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    Sept 6
    1998




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    TG Attorneys Present Workshop to
    American Bar Association

    Excerpts of an August 6th message from Phyllis Frye.

    On Monday, August 3rd, three out and open transgender attorneys presented a legal workshop at the annual convention of the American Bar Association (ABA) held in Toronto, Canada. The workshop was entitled, "Transgender 101: A Primer for the Practitioner with a Transgender Client."

    Speakers were as follows:

    • Melinda Whiteway, Esq., Director of NLGLA and also of ICTLEP, melindamw@aol.com, from Santa Cruz, California
    • Phyllis Randolph Frye, Esq., Director of NLGLA and also of ICTLEP, prfrye@aol.com, from Houston, Texas
    • Sharon Stuart, Executive Director of ICTLEP, ictlephdq@aol.com, from Cooperstown, New York
    • Also invited but unable to attend because of last minute trial scheduling problems were Shannon Minter and Sarah Douglas.

    The workshop was well attended and well received. Attorney Whiteway began by explaining who transgenders are, destroying stereotypes, handling surgical and non-surgical legal concerns and telling her story as a post-surgical transgender. Attorney Frye continued with tips for the practitioner in the areas of document changes, employment considerations, office consultation, in-court presentation, cutting edge areas and finished by telling her story as a non-surgical transgender. Ms. Stuart went through the "Gender Bill Of Rights", explained the new Legal Referral and Information Service and told her story as being a bi-gendered transgender. The full text of the program outline is printed below.

    This workshop was sponsored by the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities (IRR) of the ABA and by the ABA affiliated organization, National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA). The IRR Section has a Committee on the Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men which met on Sunday morning at the ABA Convention. The IRR Section is finalizing a report on family law issues for lesbians and gays and has agreed to list offered transgender footnotes as an initial way to get transgender into these arenas.

    NLGLA is the only queer law organization officially affiliated with the ABA. As such the NLGLA has a voting representative -- currently Mark Agrast -- in the House of Delegates from which all ABA action flows. The next time the ABA makes a positive pronouncement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal issues, or the next time ABA refuses a negative pronouncement on LGBT legal issues, know that the NLGLA through Mark Agrast was involved directly in those efforts.

    The NLGLA also sponsors the annual Lavender Law Conference which will be in Boston on October 15-17. [See this Community Notice] This is the only annual law conference specifically on LGBT legal issues. This year it is also endorsed by the Transgender Law Conference (aka ICTLEP).

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    Full text of the program outline:

    The workshop synopsis is as follows: "Your new or long established client announces to you that she or he is transgendered. Is your client FTM or MTF, CD or TS, and if TS is she or he pre- non- or post-? What do all of those abbreviations mean? What pronoun do you use? Can your initial phone calls and your body language cause you to lose your client or to lose your case or can they be used by you to seize an advantage when you present your client to the opposing counsel, to the judge and then to the jury during voir dire? Is your strategy involving your transgendered client different from your routine strategy in your legal practice?"

    Some of the basic transgender legal issues are as follows:

    • Can an employer force a transgendered employee to use the restroom that is twelve flights down, in the office building's lobby or in another building?
    • Can a crossdresser force an employer to accommodate sequins and five inch heels at the office?
    • If both women and men are currently in most branches of the military, can a non-homosexual, completed transsexual woman or man enter or remain in the military?
    • Can a court correct the birth certificate without first having to coerce your client into completing genital surgery that your client is not yet certain of or cannot yet afford?
    • In an originally legal, bi-genital marriage, where one spouse then completes transsexual alteration and both parties wish to remain married, which spouse do you set as the petitioner in your suit to retrieve denied benefits of that legal same-sex marriage?
    • If a state or country will not alter a birth certificate even after genital surgery, can the now female-genitaled legal-male force the state or country to allow her to marry a female-genitaled legal-female for a legal but same- genitaled marriage?
    • Is having a mother now as a father or is having a grandfather now as a grandmother in the best interest of the child or grandchild?
    • If your client is jailed or imprisoned, should your client be punished in ways that are "extra" over and above the sentence imposed? Which jail do they go to?
    • Hundreds of such nuances permeate the many legal disciplines and will be litigated in the coming decade.

    Some links from Phyllis --

    If you wish to join the ABA and the IRR Section, go to http://www.abanet.org. If you wish to join NLGLA or attend the Lavender Law Conference in October, go to http://www.nlgla.org. If you wish more information on the Transgender Law Conference and its Legal Referral Information Service, contact its office at ictlephdq@aol.com.


     
     




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    British Prisoner to Have Sex Change

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    NewsPlanet Staff
    Thursday, August 13, 1998

    Summary: Britain's 1st sex change in custody. . .

    British prisoner John Pilley, serving a life term for attempted murder, will be moved from a men's to a women's facility after he undergoes a sex change operation within the next six weeks, according to the "London Times."

    Although officials say that prisoners are covered by the National Health Service and have no additional requirements to qualify for sex reassignment, Pilley is believed to be the first to undergo the surgery while in custody. Guards will stand by during his stay in a private clinic, except while the operation is actually in process. Pilley has had months of counseling, has been cross-dressing in his cell, and will be known as Jane following the surgery.


     
     




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