Vandy Beth Glenn is a Georgia native, writer, editor, public speaker, skeptic, marathoner, cosplayer, former Naval officer, former grad student, lawsuit plaintiff, unsuccessful guitarist, future beauty pageant winner, future flying car driver, and transwoman. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her human partner, four feline dependents, a Mac Pro, a shed full of half-finished projects, far too many unread books, and an ever-growing DVD collection. She attended the University of Georgia, but hopes you won’t let be a thing.
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 before the federal court for the Northern District of Georgia and later the federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Both courts—four unanimous judges—described her firing as “illegal” and required the state government to take her back at work in December 2011. She has been back under the Gold Dome ever since, and the state’s institutions have somehow (thus far) managed to refrain from crumbling.
During those 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 told she was the first transgender person to address a Congressional committee. The representatives were all touched by her account and convinced of the need for ENDA, and promptly failed to act in any way whatsoever.
This blog is about transgender issues, broader LGBT issues, the living of Vandy Beth’s peculiar life, the English language and how to use it, skepticism, and the planet Mars.