Transgender-rights Activists Accuse J. Crew of Discrimination
forever urging women to borrow their boyfriends' shirts, but according to civil
rights group Make the Road New York, that's about as open-minded as
the company gets when it comes to gender expression. The group staged a protest
outside the J.Crew on Fifth Avenue
on Sunday after the store failed a test to see whether it would hire a
Make the Road sent two equally-matched applicants,
one trans and one not, to 24 different stores. At J.Crew, the trans applicant
was treated dismissively, while his testing partner was offered a job.
Interestingly, of the 24 stores surveyed, only Dean & Deluca offered jobs
to both testers, and the only place that offered a job solely to the
transgender tester was the Virgin Megastore—which can't be much solace to New York's transgender
population, since the Virgin stores closed last year.
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.