From 2018 to 2019 BTA worked closely with FreeState Justice and other partner orgs offering testimony and feedback on language to support the passage of a Gender X bill. The availability of a legal Gender X marker in Washington, DC gave us the proximity and access to a working system that can be replicated and implemented. This win comes on the heels of a 200% rise in non-binary identified people in our staff.
In 2019 We worked with the Baltimore City LGBTQ Affairs Office and GLSEN Maryland to get Policy JBB passed. This victory provides Baltimore city schools with the guidelines necessary to protect their trans students. The policy outlines that students should be able to use facilities of their choosing and protects them from being outed. The document also calls for additional support of GSA’s and speaks to the need for additional trainings for educational professionals —trainings that BTA intends to provide as a continuance to its commitment to trans youth.
This work is a continuation and an extension of the work we did organizing the Rally for Trans Students in 2017. We demanded the Baltimore city school board draft policies and guidelines to protect students, after the Trump adminstration rescinded guidelines to allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.
Stop Union Busting at Chase Brexton
In 2016, we worked with a number of different organizations to rally and organize against union busting happening at Chase Brexton Health Care - a health care provider in Baltimore that serves a large number of trans Baltimoreans. With the support of the communities they served - Chase Brexton providers were able to successfully unionize.
See also: Stop Union Busting at Chase Brexton
In 2016 members of our team held conversation with representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice. We helped report stories of trans discrimination and abuse by the Baltimore City Police Department. This evidence was ultimately used in the DOJ’s report in 2016.