End of Year News

December 21, 2023

We’re officially coming up on the end of the year, so be sure to give our last newsletter of 2023 a read for a recap of the accomplishments we’ve made, and a peak at what’s ahead!

End of Year Recap

Though there’s still a lot of work to do, together we accomplished incredible things here in Minnesota in 2023 from changing policies for transgender inmates and passing the Trans Refuge Bill to ending state funding for crisis pregnancy centers and repealing Minnesota’s unconstitutional and harmful abortion restrictions.

Check out what we accomplished together over the past year! Additionally, be sure to give our annual report a read here!

A Huge Week at Court

Over this past week, we were in court for multiple crucial cases:

  • Anderson v. Thrifty White – Today, the MN Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in our case alleging sex discrimination in a pharmacy’s refusal to fill an emergency contraception prescription for our client, Andrea Anderson.
  • Cooper v. USA Powerlifting – Yesterday, the MN Court of Appeals also heard oral arguments in the case of USA Power Lifting’s ban on transgender athletes, and their discrimination against our client, JayCee Cooper, by barring her from competing due to her being a transgender woman.
  • Fighting North Dakota’s Abortion Ban – Oral arguments took place yesterday in our case with The Center for Reproductive Rights and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP for a preliminary injunction on North Dakota’s Abortion Ban.

We will continue to fight for gender equity, trans rights, and reproductive freedom, and we look forward to rulings on these critical cases in the new year!

News From Our Board

As 2024 draws to a close, Gender Justice bids a fond farewell to two of our longest-serving board members, former chair Amanda Furst and Legal Advisory Committee chair David Schlesinger, both of whom joined the board in 2018 when Gender Justice was on the cusp of a period of tremendous growth. Read more about their significant contributions to the organization here.

We’re Hiring: Join Our Team!

Our work at Gender Justice continues to expand in exciting ways as we take on escalating attacks on gender equity. As we work to secure more victories for bodily autonomy and trans rights, we are seeking out talented people to join our team and help make those wins possible!

We invite you to learn more about our open positions and spread the word to your networks about the opportunity to join us in the critical fights ahead.

The Gender Justice Brief: Mailbag Episode

We’ll be hosting a special end-of-the-year mailbag episode of our podcast, and we’re inviting supporters like you to submit your questions for Gender Justice Legal Director Jess Braverman and Special Projects Advisor Erin Maye Quade! You can send your questions in using this link!

Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day 2024

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