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    Transgender Coloradans Face Daunting Obstacles by Lindsay Miller EDGE Contributor Thursday Nov 8, 2012 According to the Colorado findings of the National
    Message 1 of 7 , Jan 3, 2013
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      Transgender Coloradans Face Daunting Obstacles

      by Lindsay  Miller

      EDGE Contributor

      Thursday Nov 8, 2012

      According to the Colorado findings of the National Transgender Discrimination Study, transgender Coloradans still face serious obstacles in the form of discrimination that affects nearly every aspect of their lives, from workplace discrimination to unemployment to homelessness to health care inequalities.




      San Francisco Plans to Provide Transgender Surgeries

      by Lisa Leff

      Associated Press

      Friday Nov 9, 2012

      SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents.

      The city’s Health Commission voted Tuesday to create a comprehensive program for treating transgender people experiencing mental distress because of the mismatch between their bodies and their gender identities. San Francisco already provides transgender residents with hormones, counseling and routine health services, but has stopped short of offering surgical interventions, Public Health Director Barbara Garcia said Thursday after the vote was announced.




      Transgender Pakistanis Face Society’s Scorn

      by Anjum Naveed

      Associated Press

      Friday Nov 9, 2012

      RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Dressed up in elaborate, feminine outfits and artfully applied makeup, they are showered with money while dancing at all-male wedding parties. But the lives of transgender people in Pakistan are also marked by harassment, rejection and poverty.




      Canada: Trans student banned from using male toilets

      by Scott Roberts
      15 November 2012, 7:26pm

      A transgender male student in Ontario, Canada, has allegedly been barred from using the men’s toilet at school.




      Transgender Woman First to Win Office in Cuba

      by Andrea Rodriguez

      Associated Press

      Saturday Nov 17, 2012

      HAVANA -- Adela Hernandez, a biologically male Cuban who has lived as a female since childhood, served two years in prison in the 1980s for "dangerousness" after her own family denounced her sexuality.

      This month she made history by becoming the first known transgender person to hold public office in Cuba, winning election as a delegate to the municipal government of Caibarien in the central province of Villa Clara.




      Documentary follows trans teen during Miss England competition

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      21 November 2012, 1:28am

      A trans teenager is the focus of a new BBC documentary, which follows her though the heats of a beauty pageant, the prestige of which she wants to use to become a role model for young trans people.




      Transgendered Student to Return to Kan. Elementary School

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Friday Dec 14, 2012

      According to TLDEF, the child (named "Emma" here to protect her identity; nor was the school identified), was diagnosed with Juvenile Gender Identity Disorder. Her parents had requested the school district to transfer her to a new elementary school that would allow her to wear girls’ clothes and to be called by her own name rather than her male birth name.




      Transgender College Hoops Player Keeps Head High

      by Lisa Leff

      Associated Press

      Friday Dec 14, 2012

      SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The women’s basketball team at Mission College expected the bleachers to be full and the hecklers ready when its newest player made her home court debut.

      In the days leading up to the game, people had plenty to say about 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound Gabrielle Ludwig, who joined the Lady Saints as a mid-season walk-on and became, according to advocates, the first transsexual to play college hoops as both a man and a woman.




      U.S. Psychiatrists: Transgender No Longer a Mental ’Disorder’

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Monday Dec 31, 2012

      Before the term was removed, the manual, known as DSM-5, classified a man who believe he was supposed to be a woman as someone who was mentally ill. Now, the updated DSM refers to "gender dysphoria," which is for individuals who feel distressed by their gender identity.


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      Trans woman accuses Post Office of discrimination for refusing to open a savings account by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      Message 2 of 7 , Jan 16, 2013
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        Trans woman accuses Post Office of discrimination for refusing to open a savings account

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        12 January 2013, 10:33pm


        Fiona said she was unable to open an account, and feared that some of her initial deposit would be lost

        A trans woman from Lancaster has accused the Post Office of discrimination, after she was denied a savings account because her drivers license still contained her former name.





        Oregon & California health insurance companies told to cover transgender patients

        by Scott Roberts
        15 January 2013, 1:31pm


        Regulators in Oregon and California have directed several health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender patients because of their gender identity.





        Ore., Calif., Require Transgender Health Coverage

        by Jonathan J. Cooper

        Associated Press

        Tuesday Jan 15, 2013


        Regulators in Oregon and California have quietly directed some health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender patients because of their gender identity.


        The states aren’t requiring coverage of specific medical treatments. But they told some private insurance companies they must pay for a transgender person’s hormone therapy, breast reduction, cancer screening or any other procedure deemed medically necessary if they cover it for patients who aren’t transgender.




