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    Trans woman will be first to stand for Scottish council elections by Stephen Gray 24 November 2011, 10:01am Carol Mapley is the Labour Party s National
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 13 8:15 PM
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      Trans woman will be first to stand for Scottish council elections by Stephen Gray

      24 November 2011, 10:01am

      Carol Mapley is the Labour Party's National Transgender Officer in Scotland

      A social worker and former police officer is set to become Scotland’s first transgender election candidate.

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      Google seeks to improve benefits for trans employees by PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer

      25 November 2011, 12:02pm

      The new policy comes into effect immediately for US staff.The new policy comes into effect immediately for US staff.

      Internet giant Google Inc has confirmed that its US transgendered staff will now be able to access improved corporate healthcare.

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      BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday signed an historic transgender rights bill, giving the state’s estimated 33,000 transgender citizens vital protections against discrimination in employment, housing, education, credit and hate crimes law.

      The Transgender Equal Rights Bill passed in the Massachusetts House on Nov. 15 by a vote of 95-58 vote, and cleared the state’s Senate the following morning when Senators approved the measure on a voice vote and with no opposition.

      The approved version of the bill adds “gender identity” to employment, education, housing, and credit non-discrimination law, as well as to hate crimes law. It did not address public accommodations, however.

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      Court Reviews Ga. Firing of Transgender Woman by Greg Bluestein Associated Press Friday Dec 2, 2011

      A former Georgia state legislative aide who was fired amid her sex change said she was encouraged Thursday after several federal appeals court judges suggested they could rule in her favor.

      Two of the three 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges weighing Vandy Beth Glenn’s case signaled that federal precedents require them to uphold a lower court’s ruling that Glenn was the victim of sex discrimination when she was fired amid a gender transition.

      Glenn, who was formerly known as Glenn Morrison, said she was fired after telling her boss, Sewell Brumby, that she would come to work dressed as a woman during the transition. She said she was told it would be seen as "immoral" by Georgia’s lawmakers.

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      Court: Ga. Transgender Woman Should Get Job Back by Jeff Martin Associated Press Wednesday Dec 7, 2011

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      Rights Group: Coverage For Gender Surgery Jumps by Lisa Leff Associated Press Thursday Dec 8, 2011

      The number of major U.S. companies covering the cost of gender reassignment surgery for transgender workers has more than doubled in the past year, according to a new scorecard compiled by the nation’s largest gay rights group.

      The Human Rights Campaign said in a report to be published Thursday that 207 of the 636 businesses it surveyed for its annual Corporate Equality Index either are already providing transgender- inclusive employee health benefits or plan to at the start of the new year.

      Last year, 85 companies had insurance plans that paid for sex transformation surgeries, and only 49 did in 2009. A decade ago, when the campaign launched the index, none did.

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    • Affirmation: United Methodists
      Transgender Student Suit Goes to Maine High Court by David Sharp Associated Press
      Message 2 of 5 , Jun 30, 2013

        Transgender Student Suit Goes to Maine High Court

        by David Sharp

        Associated Press

        Wednesday Jun 12, 2013


        Lawyers for a transgender girl and an elementary school that required the fifth-grader to use a staff bathroom instead of the girls restroom clashed before Maine’s highest court Wednesday over whether her rights were violated, a case that lays bare the difficult decisions facing school administrators.


        The family and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued, but a judge in the state’s lower Superior Court ruled that the Orono school district acted within its discretion by requiring her to use a staff bathroom after there was a complaint about the student using the girls bathroom.





        Boston Police Department Adopt Transgender Inclusive Policy

        by Jason St. Amand

        National News Editor

        Wednesday Jun 12, 2013


        The Boston Police Department officials have revealed new policies that aim to make transgender criminals suspects feel more inclusive, the Boston Herald reports.


        Under the new rules, transgender criminal suspects can demand that police call them by their adopted names, choose whether a male or female officer frisk them and get a personal, private ride to court. Boston Police Commissioner, Edward F, revealed the policies this week.





        Calif. Bill Supporting Transgender Students Goes to the Senate Floor

        Thursday Jun 13, 2013


        On Wednesday, the California Senate Education Committee passed AB 1266 (Ammiano), the School Success and Opportunity Act, a bill that provides crucial support for transgender students, by a vote of 5-2. The bill will ensure that California public schools understand their responsibility for the success and well-being of all students, including transgender students, and will allow transgender students to fully participate in all school activities, programs, and facilities. AB 1266 is authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, and is co-authored by Senator Mark Leno, Senator Ricardo Lara and Assemblymember Toni Atkins.





        ’M’ Or ’F’? Outdated IDs Worry Transgender People

        by Lisa Leff

        Associated Press

        Saturday Jun 15, 2013


        Lauren Grey didn’t think much about the gender recorded on her Illinois driver’s license until she went to test-drive a new car. Although she had been living as a woman for months and easily obtained a license with her new name and a picture reflecting her feminine appearance, Grey’s ID still identified her as male, puzzling the salesmen and prompting uncomfortable questions.

