Know Your Rights in D.C.!
(1) You have the right to be respected.
- People, your job, and D.C. agencies (for example: the Department of Employment Services or the Department of Human Services) must call you by your preferred name and pronoun.
- You can always use the bathroom you want to use.
- You can dress in the clothes you want to wear.
- You cannot be denied services – including from first responders such as the Fire Department and EMS.
(2) Employers can’t discriminate against you.
- Your boss cannot limit your gender expression.
- If your job has a gender-segregated uniform, you may wear the uniform you prefer.
- A job can’t refuse to hire or promote you.
- If you need time off for trans-related medical care, your job must reasonably accommodate you.
(3) Housing providers can’t discriminate, either.
- You have the right to use a homeless shelter that is consistent with your gender identity.
- Shelter staff must ensure that you are safe from harm.
- Service providers cannot deny you access to facilities.
- Landlords can’t refuse to rent to you.
(4) If someone finds out that you are trans, they can’t harass or “out” you.
- This includes information about you that jobs or agencies get from background checks.
- Nobody can ask invasive questions about your body, your past, your medical history or diagnoses, etc.
(5) You have rights when interacting with police.
- Click here to learn more about these rights and the Metropolitan Police Department’s policies.
(6) You have rights in the D.C. jails.
- Click here to learn more about policies at the D.C. Department of Corrections.
(7) You have the right to identity documents that most accurately reflect your lived gender.
- If you are a D.C. resident, to obtain a new ID card or driver’s license, the Department of Motor Vehicles needs only a Gender Designation Form signed by a doctor, social worker or therapist. No surgery or other medical treatment is required.
- The Gender Designation Form can be downloaded online.
- Any documented citizen in the U.S. can change the gender marker on their U.S. passport. There is no surgery requirement. See here.
- Click here for additional information and guides on how to change your legal name and gender in D.C., VA or MD.
(8) You have rights in D.C. public schools.
- Coming soon.
(9) If someone violates ANY of the above rights, you have the right to fight back!