Myriad questions abound in our current times regarding transgender issues, legal and otherwise. For nonprofit leaders, what legal compliance, privacy considerations, and other implications arise for their organizations’ facilities and programs in light of transgender issues? Should nonprofits develop a transgender bathroom policy and, if so, what elements should be included? More specifically, how do nonprofit organizations across the spectrum – including those seeking to promote LGBT equality, those with religious missions and convictions that conflict with transgender advocacy, and those serving youth – address such policies from a legal compliance standpoint?
The term “transgender” generally refers to people whose gender identity or expression differs from their biological sex. Following in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings on same-sex marriage and the legislative trend of new state and local anti-discrimination laws protecting sexual orientation and gender identity, transgender advocacy is steadily increasing in scope, intensity, and media attention.