Vandy Beth Glenn is a Georgia native, public speaker, writer, editor, skeptic, runner, cosplayer, former Naval officer, future flying car driver, lawsuit plaintiff, and transwoman. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her human partner, two feline dependents, a treadmill, a shed full of half-finished projects, far too many unread books, and an ever-growing DVD collection. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Georgia.
In October 2007 she was fired from her job at the Georgia General Assembly for announcing her intention to change gender from male to female, a move her boss described as “inappropriate” while ejecting her from the state capitol.
With the help of Lambda Legal she brought a federal case, Glenn v. Brumby, before the federal court for the Northern District of Georgia and later the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Both courts—four unanimous judges—described her firing as “unlawful” and required the state government to return her job in December 2011. In April 2012, the EEOC cited Glenn v. Brumby as a precedent when it ruled that discrimination against transgender people is sex discrimination covered under Title VII. This ruling protects transgender people’s jobs nationwide.
During Vandy Beth’s four years in the wilderness, she was interviewed by various media outlets, including ABC News, NPR, the AP, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, GA Voice, and Washington Blade. Her story was covered by many more. She received awards from Southern Voice, the Human Rights Campaign, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, and GA Voice. She spoke at public events in Atlanta, Washington, and Fort Lauderdale. She spent all of her savings and blew through her 401k.
In September 2009 Vandy Beth was invited to speak to the Labor Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives to talk about her firing and urge passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). She was the first transgender person to address a Congressional committee.