Latest & Greatest – Transgender Persons and the Law, 2nd Edition

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   By Ally Windsor Howell  Published by American Bar Association (2015)  KF 4754.5 .H69 2015

By Ally Windsor Howell

Published by American Bar Association (2015)

KF 4754.5 .H69 2015

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.

Latest & Greatest - Sexual Orientation and the Law

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   Edited by Karen Moulding in conjunction with National Lawyers Guild Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Rights Committee  Published by Thomson Reuters (2015-2016)  KF 4754.5 .S49 2012

Edited by Karen Moulding in conjunction with National Lawyers Guild Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Rights Committee

Published by Thomson Reuters (2015-2016)

KF 4754.5 .S49 2012

As the country is still reeling from the recent tragedy in Orlando and as the issue of LGBT equality and civil rights continues to rise to the forefront of the nation’s conscience, the Harris County Law Library would like to draw attention to a title of importance for this subject: Sexual Orientation and the Law. Though not new to our collection, Sexual Orientation and the Law attempts to capture all of the legal issues and the changes in the law that bear upon the LGBT community. The legalization of same-sex marriage has had a profound effect on many areas of the law, but none more remarkable than those affecting the family. Courts have been looking differently at issues involving custody, parentage, and adoption in addition to matters involving unmarried partners, and this two-volume set takes a comprehensive look at each aspect of this developing area of law.

Of concern as well is the sexual orientation issue as it arises in the course of employment and military service. The authors address discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace, strategies for obtaining domestic partnership benefits, and military discharge reviews. The authors also devote an entire chapter to the representation of transgender clients in matters such as changing identifying documents, handling employment discrimination claims, and getting protection from violence while imprisoned. They also discuss the special issues that arise when representing clients with HIV/AIDS, including health, financial, and estate planning and obtaining public benefits and insurance coverage.

Sexual Orientation and the Law is rich with practical information to assist you in understanding the unique issues faced by members of the LGBT community and how to handle them when your next client comes through your door.