        "They are like, `This doesn’t match.’ Then you have to go into the story: `I was born male, but now I’m not,’" said Grey, 38, a graphic designer living in suburban Chicago. "And they are like, `What does that mean?’ It was super embarrassing." Similarly awkward conversations ensued when she tried to rent an apartment, went to bars or was taken out of airport security lines for inspection.





        Transgender Candidate Could Become a First in NYC

        by Jennifer Peltz

        Associated Press

        Tuesday Jun 18, 2013


        Mel Wymore is a typical city council candidate in many ways, campaigning as a community board appointee, ex-PTA chair and founder of a roster of local organizations. But Wymore’s community-leader resume has an unusual feature: He built much of it while he was a woman.

        If he wins, Wymore would be the first openly transgender officeholder in the nation’s biggest city and one of only a handful ever in the U.S., though his campaign isn’t emphasizing his personal story - or sidestepping it.





        Delaware Gov. Jack Markell Signs Transgender Bill into Law

        by John Riley

        Metro Weekly

        Thursday Jun 20, 2013


        Gov. Jack Markell (D) Wednesday evening signed into law a transgender rights bill that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, insurance and public accommodations and includes gender identity as a protected class under Delaware’s hate-crimes law.

        Shortly before signing, the bill passed the Senate 11-9 after being amended to clarify the meaning of gender identity. It passed the House 24-17 a day earlier. With Markell’s signature, the First State joins 16 others and the District of Columbia in extending employment and housing protections to transgender people.





        Medical study: Trans hormone treatment is safe and effective

        by Aaron Day
        20 June 2013, 12:20pm


        A recent study has shown that hormone treatment for transgender patients is both safe and effective.





        Rights Case Ruling Favors Transgender 6-Year-Old

        Associated Press

        Monday Jun 24, 2013


        A 6-year-old transgender girl will be able to return to school after winning the right to use the girls’ bathroom.

        The New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund announced the ruling in favor of Coy Mathis on Sunday. Lawyers plan to explain the ruling Monday in Denver.



      • Affirmation: United Methodists
        Ed Miliband: The terrible death of Lucy Meadows shows the trans community still face prejudice by Ed Miliband
        Message 3 of 5 , Jul 16, 2013

          Ed Miliband: ‘The terrible death of Lucy Meadows shows the trans community still face prejudice’

          by Ed Miliband
          28 June 2013, 1:16pm


          Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband says he is “delighted” to be supporting this weekend’s Pride in London event, but adds the death of transgender teacher Lucy Meadows in March of this year shows more needs to be done to end prejudice in society.





          California Lawmakers Pass K-12 Transgender Rights Bill

          Associated Press

          Thursday Jul 4, 2013


          SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity instead of their chromosomes.


          Some school districts around the country have implemented similar policies, but the bill’s author says AB1266 would mark the first time a state has mandated such treatment by statute.






          California passes bill protecting Trans students despite claims teenagers will be molested in bathrooms

          by Aaron Day
          5 July 2013, 4:57pm


          California lawmakers have passed a bill allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and gain sports team memberships according to their gender identity.





          New Zealand: Green Party urges government to protect trans prisoners

          by Corinne Pinfold
          7 July 2013, 8:35am


          New Zealand’s Green Party has urged the government to speed up its review of policy concerning transgender prison inmates. The party warns that the drawn-out review has put the safety of trans people at risk.





          Family publishes poetry of murdered trans woman Andrea Waddell

          by Scott Roberts
          11 July 2013, 4:42pm


          A collection of poetry by Andrea Waddell, a trans woman who was murdered in Brighton in October 2009, has been published with the support of her family.




        • Affirmation: United Methodists
          D.C. Council Unanimously Passes Birth-Certificate Bill by John Riley Metro Weekly
          Message 4 of 5 , Jul 22, 2013

            D.C. Council Unanimously Passes Birth-Certificate Bill

            by John Riley

            Metro Weekly

            Saturday Jul 6, 2013


            The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill last week that makes it easier for transgender and intersex individuals to obtain new birth certificates reflecting their correct gender and name, while simplifying and streamlining the current process of amending such information.




            Breakthrough Settlement in Trans Harassment Case

            by John Riley

            Metro Weekly

            Saturday Jul 20, 2013


            The national LGBT organizations Freedom to Work and Lambda Legal announced Monday they had reached a settlement with a government contractor based in Maryland on behalf of a transgender woman who said she had been harassed on the job.



          • Affirmation: United Methodists
            US: Trans activists hope new campaign group can help end transphobic military ban by Scott Roberts 23
            Message 5 of 5 , Aug 4, 2013

              US: Trans activists hope new campaign group can help end transphobic military ban

              by Scott Roberts
              23 July 2013, 4:47pm


              Several transgender campaigners have announced they are splitting away from America’s largest LGBT military service member advocacy group and forming a new organisation.




              Teen delivers petitions urging Calif. governor to sign transgender school bill

              Staff Reports

              Thursday, August 1, 2013


              SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A 16-year-old transgender teen from Manteca, Calif., on Wednesday delivered petitions containing more that 6,000 signatures urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign legislation that would change the way California public schools treat transgender students.


              Ashton Lee says the bill, approved by California lawmakers on July 3, would make school a lot better for him and other transgender students.


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