Another of the resources published by the American Bar Association and featured here at the Harris County Law Library this month, Transgender Persons and the Law, 2nd Edition, focuses upon whether a person is male or female for legal purposes and guides the reader through the murky waters that are all too familiar for those who do not identify with the gender they were at birth. Having transitioned herself, author Howell appropriately begins her book with an explanation of who a transgender person is. In this way, the reader can gain an understanding of the issues that transgender persons face when attempting to deal with their legal questions and problems. One of the first concerns upon transitioning is the changing of identification documents to match a new name and gender. These documents include birth certificates, social security cards, driver’s licenses, and immigration papers. Where available, the author provides information on the forms required to make the desired changes.
Howell also addresses the issue of discrimination in the use of public facilities, housing, military services and veterans benefits, health care, and employment. Of concern as well is the question of personal safety. Howell devotes a chapter to a discussion of gender-based violence and hate crime laws and domestic abuse. Transgender Persons and the Law, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive text discussing, addressing, and explaining the unique issues faced by transgender persons. The appendices also provide useful information regarding relevant state laws and municipal ordinances and a listing of companies that provide health insurance coverage for sex reassignment surgery. Whether you are an LGBT lawyer or simply want to become more aware of certain issues, Transgender Persons and the Law, 2nd Edition is an excellent resource for you.