Blogs by Dani Heffernan, Media Strategist at GLAAD
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Meggan Sommerville, a 16-year employee of the company's store in Aurora, filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) in April 2011 alleging discrimination in employment and in public accommodation, and her lawsuit is still pending.
A suspect in the murder of trans woman Tiffany Edwards in Cincinnati turned himself in to police on Wednesday morning. Quamar Edwards (no relation to the victim) was escorted by relatives to Cincinnati police headquarters to face charges for Tiffany's death.
Kylie Jack, a trans woman, said she was humiliated by a Petticoat Fair employee who asked for ID to confirm her gender identity, and said she needed to have surgery in order to have a fitting.
In a recent post on the U.S. Department of Labor's website, Secretary Tom Perez announced forthcoming guidelines that will clarify the provision of full protection under federal non-discrimination laws for transgender individuals.
AB 1121, authored by Speaker Toni G. Atkins in 2013, ensures that transgender people are no longer required to publish an announcement of their name change in a local newspaper, and also will not have to go through the court system to request the birth certificate change.
The Marketplace Morning Report spoke with transgender people about their experiences in the workplace, particularly around discrimination based on gender identity.
GLAAD's Rich Ferraro recently spoke to NPR about ongoing changes in advertisements targeting LGBT people. Along with Robert Klara, a staff writer at AdWeek, host Sonari Glinton focused on the shift in brands that now include LGBT images in their ads.
Tiffany Edwards, a 28-year-old trans woman of color, was found dead in Cincinnati last Thursday. She was last seen by her aunt the night before, saying she was meeting up with friends.