TRANSGENDER BIAS

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FYI: A woman who claims she was denied supportive housing by a city-funded nonprofit because she is transgender has filed a bias suit. With the help of Housing Works’ legal arm, the woman is charging that the Educational Alliance, which provides supportive housing and mental health treatment for women, refused to admit her because her presence would be “disruptive.” According to a Gay City News report, the suit charges that the Educational Alliance rebuffed repeated attempts by Housing Works to find a solution, including introducing a second transgender client with whom the woman could share a room. The Educational Alliance declined to comment on the suit. In January, a transgender youth won a suit against the Administration for Children Services, which had refused her the right to wear clothing that matched her gender identity while staying in a Brooklyn foster care facility. [3/4/03]