Scholars File Amici Brief in Transgender Veterans Case
On June 28, 2017, Williams Institute and other scholars who study the transgender population submitted an amici brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Fulcher v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In Fulcher, the Court is evaluating the legality of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ policy of denying medically indicated sex-reassignment surgery to transgender veterans. In their amici brief, the scholars present social science data and scholarly research regarding the transgender population establishing that transgender status should be considered a suspect classification for purposes of Constitutional equal-protection analysis. The brief also provides the Court with research documenting military service by transgender Americans.