Looking ahead to 2023
December 18, 2022
Our team is grateful for the amazing network of partners, advocates, and supporters like you who made our work possible this year.
As we look ahead to the holiday season, please note that our office will be closed from December 22 – January 2. Many of our staff will be off during that time, but you can still reach us at [email protected]. We look forward to reconnecting in the New Year!
Keep reading for more news from our team.
ICYMI: LGBTQ+ Rights SCOTUS Chat
Gender Justice hosted our latest U.S. Supreme Court chat on December 5. During the live chat, Gender Justice Legal Director Jess Braverman, Advocacy Director Erin Maye Quade, and OutFront Board Member Jared Mollenkof discussed the implications of the “303 Creative” case, their reaction to the oral arguments heard on December 5, and what it means for LGBTQ+ rights.
You can find the full recording on YouTube.
Sharing a Win for Transgender Rights at Work
In a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board, Menards has agreed to permit employees to display their pronouns on their store-issued name tags.
This settlement is the result of two Gender Justice clients and former Menards employees filing complaints with the NLRB after being prohibited from wearing pins displaying their pronouns next to their name tags. The NLRB found that this violated the employees’ right to organize to improve their working conditions under the National Labor Relations Act.
The settlement binds Menards’s 42,000 employees in 15 states and is a massive victory for trans, non-binary and gender fluid workers everywhere.
A Future We Are Building Together
As our team reflects on the big wins and devastating losses for gender equity this year, we invite you to read a reflection from Gender Justice Executive Director Megan Peterson.
As Megan writes, “Together, we have the broad vision, strategy and drive to keep going even when we experience defeats. We know we can’t go back, only forward—to a better future where everyone, no matter their sex, gender or gender expression, is able to grow, love, and thrive.”
We are thrilled to welcome Heidi Nybroten to the Gender Justice team as Operations Manager! They bring operations, finance, and many years of legal assistant experience from non-profits as well as public defense firms. Heidi studied Law, Diversity, and Justice as well as Spanish at Western Washington University.
Heidi grew up in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington State and currently lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with their partner, puppy, three cats, and four chickens. They like to spend time outside hiking, camping, and paddling as well as training industrial climbing skills for direct action. Welcome Heidi!
Thank you for reading!
–The Gender Justice Team