American Bar Association Publishes Legal Guide for Trans People

American Bar Association Publishes Legal Guide for Trans People

The American Bar Association has released a groundbreaking legal primer for transgender adults before, during, and after their transitions with regards to numerous legal spheres that in many U.S. states remains murky.

The 313-page “Transgender Persons and the Law,” written by lawyer Ally Windsor Howell—who is also a trans woman—is a comprehensive guide for both cis gender legal practitioners and transgender individuals.

“’Transgender Persons and the Law’ is likely to become the definitive treatise for legal issues that have specific application to transgender persons throughout the United States,” says Robert J. O’Toole, Esq., co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Transgender Subcommittee. “I commend this book to any lawyer who might be representing transgender clients, or anyone who is interested in learning more about the special legal challenges faced by transgender people.”

” ’Transgender Persons and the Law’ is a very comprehensive text,” writes Phyllis Randolph Frye, J.D., in the forward. Frye, the first out-of-the-closet transgender judge in the U.S. and “Grandmother of the National TG Legal and Political Movement,” commends Howell’s effort, noting both the distance covered and the distance remaining for full recognition of transgender individuals in American society, and the role the courts and activists play.

“All lawyers and lay activists dealing with this area of the law either in the courts or in legislative lobbying should read it,” writes Phyllis Randolph Frye, J.D., in the forward. (Frye was the first openly transgender judge in the U.S.) “As I read, I felt gratified at how far TG legal gains have come.”

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