TSA - Mandate Transgender Sensitivity Training for All Security Personnel
  • Petitioned Brent Colburn

This petition was delivered to:

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, DHS
Brent Colburn
Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, DHS
Margo Schlanger
Administrator, TSA
John S. Pistole
TSA Office of Public Affairs
Assistant Administrator for Professional Responsibility
James G. Duncan

TSA - Mandate Transgender Sensitivity Training for All Security Personnel

    1. Tom Basgil Jr.
    2. Petition by

      Tom Basgil Jr.

      Brooklyn, NY

After working for the Transportation Security Administration for two years Ashley Lang was fired for being herself - and using the women's bathroom, according to the termination letter obtained by the AP. Lang's superiors knew about her gender identity, but because she did not have gender reassignment surgery, they forced her to perform pat-downs on male passengers, wear men's clothing, and use the men's bathroom.

Some of the male passengers would make innapropriate, sexist comments to Lang as she patted them down. Her coworkers, unaware of her biological sex, would call her over to pat down female passengers. And the passengers? Well, no one checks their genitals before assigning someone to pat them down.

Ashley Lang went to court to fight her discriminatory treatment at the hands of the TSA. Her settlement mandates transgender sensitivity training for all Los Angeles International Airport managers.

Although a positive start, the settlement is only a baby step in the struggle to secure equal rights for the transgender and gender-nonconforming community. Make sure the TSA gives transgender sensitivity classes to it's security personnel all across the US - not just the managers in LAX.

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    News

    1. TSA Releases Info for Transgender Travelers

      Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      But are they training their staff to be sensitive to transgender issues?

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Holiday Season Horrors - TSA Hasn't Budged

      Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      The TSA has yet to release the curriculum for LAX's transgender sensitivity training. The training is still only for managers at LAX.

      Please contact me through my Change.org profile if you have experienced gender-identity discrimination from the TSA in the past three months or so.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. TSA Ignores 1,400 Emails

      Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      TSA has yet to respond to multiple requests for more information on transgender sensitivity training.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. In the TSA's new screening program, appearances can be deceiving

      Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      The TSA is testing behavior-based profiling. Security personnel will ask passengers questions to identify suspicious behavior. Without mandatory transgender sensitivity training, how will security personnel interact and profile transgender people?

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Please Invite 2 People to Sign!

      Tom Basgil Jr.
      Petition Organizer

      Only 22 more signatures needed until we hit 700!

      If everyone who already signed found two more people to join them, we'd add an additional 1,376 signatures - an easy way to make social change!

    10. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Joan George ANDERSON, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      TSA - Mandate Transgender Sensitivity Training for All Security Personnel!

      After working for the Transportation Security Administration for two years at Los Angeles International Airport, Ashley Lang was fired for being herself - and using the women's bathroom. Although Lang's superiors knew about her status as a proud transgender woman, they forced her to perform pat-downs on male passengers, wear men's clothing, and use the men's bathroom. Some of the passengers she had to frisk would even make inappropriate sexual comments to her.

      Ashley Lang's settlement with the TSA rightfully mandates transgender sensitivity training for all LAX managers. However, this is not enough. Transgender employees, and the general public, have the right live openly and honestly. It's important for all TSA security personnel in the US to get this vital sensitivity training. The TSA exists to protect the public - and that includes transgender people.

      Please instate mandatory transgender sensitivity training for all TSA security personnel.

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    • vanessa walker TUCKER, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am transgendered

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    • Avis Marie Sandar SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      BECAUSE IT'S NEEDED AND IMPORTANT!

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    • Jennifer McCreath ST. JOHN'S, NL, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      with Stephen Harper's Minister essentially comparing transgendered with 9/11 terrorists, we need a wake up call here folks!

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      • over 2 years ago

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