[UPDATED-2] New wave for transgender civil rights triggered by the Vandy Glenn federal court ruling?

Vandy Glenn, succeeded in court without the state having an transgender protection statute

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [Update- 2: More details about her case – link below.] [Update -1: Vandy Glenn is back at work — see below.] Trans woman Vandy Elizabeth Glenn, the fired Georgia General Assembly editor who recently won a ruling from a federal court that stated her firing violated the U.S. Constitution, may have unleashed a sweeping civil rights wave that finally affords trans people true equal rights.

In my earlier post I stated Glenn’s victory would have a huge impact — federal cases alone make it so — but now that I’ve learned a few more details, I’m even more convinced wholesale changes are on the way.

In the state of Georgia, there is no protection for trans people against job discrimination, so the attorneys for Glenn instead went a roundabout way utilizing the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and sued for sex discrimination. The court agreed that Glenn WAS discriminated under Equal Protection Clause.

In short, Glenn succeeded in court without the state of Georgia having an transgender protection statute!

While it is true a higher court can knock it down, evidence says its not likely.

Feel free to chime in with opposing comments if you think the Glenn case will make little difference.

UPDATE: Vandy Glenn says she is back at work and there will be no more appeals! Congrats to her.

UPDATE – 2 (Dec. 15, 2011): More details about her case and a timeline: http://www.thegavoice.com/index.php/news/georgia-news/3895-transgender-editor-returns-to-work-at-ga-legislature

Adam Cohen goes into detail here comments about changes on the horizon:  http://ideas.time.com/2011/12/12/transgender-the-next-frontier-in-human-rights/#ixzz1gNXyWsoS
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