Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has just announced the publication of Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, “the first book to comprehensively address legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context and provide practitioners the tools to effectively represent transgender clients.”

Co-editor Jennifer Levi, director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project, called the book “a road map for transgender individuals and their attorneys to navigate the family court system in this evolving area of law.”

She explained, “Some of the most heartbreaking stories I have heard in my career as an LGBT legal advocate involve transgender people in family courts. The rights of transgender people—as parents, spouses, and simply as human beings—are often trammeled in family court because of pervasive bias and misunderstanding. ”

Co-editor Elizabeth Monnin-Browder, a litigation associate in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray and a former GLAD attorney, added, “I hope transgender people will read and share it with their attorneys as they plan a family, navigate the dissolution of a relationship or a custody dispute, or simply seek to protect their rights and those of their children.”

The co-editors and 11 other experts cover topics including:

  • Culturally Competent Representation
  • Recognition of Name and Sex
  • Relationship Recognition and Protections
  • Protecting Parental Rights
  • Relationship Dissolution
  • Parental Rights after Relationship Dissolution
  • Custody Disputes Involving Transgender Children
  • Protections for Transgender Youth
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law

You can pre-order the book now—it will be available in print and electronic versions on May 16, 2012.

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