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Transgender woman wins suit against Georgia legislature

The Georgia General Assembly engaged in sex discrimination when it fired Vandy Beth Glenn after she announced she was transitioning from male to female, a federal judge has ruled.

Glenn, who worked as a legislative editor, was hired in 2005 and fired two years later.  U.S. District Judge Richard Story rejected arguments that Glenn would cause legislators to lose confidence in the Office of Legislative Counsel where she worked.

“[A]voiding the anticipated negative reactions of others cannot serve as a sufficient basis for discrimination and does not constitute an important government interest,” Story said in his opinion, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.