The federal appeals court in Atlanta on Tuesday ruled in favor of a transgender woman who was fired from her General Assembly job after disclosing she was going to make the transition from man to woman.
Bad thing: that the woman was fired in the first place.
I am glad the federal appeals court is taking a strong, just stance on this case. It is terrible that anyone would ever think it is okay to fire a person because they are transgender and/or have decided to make a transition from living as one gender to living as another. I understand that transgendered individuals can make people uncomfortable (my issue is limited to my ignorance as to how to talk about transgender individuals; I end up confusing myself or making stupid gaffes), but that should not have any bearing on employment status.
Nevertheless, it makes me happy that federal courts rule in favor of the fair treatment of transgendered individuals. I believe that is a step in the right direction. This is one issue on which the government, especially the courts, can have an immensely positive effect in the direction that is best for society. It’ll be slow-going, especially in some locations, but we are moving in the right direction!