Bil Browning

Video: TSA Fires Trans Employee

Filed By Bil Browning | June 17, 2011 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: airport security, Ashley Yang, gender identity, In the Life, transgender discrimination, TSA

When Ashley Yang worked for the TSA as an airport screener, they insisted that she cut her hair or wear a "male wig" and would only let her pat down male passengers who regularly sexually harassed her. Originally hired for a two year probationary period, they let her go days before that time expired for continuing to express a female gender identity.

In the Life features Ashley this month and her story and ultimate vindication. When you wonder why trans folk are often more concerned with legislation like ENDA over marriage equality, listen to some of the statistics shared my NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling.

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Well, as a govie myself... I recently had the pleasure of having one of the EEOC commissioners come to speak where I work. I forwarded this story on to them, and supposedly it's getting reviewed. If at all I do hope this helps with getting some equal legal standing on how these discrimination cases are handled (rather than just a settlement!).

california panda | June 17, 2011 7:36 PM

ENDA Now! Anything less is institutional bigotry.

Ashley Yang | June 27, 2011 12:25 PM

thank you for eveyone's support