Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is preparing an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. That case raises the question of religious and other exemptions to non-discrimination laws. We are looking for input from our transgender community, and specifically those who have experienced discrimination in places of public accommodation. Your voice will play a vital role in helping to stand up for the rights of trans individuals in this country. Our brief questionnaire may be accessed by clicking here.
The case at issue, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, involves the proprietor of a Denver bakery who is seeking a religious-based exemption from the anti-discrimination laws of Colorado. Those laws prohibit discrimination in places of public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, among other protected classes such as race, creed, and gender. This baker was cited and fined for violating this statute for refusing to sell a cake to a same-sex couple. The judicial creation of an exemption to such anti-discrimination laws could have concerning consequences for our transgender community, not just in public accommodations but potentially in healthcare, employment, education, and housing.... more