veteran. Dana Zzyym, a U.S. Navy veteran who is intersex and nonbinary and does not identify as male or female, was denied a pass port because they couldn’t accurately choose male or female on the passport application. The form didn’t provide any other options. Lambda Legal said in a press release that Zzyym was one of the first Colorado residents to get a driver’s license with a gender neutral marker. “It makes no sense that the State Department would insist that a passport applicant be untruthful, much less deny a vital travel and identity document solely based on an applicant’s gender,” Lambda Legal Counsel Paul Castillo said.
CHICAGO — The Transformative Justice Law Project’s next Name Change Mobilization is on Friday, May 31. From the Facebook event:
Our Name Change Mobilization occurs on the last Friday of every month at the Daley Center (50 W. Washington). At the Mobilization, volunteers will assist Cook County residents with filling out the documents required for a name change, and for those who are financially eligible, volunteers will assist participants in filing for a fee waiver. To receive assistance from TJLP at this event you must reside in Cook County and be a resident of Illinois for at least six months. On the day you file you will receive a court date for a hearing that will take place about 8 weeks from the date you file.
OAK PARK — The Transformative Justice Law Project will be holding another name change workshop on Feb. 19 in Oak Park. From the Facebook event:
Learn how to change your legal name during this workshop for transgender and gender-nonconforming folks on Tuesday, February 19, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Main Library Storytime Room. An attorney from the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois will lead this workshop as part of the project’s long-term goal of gender self-determination for all, free of government limitation. Bring your questions, get some resources, and get prepared to participate in a Name Change Mobilization, which takes place on the last Friday of every month, 9 am to 3 pm, in room 1202 of the Daley Center, located at 50 W. Washington in Chicago.
CHICAGO — The Transformative Justice Law Project will be holding a name change mobilization at the Daley Center in Chicago on Jan. 25. From the Facebook event:
Trans/Gender Affirming Name Change Mobilization
When: Friday, January 25, 2018
Time: 9am – 3pm
Where: Richard J. Daley Center
50 W. Washington Room 1202
Our Name Change Mobilization occurs on the last Friday of every month at the Daley Center (50 W. Washington). At the Mobilization, volunteers will assist Cook County residents with filling out the documents required for a name change, and for those who are financially eligible, volunteers will assist participants in filing for a fee waiver. To receive assistance from TJLP at this event you must reside in Cook County and be a resident of Illinois for at least six months.
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against a bed-and-breakfast for not complying with an order that found they had discriminated against a gay couple. TV station FOX 55/27 reported Tuesday that the company, Walder Vacuflo Inc. doing business as TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast, had not paid damages to a gay couple after the Illinois Human Rights Commission had determined there had been discrimination in refusing to host a civil union ceremoney. From FOX 55/27:
In 2015, a judge found the company discriminated against the couple, Todd and Mark Wathen. As part of the decision, Walder Vacuflo was ordered to pay the Wathens $15,000 each in damages, $50,000 in attorneys’ fees, and more than $1,200 in additional costs. Walder Vacuflo was also ordered to cease and desist from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and to allow the Wathens to celebrate their civil union at TimberCreek within one year of the of the IHRC’s final decision.
SCHAUMBURG — A Naperville man this week sued his former Schaumburg-based recuiter and Elgin-based employer for revealing his HIV status and later firing him. From the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights:
A 34-year-old Naperville man identified in court records as John Doe seeks damages from Medela of Elgin and the owner of Gotham Professional Services in Schaumburg in a lawsuit filed in Kane County last month. The suit argues Doe’s civil rights were breached and the two companies violated the AIDS Confidentiality Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act and the state’s Human Rights Act. According to the suit, Doe was hired in March 2017 and placed by Gotham at Medela, which makes and sells breast-feeding products. That April, while completing an application for a permanent position, Doe disclosed to his supervisor he had a disability because he was HIV-positive, according to the suit.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Today Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit challenging Kansas’s refusal to correct the gender marker on Kansas birth certificates for transgender individuals. Kansas is one of just three states, along with Tennessee and Ohio, which has yet to change this extremely regressive and outdated policy. “By not allowing transgender people like me to correct our birth certificates, the state complicates every aspect of our lives,” said plaintiff Luc Bensimon, a 46-year-old resident of Topeka, Kansas. “Having to present a birth certificate that incorrectly identifies me as female makes it easier for people to discriminate against me based on my gender identity, on top of the discrimination I already confront based on my disability.” added Bensimon, who suffers from a mild form of cerebral palsy.