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1/4/2018

Washington State just took a groundbreaking step toward equality for transgender and gender non-conforming folks! The state Department of Health issued a new rule that makes it easier for you to change the gender marker on your Washington birth certificate.
 
Even better, starting on January 27th, Washingtonians will be able to change their gender marker to male, female, or X, which represents a gender that is not exclusively male or female (such as intersex, agender, genderfluid, genderqueer, t...

12/5/2017

You've likely heard a lot about cake today. That's because the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case this morning involving a same-sex couple and a Christian baker who refused to sell them a wedding cake.

In short, the baker asserts that his refusal to make the couple's cake is protected by his rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Or, even shorter: that his religious freedom translates into the right to discriminate.

Because, truly, this is what discrimination looks like. The baker's iss...

12/1/2017

Great news! The Washington Department of Health has proposed a new rule to make it easier for a person to change the gender listed on their birth certificate. It also creates a gender marker in addition to male or female. If the rule is approved, you could change your gender marker to X, which represents a gender that is not exclusively male or female (such as intersex, agender, genderfluid, genderqueer, Two Spirit, non-binary, and more).

Currently, state law requires either a court order or a do...

6/5/2017

Happy Pride Month! We have so much to celebrate: pride in our identities, pride in our community, and pride in all that we've accomplished together.

Here is a sampling of the great events happening in the Northwest:

Volunteer Park Pride Festival

Saturday, June 10, 12-7pm

Seattle, WA

Seattle Pride March
Sunday, June 11, 11am - 4pm

Seattle, WA

OutSpokane Festival

Saturday, June 10, from noon-10pm

Spokane, WA

Big Sky Pride Fest

Saturday, June 17, 1-6pm

Billings, MT

Boise Pridefest

Saturday, June 17, noon-4pm

Bois...

5/4/2017

Yesterday we told you of our plans to challenge President Trump's Executive Order if it sanctioned discrimination against women, LGBTQ people, and religious minorities. And we weren't the only ones with plans to do so. We were part of a broad and powerful opposition that was ready to fight - and that was too much of a threat.

This morning, Trump signed a "religious freedom" order that takes a significant step back from the version that leaked in February. However, though the revised order doesn't...

5/3/2017

This is big.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign a sweeping Executive Order tomorrow that would allow people and organizations claiming religious objections to discriminate against women, LGBTQ people, and religious minorities. And if it looks like what we expect, we're going to fight it.

That's right. We're gearing up to sue the Trump Administration.

Legal Voice has long been a leader in demanding equality in health care, employment, and public accommodations, and in fighting the use of rel...

4/26/2017

As transgender people's dignity and safety continue to be threatened across the country—including in Washington State—we must be vigilant to uphold the legal protections we have fought so hard to win. That's why I'm thrilled to give you a final update about our advocacy for Jasmine.
 
You may recall Jasmine, who alleged that she was turned away from donating at CSL Plasma in Kent, Washington, in 2014 because she is transgender. Jasmine also alleged that she was told the company had placed a "lif...

4/6/2017

We just won justice for our client Rachelle Black! This morning, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously stood with Rachelle and affirmed what we believed all along: that the trial court disfavored Rachelle because of her sexual orientation.

You may remember Rachelle's story: she filed for divorce from her husband after coming out as a lesbian. When creating a parenting plan for the couple's three children, the trial court gave primary custody of the kids to their father, despite the fact that R...

9/7/2016

For two years, Legal Voice has advocated for Rachelle Black, a mother of three who filed for divorce from her husband after realizing that she is a lesbian. The court in her divorce case not only gave primary custody of the children to the father—despite the fact that Rachelle had been a stay-at-home parent for her children's entire lives—but it also restricted her from discussing religion, homosexuality, or "other alternative lifestyle concepts" with her children. She couldn't even bring her pa...

3/11/2016

Rachelle Black filed for divorce from her husband after realizing that she is a lesbian. Shockingly, the trial court in her divorce case restricted Rachelle from discussing religion, homosexuality, or other "alternative lifestyle concepts" with her children, and from having her partner present without specific approval from the children's therapist.

The court also gave primary custody of the children to the father, despite the fact that Rachelle had been a stay-at-home mother for her children's e...

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