EEOC ruled in favor of gender inclusive restrooms


Last week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) delivered a landmark ruling that employees must have access to restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. In other words: transgender people can’t be forced to use the wrong restroom AND they can’t be forced to use separate restrooms at work!

Learn more about what this means and why it’s a watershed moment for trans people

Despite the recent barrage of anti-trans bathroom bills, and other attempts by lawmakers to normalize discrimination against trans people, these type of victories are an indicator that we are continuing to move forward. And we’re well on our way to making all of these policy advances a reality for trans people across the country.

The bottom line is that this ruling is helping to clarify what nondiscrimination means in real life, whether at work, at school, or seeking housing or health care.

The next step in this process is working to pass legislation that provides explicit federal workplace protections, and we’re well on our way. We’re continuing to send a strong message to lawmakers that we won’t back down and that we’ll continue to fight back against discrimination.

We congratulate Tamara Lusardi, the Army civilian worker who demonstrated tremendous courage in bringing this case, and the Transgender Law Center, which represented Ms. Lusardi.

Harper Jean Tobin
Director of Policy
National Center for Transgender Equality
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April 2015 Meeting

The LGBT* Task Force held it’s monthly meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Here is what what discussed as well as highlights of upcoming events:

  • LGBT* Student Panel – Thursday, April 9, 2015 in the Warhawk Connection Center from noon-1:15pm
  • Rainbow Celebration of Excellence Award Ceremony – Monday, April 27, 2015 in the Fern Young Terrace from 4:30-6pm
  • Committee discussed planning for upcoming events for the 2015-2016 year – any suggestions or recommendations for events and speakers, please send to Cindy Konrad at

Interested in finding out more about what was discussed? Read the Full Minutes to find out more!

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LGBT* Discrimination based on religion?

Lately, there have been many news stories highlighting a trend in state legislatures trying to discriminate against a certain group of people based on religious objections. Tennessee is currently considering a bill that would allow counseling and social work students at a university protection if they discriminate against another student who is of the LGBT* community because it is against their religious beliefs. The head of the university’s counseling program has objected to this bill because “student counselors needed to be available to treat all clients.”

Read the entire article here: Discrimination based on religion

Given the recent outrage and protests over other discrimination bills, do you think this will bill will get passed?

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March 2015 Meeting

The LGBT Task Force met once again on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Here is what was discussed as well as highlights of upcoming events:

  • Committee is now taking nominations for the Rainbow Celebration of Excellence awards, please fill out a nomination application for anyone you would like to see honored for their contributions to the LGBT* community. To nominate someone, click on the following link: Rainbow Celebration Nomination
  • Queer Cultural Series Speaker: Rob Smith, black gay veteran of the war in Iraq – Openly gay Iraq war veteran, journalist, author, and LGBT* activits Rob Smith will bring his lecture “Closets, Combat, and Coming Out” to UW-Whitewater and speak about being black and gay in the U.S. military – Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in the UC Hamilton Room from 6:30-8:00pm
  • Safe Zone Module 3: LGBT* Student Experiences – This session allows you to hear directly from students about their experiences as LGBT* people—growing up, on campus, and out in the world. A great opportunity to ask students questions. Thursday, April 9, 12-1:30pm in UC 259
  • PRIDE Week – April 6-10, 2015
  • Those are just a few of the highlights – read the Full Minutes to find out more!

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Rob Smith – Guest Speaker


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