OUTstanding Virginians 2009

Diane Schroer

Winner of landmark transgender workplace discrimination case

When the Library of Congress withdrew its job offer because Diane was transitioning from David, she took them to court and this fall won the case of Schroer v. Billington, thereby creating a precedent that will help everyone whose gender expression affects their employment, including those where security clearance is an issue.  “In refusing to hire Diane Schroer because her appearance and background did not comport with the decision maker’s sex stereotypes about how men and women should act and appear, and in response to Schroer’s decision to transition, legally, culturally, and physically, from male to female, the Library of Congress violated Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination.