Zadie Martin

Braverman discusses gender

Lawyer Jess Braveman introduced themselves as part of Gender Justice. The group dedicated themselves to helping LGBTQ youth and adults alike defend themselves from discrimination in the United States.

Braveman went through their childhood related to gender identity. They talked about growing up in a Jewish Orthodox school and the divide between the binary genders of woman and man. “There was a divider in the gym, the boys had a lot more space on their side,” said Braveman.

They moved in to talk about how they went to law school not knowing much about law practice. They started out defiant kids and young adults in a school setting and then moved into Gender Justice. Braveman experience with Gender Justice includes fighting in the court for kids of all ages and gender. The majority of the work that they did was working on getting Minnesota-wide protection for transgender children in a school setting. Braveman cites the Minnesota Constitution as a law that helps defend LGBTQ individuals and details that Minnesota is a very progressive state for trans youth.

Braveman left the group with the question “We’re seeing a lot of trans people and inclusiveness being banned in sports and school, if you unpack them you see it’s all just transphobia, not facts, why do you think adults are spending so much time right now making laws that stop trans kids from being who they are?”

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