Pitt Law Student Spurs PA Courts Rule Change to Prohibit Gender Identity Discrimination

As of July 2016, PA Courts now prohibit gender identity discrimination. It's a seismic shift toward ensuring dignity and respect for transgender Pennsylvanians, and it's thanks to Pitt Law student and Pennsylvania Youth Congress Executive Director Jason Landau Goodman and Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Christine Ward.

In June, Goodman approached Judge Ward to propose an update to the Unified Justice System's non-discrimination policy to include protections on the basis of gender identity and expression. Judge Ward brought the proposed amendment to the Supreme Court which adopted the policy in in July 2016.

"This is a significant moment in ensuring justice for all in our judicial system," Landau said. "Many transgender Pennsylvanians have too often had terrifying and traumatizing experiences in our judicial system. We are incredibly proud of the Supreme Court’s declaration that transgender people must be regarded with dignity."

Read more in "PA Courts Now Prohibit Gender Identity Discrimination" from the Pennsylvania Youth Congress