By Andre Perez
At best I feel that the law often fails to protect trans folks and at worst, the most vulnerable members of our community--people of color, homeless folks, sex workers, people who don't pass-- are persecuted by law enforcement officials. In the past week, a couple civil cases (cases where people are suing for money as opposed to jail time) have caught my eye because they highlight trans people using the legal system to try and remedy some of the most egregious mistreatment by officials and others who have power in our lives. The question is: Can we use the law to fight back? Can civil courts be on our side even though criminal courts almost always seem stacked against us?
Transgender driver suing Portland over police stop
Costello & Mains, P.C. Files Transgender Employment and Housing Discrimination Lawsuit