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TSA - Mandate Transgender Sensitivity Training for All Security Personnel

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.

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

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