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Sexual Identity Politics
Last Featured: 9/5/2001

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The first thing a parent hears when a baby is born is "it’s a boy!" or "it’s a girl" ... But, more often than you might think, a baby’s gender isn’t so clear and sometimes a child raised as a boy believes he is a girl or vice versa and grows up to be an adult who wants to live and be recognized as a person of the opposite sex. Gender identity is increasingly finding its way into the courtroom as transgendered people assert they have a right to live free of discrimination. Should civil rights laws protect people who dress in drag or get sex re-assignment surgery?

Jennifer Levi is a staff attorney at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, GLAD is New England’s leading legal organization working to ensure equal justice under the law for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and people living with HIV/AIDS. She was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom and clerked for Judge Michael Boudin at the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Jennifer Levi is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Chicago Law School.

Richard Ackerman is a litigation attorney with the United States Justice Foundation based in Escondido, California. USJS is a non-profit, public interest, legal action organization dedicated to advancing the conservative viewpoint in the judicial arena. Formerly in private practice, Ackerman has taught philosophy, business law and legal ethics at several California colleges. He is a graduate of Western State University College of Law.

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— Henry David Thoreau

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