Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Trans woman suing Ga. legislature will testify before Congress [SoVo]

Trans woman suing Ga. legislature will testify before Congress

Vandy Beth Glenn to share story of being fired at ENDA hearing
Vandy Beth Glenn, a transgender woman who sued leaders of the Georgia General Assembly in federal court after she was fired from her job as a legislative editor, will testify tomorrow at a hearing for the Employment Nondiscrimination Act before a U.S. House of Representatives committee.

Glenn filed the lawsuit filed July 22, 2008, and is represented by gay and transgender legal group Lambda Legal. The suit names Georgia Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram); President Pro-Tem of the Senate Eric Johnson (R-Savannah); Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle; Glenn’s supervisor, Robyn Underwood; and General Assembly Legislative Council Sewell Brumby.

The court denied the government’s motion to dismiss in June 2009. The suit is filed in U.S. District Court andclaims the state violated the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing equal protection, in part because firing Glenn disregarded her need to undergo gender transition as part of necessary medical treatment.

Lambda Legal filed a motion for summary judgment Monday asking the court to decide the case without trial....

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