PFLAG National, GLMA file lawsuit to block enforcement of SB14 in Texas. The eight PFLAG and GLMA plaintiffs - five trans youth and three physicians - are represented by American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the ACLU, Lambda Legal, Transgender Law Center, and the law firms Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. The suit alleges that Texas’s SB14, should it go into effect on September 1st, will deprive trans youth and physicians alike of their constitutional rights. Read more about the suit in PFLAG National’s July 13th press release.
Kansas Judge orders state to stop gender marker changes on driver’s licenses. On July 10th, US District Judge Teresa Watson in the U.S. District Court in Kansas ordered the Kansas Department of Revenue to stop processing gender change requests on state-issued licenses. The decision came after Attorney General Kris Kobach filed a lawsuit claiming that a new law, SB180, prevents transgender and nonbinary residents from updating their gender identity on state documents.
Federal judge rules in favor of Wisconsin transgender student. On July 10th, US District Judge Lynn Adelman barred a Wisconsin school from requiring that transgender students use bathrooms that align with their biological sex. The student who brought the suit after being told she would be required to use the boys’ bathroom for the upcoming school year, had previously participated in girls’ school activities and used the girls’ bathroom since the third grade without issue.
Federal appeals court allows Tennessee ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors to take effect. On July 8th, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals removed an injunction against Tennessee's ban on medically necessary care for minors, which means that transgender youth receiving care will have to halt treatment by March 2024. Additionally, medical providers cannot provide medically necessary treatment to new trans minors who are patients.
The Supreme Court declines to take up a lower court ruling which protects people with gender dysphoria under ADA. On June 30th, SCOTUS chose not to review a ruling made by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that individuals with gender dysphoria are entitled to protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act.