Gender Politics

TONIGHT: Transgender Day of Empowerment at The Center

SAN DIEGO, California -- The 12th annual Transgender Day of Empowerment will be held tonight at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

The event is designed to celebrate the diversity and strength of San Diego's Trans* community and includes speakers, entertainments, awards, and refreshments.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event which begins at 6 pm. Also, the Hillcrest Pride Flag will fly the transgender flag all day long.

For more information click HERE.

Court orders California prison to provide treatment for transgender prisoner

Transgender Law Center, along with pro-bono co-counsel from the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, on Thursday won a historic preliminary injunction ordering the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to provide adequate medical care, including gender-affirming surgery, to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, a transgender woman being held in a men’s prison.

Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates the trans community

Today, March 31st, is International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV). Started by Rachel Crandall in 2010, the day aims to celebrate those in the trans community, as well as raise awareness of the pervasive discrimination that many transgender people face.

Feds sue SOSU, allege discrimination against transgender professor

OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Southeastern Oklahoma State University, alleging the school in Durant discriminated against a transgender professor and then fired her after she complained.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Oklahoma City, the department alleges the university denied assistant professor Rachel Tudor a promotion despite a recommendation from her department chair and other tenured faculty from her department.

Texas prison officials agree to place transgender woman in Safekeeping

HOUSTON, Texas – The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (“TDCJ”) announced that it will place Lambda Legal client Passion Star in Safekeeping, effective Monday, as had been requested in an emergency motion filed earlier this month to protect her from further sexual assault and threats to her life.

Passion Star is a transgender woman currently incarcerated in a TDCJ male facility.

Sweden adds gender-neutral pronoun to dictionary

The official dictionary of the Swedish language will introduce a gender-neutral pronoun in April, editors at the Swedish Academy have announced.

“Hen” will be added to “han” (he) and “hon” (she) as one of 13,000 new words in the latest edition of the Swedish Academy’s SAOL.

The pronoun is used to refer to a person without revealing their gender – either because it is unknown, because the person is transgender, or the speaker or writer deems the gender to be superfluous information.

Gay student told his outfit was "distracting," inspiring hashtag #ClothingHasNoGender

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The student, Morgan Ball, 17, said he was wearing a white T-shirt with a black shawl over it, jeans, a fashion belt and lace gloves. He also had on jewelry and make-up.

Misunderstood: Transgender in the military

Few people in America face more discrimination and are more misunderstood than transgender people. Often, it is the misunderstanding that leads to the discrimination. Tuesday night, the "CBS Evening News" with Scott Pelley will try to shed some much-needed light on their world by telling the story of Landon Wilson, who was kicked out the U.S. military simply because he is transgender.

For some in transgender community, it’s never too late to make a change

One Friday night last fall, 50 well-dressed guests piled into an apartment in Hell’s Kitchen for a party celebrating Sheela-Marie Padgett, a 57-year-old former dancer with the New York City Ballet.

Waiters passed drinks before a buffet dinner of fancy Indian food was presented. Then came a chocolate cake from the Erotic Bakery made in the shape of corseted showgirl with a male appendage. It was sliced up and served to the crowd.

After backlash, Saks Fifth Avenue settles suit with transgender employee

Last week, Saks Fifth Avenue announced that is settled an employee discrimination suit with Leyth Jamal, a transgender woman in Texas.

Jamal filed an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 alleging discrimination and harassment/hostile work environment based on her gender identity. Saks’ legal response asserted that Title VII protections don’t apply to transgender employees.