Transgender Education and Advocacy Program (TEAP)

The ACLU-PA has recognized the dire need for more education and advocacy around transgender rights, especially given the lack of non-discrimination protections here in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. TEAP aims to pave the way for the passage of statewide, comprehensive non-discrimination protections, which is a top priority for the ACLU of Pennsylvania and an issue we have worked on for more than a decade. We are committed to supporting and building the leadership of directly impacted transgender communities in this process. Together, ACLU-PA and transgender Pennsylvanians will engage in public education, strategic communications and direct advocacy and lobbying to create a more favorable climate for trans-friendly policy outcomes in the state. 


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Legal Cases

  • Williams v. Allegheny County
    A lawsuit filed against Allegheny County on behalf of Jules Williams, a transgender woman who was repeatedly abused while incarcerated at the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ).
  • Doe v. Boyertown Area School District
    The Boyertown Area School District respects its students' gender identity. Among other things, the Boyertown Area Senior High (“BASH”) has allowed students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
  • Burton v. Wetzel
    A federal lawsuit on behalf of a transgender woman who has been incarcerated in seven different male prisons by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) over the past four years.
  • Name Change Petition for Transgender Teen
    Transgender teen in Montgomery County denied name change petition.



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