Trans woman accuses Post Office of discrimination for refusing to open a savings account
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
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
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.
Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act Introduced in Maryland Senate
by John Riley
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’
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
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.
Oregon, California regulators require transgender health coverage
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
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
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
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.
UK: National Transgender Memorial vandalised
A memorial to remember victims of transphobic hate crime has been vandalised in Manchester.
Turkish Government urged to protect transgender women from murder
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
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
Legislation passed in California will grant sweeping new rights to transgender students attending public schools in the state.
Germany: Birth certificates to gain third gender option
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
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.