Gender Politics

GLAD appalled by appeals court ruling denying care to transgender prisoner

BOSTON, Massachusetts -- The full First Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed an earlier ruling that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide Michelle Kosilek, an incarcerated transgender woman, medically-necessary gender reassignment surgery.

The decision was divided, with a 3-2 majority and two sharply worded dissents.

Nova Scotia government sets guidelines for transgender students

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is releasing new guidelines to help school boards protect transgender students from discrimination.

The guidelines recommend using a student's preferred name and pronoun, providing gender-neutral washrooms and ensuring access to physical education classes for all students.

Education Minister Karen Casey says the measures are meant to make schools safe, respectful and supportive of transgender students.

PFLAG issues "Trans Ally" guide

WASHINGTON, DC -- Nearly 700,000 people identify as transgender in the U.S., according to The Williams Institute at UCLA, yet there has not been a handy, accessible tool for the millions of other Americans, all current or prospective trans allies, to know how to engage respectfully with trans people — until now.

Meet the world's first non-gender person, legally speaking

A Scot who officially became the world’s first non-gender person has revealed the incredible journey of a lifelong identity crisis.

Norrie May-Welby grew up as a boy in Paisley, Scotland — not knowing if he wanted to be male or female.

The intersex campaigner finally won a four-year legal battle to be recognized as "Spansexual" in April and even has a passport stating "Sex not specified."

Norrie, who now lives in Sydney, Australia, switches from a male or female appearance on any given day. “I did a quiz on the Internet the other day that suggested I am 56% female and 44% male."

Saskatchewan prohibits transgender discrimination

Saskatchewan has changed its human rights legislation to protect transgender people from discrimination and strike down a law that let landlords weed out gay renters.

The province updated its Human Rights Code to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.

"Transgender people have always been protected by the code," Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission chief commissioner David Arnot said in a press release.

Ohio: Toledo adds transgender protections to law after vicious attack

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The Toledo City Council voted 12-0 on Tuesday to bolster the city's hate-crime law to protect transgender people.

The action follows a brutal attack last month on Candice Rose Milligan, a well-known transgender activist in Northwest Ohio. She was assaulted and robbed by at least three men shouting homophobic slurs in downtown Toledo, and was hospitalized in critical condition and underwent several surgeries.

Transgender students’ gender identity must be respected, feds say

A new government guidance has LGBT rights advocates "thrilled."

In one short paragraph of a 34-page memo released on Dec. 1, the Department of Education articulated a clear stance on gender identity, saying transgender students in public schools should be enrolled in single-sex classes that align with how they live their lives day-to-day.

Miami-Dade County adds gender protections to human-rights law

MIAMI, Florida -- The Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday night voted 8-3 to amend the existing Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on gender identity or gender expression.

Dozens of anti-gay opponents spoke out during the public hearing against the change to the ordinance.

Transgender girl awarded $75,000 in lawsuit over school restroom access

ORONO, Maine -- A transgender girl who won a precedent-setting state Supreme Judicial Court decision in January after school administrators in Orono made her use a staff bathroom was awarded $75,000 in a lower court settlement last week with the school district.

Although the high court’s ruling in Nicole Maines’ favor largely settled her dispute with the Orono school district, the decision left the two sides to settle the remaining details in Penobscot County Superior Court.

19 years later, parents "retract" birth notice, welcome transgender son

BRISBANE, Australia -- Two loving parents of a transgender man have placed a birth notice in their local newspaper to celebrate the "arrival" of their son Kai, who was born Elizabeth.

Yolanda Bogert and Guy Kershaw put the notice in the Dec. 2 edition of The Courier Mail to correct their "mistake" and place a "retraction."

The 19-year-old, from Brisbane, born Elizabeth Anne now identifies as a man and goes by the name of Kai Bogert.

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