they called me the door to eden (fey_seraph) wrote in queermaine,
they called me the door to eden

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Hey everyone,
I am having a problem with my employer. Management told me that I have to wear a name badge that has my legal name on it (although other employees wear nicknames or shortened names on their badges) and that I must not use the single-stall, locking men's restroom. I referred them to the Title 5 amendment in Maine law that prohibits discrimination against people because of gender identity.

I'm having a bit of trouble finding out how this law can or has been interpreted, especially with regards to name usage and bathroom access. The only clarifying language I find in the statutes referring to Title 5 use the word "disability," which doesn't seem appropriate for the situation.

Maine law is found here:
A search for "sexual orientation" will turn up Title 5 and definitions, and a search for "gender identity" turns up an explanatory definition page (where the word disability is found, seems to be in blanket reference to title 5 but i can't tell.)

Any help I can get on this is so great. Thank you for your time. :)

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I am pretty sure the nametag thing is an unenforceable policy. Hell, LOTS of people won't wear their real names at work because they are afraid of stalkers. The purpose of a nametag is so people know what to call you. If you need legal documentation, you ask for driver's license.

I am not a lawyer, of course. Maybe call one and ask advise over the phone. Some will give you very basic advise without the need to hire them. Likewise, the USM law school has something useful, I am sure.

Good luck.
Yeah, that's very true. I think it's anyone's right to not have their legal name on their nametag if they work with the general public.
I will hopefully hear back from GLAD's lawyers soon. Thanks for your advise, much appreciated!
Brandon, it's so amazing that you've fought so hard to be who you are.

Have you thought about legally changing your name?

Also, the bathroom situation is just low and obnoxious. I myself, often times use the men's restrooms because A I look like a 15 year old boy, B for it's convenience/speed process, and C avoid the shocked looks the old ladies give when I walk through the bathroom door.

Keep fighting it, it sounds like you're going into the right direction with getting GLADS help. And I really hope it works out for you because gender barriers are a pain in the ass and we all need to stop being so damn close minded.
hey, great to hear from you. I did legally change my name from a female name to a gender-neutral name- I prefer that my legal name not indicate that I'm one sex or the other because it causes more trouble. (credit cards, airports, blah blah)

I know what you mean about getting shocked looks in the restroom. its a drag (lolz)

Its come at the best possible time, if that makes sense, because I've been getting a lot of confirmation from dreams and meditation that yes, I am really [deeply] trans. So i have a lot of strength to fight back.
I just checked out your journal, you are so strong. my best to you...


Thanks ;-)

Some resources


March 26 2009, 12:43:26 UTC 8 years ago Edited:  March 26 2009, 12:44:32 UTC

Equal Justice center

Volunteer Lawyers project


You ought to be able to at least get some concrete answers form these folks on how to proceed.

When This happened to my girlfriend, she went in to see the head of HR, and made sure they knew she considered this a violation of her civil rights. That spooked em good.
She was able to negotiate Bri, from legally they couldn't transfer documents et all with a name that hadn't been..."legalised"

It cost $122 for the official change, picked up the paperwork downtown Bargor for $1.

I hope this helps! If you need more details let me know

I know this is belated, but thank you for the help.