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        Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act Introduced in Maryland Senate by John Riley Metro Weekly
        Message 3 of 7 , Feb 9, 2013
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          Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act Introduced in Maryland Senate

          by John Riley

          Metro Weekly

          Thursday Jan 31, 2013


          LGBT allies in the Maryland General Assembly introduced a bill Tuesday that would extend nondiscrimination protections to transgender individuals in the Free State, prohibiting the denial of employment, housing or credit based solely on a person’s gender identity or expression.





          UK: Housing association refuse to relocate trans woman away from phobic neighbours and say it is ‘lifestyle choice’

          by Corinne Pinfold
          1 February 2013, 10:13am


          A trans woman in Middlesbrough who tried to change her housing after being harassed by neighbours was refused help by staff, who told her it was her “choice” to be transgender.





          Polish Transgender Lawmaker Loses Shot at Top Post

          by Vanessa Gera

          Associated Press

          Friday Feb 8, 2013


          As a man, she once wore a thick beard. Now, Poland’s first transsexual lawmaker favors big dangly earrings, her hair in a bob.



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          Oregon, California regulators require transgender health coverage Associated Press SALEM, Ore. -
          Message 4 of 7 , Feb 18, 2013
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            Oregon, California regulators require transgender health coverage

            Associated Press


            SALEM, Ore. — Regulators in Oregon and California have quietly directed some health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender patients because of their gender identity.





            Brown University to Cover Sexual Reassignment


            by Jason St. Amand

            Web Producer / Staff Writer

            Monday Feb 11, 2013


            The Brown Daily Herald, Brown University’s student newspaper, has announced that the college’s new health insurance plan will cover "14 different sexual reassignment surgery procedures starting in August."


            Brown University Director of Insurance and Purchasing Services Jeanne Herbert confirmed the health plan change in an email to the newspaper. "We identified this as an important benefit for students to have access to," Hebert wrote.





            Terrence Higgins Trust launches extensive online trans health service

            by Amy Ashenden
            12 February 2013, 5:09pm


            UK HIV and sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), announces its launch of a new health and wellbeing advice service for transgender people.





            Mass. Department of Education issues rules in support of transgender pupils

            By JAY LINDSAY
            Associated Press


            BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Education on Friday issued directives for handling transgender students, including allowing them to use the bathrooms or play on the sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify.





            Trans MP Anna Grodzka says homophobia and transphobia means people are leaving Poland

            by Dom Sansalone
            18 February 2013, 12:48pm


            Anna Grodzka, Europe’s first transgender MP spoke out about poverty and social exclusion in the LGBT community on Sunday at the National Lesbian and Gay Federation Conference in Dublin.




          • Affirmation: United Methodists
            UK: National Transgender Memorial vandalised by Scott Roberts 7
            Message 5 of 7 , Aug 18, 2013
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              UK: National Transgender Memorial vandalised

              by Scott Roberts
              7 August 2013, 2:14pm


              A memorial to remember victims of transphobic hate crime has been vandalised in Manchester.




              Turkish Government urged to protect transgender women from murder

              by Scott Roberts
              6 August 2013, 7:07pm


              The Greek Transgender Support Association (GTSA) has condemned a series of violent attacks and murders against transgender women in Turkey and has called on the Turkish Government to respond.




              California Governor Signs Transgender-Student Bill

              by Tom Verdin

              Associated Press

              Monday Aug 12, 2013


              SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California on Monday became the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.




              Transgender students to be granted more rights in California

              by Daniel Carter
              13 August 2013, 1:41pm


              Legislation passed in California will grant sweeping new rights to transgender students attending public schools in the state.



            • Affirmation: United Methodists
              Germany: Birth certificates to gain third gender option by Corinne Pinfold 18
              Message 6 of 7 , Sep 5, 2013
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                Germany: Birth certificates to gain third gender option

                by Corinne Pinfold
                18 August 2013, 11:34am

                From November this year, Germany will become the first country in Europe to introduce a third option for assigning gender on birth certificates, giving parents the choice to leave the child’s gender indeterminate.




                German Law Change to Brings Recognition to a Third Sex

                by Sergio N. Candido

                South Florida Gay News

                Wednesday Aug 21, 2013


                Germany is about to join the small list of countries who legally recognize intersex people.

                According to The Local, a ruling from the Federal Constitutional Court will come into effect this November, which will allow intersex people to decide their own sex when they decide to do so.




                August 20, 2013 7:00AM

                The Religious Right's New Target: Transgender People

                Post by Candace Chellew-Hodge


                One of the most frustrating, and often infuriating things about religious conservatives is their stubborn penchant for dividing the world into either/or categories. People are either straight or gay, white or black, male or female, religious or atheist. And of course if you're on the right side of the dichotomy, you're on the right side of God. Anyone else is at best inferior and at worst, a sinner damned to hell.



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