It seems like just yesterday that I volunteered to chair a planning committee in 2010 to create a Transgender Law Institute to be held at the National LGBT Bar Association Conference. And now, we've just started planning the third annual Transgender Law Institute, to be held at the National LGBT Bar Association, August 23-25, 2012 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.
To some extent, the Institute has now become an institution. I believe that institution-building for the trans community is the most important issue and most important challenge we face. To the extent and at the rate that we build institutions that can bring more prominence to the cause of trans rights, to that extent and at that rate we will overcome the prejudice and discrimination that plague us.
At our first Institute, held in sunny South Beach, Florida (here's the conference video), we had about 75 participants, and we discussed issues of health care, employment rights, sex segregation and identity documents.
Then, last year in Hollywood, we had as our theme "Competence in Representing A Trans Client." We discussed the fifty top developments in trans law, and focused on two new areas in addition to employment law and identity documents, the issues raised by incarcerees and by health care.
What will we do this year?
Our planning committee will decide the subject matter of this year's Institute. It would be very helpful to hear from you what subjects and issues we ought to cover to educate lawyers. Please put your thoughts in the comment section. For myself, with a prediction of 1 to 3 inches of snow tomorrow night, I am simply glad to be thinking of a warmer time in the summer when we will meet in Washington, D.C. to discuss our legal issues.