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.
Well, we have no explanation for it. Life got complicated, and we’ve let some of the news pile up for a bit.
Inspirational mother explains challenges of raising a trans child
Nancy Pelosi warns about ‘heartbreaking’ spike in transgender murders
Attorneys for Transgender Student Ask for New Judge
by Larry O'Dell
Wednesday Oct 21, 2015
Stonewall sets up trans advisory board to guide transgender campaign work
Beautiful children’s book about a trans teddy takes world by storm
The new children’s book which explores issues faced by transgender people has garnered international praise. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/10/28/beautiful-childrens-book-about-a-trans-teddy-takes-world-by-storm/
Obama administration backs transgender boy’s right to use men’s bathroom
The Obama administration has spoken out in favour of a trans boy in Virginia – after he was banned from using male toilets. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/10/30/obama-administration-backs-transgender-boys-right-to-use-mens-bathroom/
US: School district violated transgender student's rights
Nov. 2, 2015 10:45 PM EST
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education said Monday that a suburban Chicago school district is violating the rights of a transgender student by refusing to allow her the unrestricted use of a girls' locker room.
For transgender community, Argentine girl sign of hope
Nov. 4, 2015 1:50 PM EST
MERLO, Argentina (AP) — Luana grabs her sparkly blue dress with one hand and spins, using her other hand as a guide while a strand of tulle floats around her body.
Reform Jews Approve Far-Reaching Transgender Resolution
The largest movement of Judaism in the U.S. passed the most far-reaching resolution in support of transgender rights of any major religious organization, saying Thursday that it's a continuation of a tradition of inclusion in the Reform Jewish movement. http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?188408
US: School District Violated Transgender Student's Rights
The U.S. Department of Education said Monday that a suburban Chicago school district is violating the rights of a transgender student by refusing to allow her the unrestricted use of a girls' locker room.
Transgender woman in Zambia convicted of sodomy
A report indicates that a transgender woman in Zambia faces 15 years in prison after a judge found her guilty of sodomy.
The Perfect "Trans-storm"
Many people are familiar with the term, "the perfect storm" that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will impact a situation drastically. I truly believe we are now in "a perfect storm" for the fight for equality including workplace and health benefits for transgender people. Many positive recent happenings have now all aligned so that there is a tremendous focus on understanding and appreciating this misunderstood and often maligned segment of our population.
Comments on Lily Allen’s post about Trans Awareness Week show exactly why we need it
To mark Transgender Awareness Week, Lily Allen posted a meme to her Facebook page.
The post reads “gender is up here”, pointing to a brain, “not down there”, pointing to some underpants.
However the post attracted a number a transphobic comments.
First clinic for transgender veterans opens
The Department for Veterans Affairs has opened a clinic for transgender veterans, a first for the US. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/11/13/first-clinic-for-transgender-veterans-opens/
Transgender Driver Lawsuit to Move Forward in Michigan
NCTE Lauds HUD's Proposed Rule to Protect Transgender People in Shelters
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed an important rule requiring shelters to treat transgender people according to their gender identity in emergency shelters.
Ind. College to Rebrand 14 Campus Restrooms as 'All Gender'
Thursday Nov 19, 2015
Officials at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have announced a plan to re-label 14 restrooms across campus as "All Gender."
House Equality Caucus Holds Landmark Congressional Forum on Trans Violence
Wednesday Nov 18, 2015
The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus hosted a landmark forum addressing issues of violence against the transgender community. The forum was held on November 17 at 2 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building. Members of Congress heard testimony from survivors of violence, community organizers, advocates and policy experts.
Homicides of Transgender Women in US Reach Alarming High
by David Crary
Sunday Nov 22, 2015
For a few transgender Americans, this has been a year of glamour and fame. For many others, 2015 has been fraught with danger, violence and mourning.
Transgender Driver Lawsuit to Move Forward in Michigan
Saturday Nov 21, 2015
A judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of transgender people against Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.
Detroit Responds to Killing of Transgender Women
Friday Nov 20, 2015
Transgender Insurance Exclusions Lifted in Maryland
by John Riley
Saturday Nov 28, 2015
The majority of Maryland's transgender residents will be able to have medically necessary health care treatments covered by insurance, following a groundbreaking announcement by FreeState Legal.
Trans Victims Recalled at Day of Remembrance
by Cynthia Laird
Saturday Nov 28, 2015
A somber remembrance of transgender people who have been killed in the last year included some closure for one three-year old Oakland case as police announced that it had been solved.
Trans Employees Open Up About Workplace Issues
by Sari Staver
Saturday Nov 28, 2015
Accomplished opera singer Breanna Sinclaire, recently honored by Out magazine as one of the top 100 LGBT advocates of the year, still worries when she applies for a job or meets new co-workers.
Wisc. School Bullied By Hate Group Into Cancelling Reading of Book About Trans Kid
Sunday Nov 29, 2015
MOUNT HOREB, Wis. -- A southern Wisconsin elementary school cancelled a planned reading of a children's book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue.
Asia’s first trans health and support centre opens in Bangkok
The centre will be dedicated to providing help, support and health treatment for the city’s trans community.
Religious Colleges Seek Waivers on Transgender Students
by Lisa Leff
Friday Dec 18, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nearly three dozen religious colleges and universities in 20 U.S. states have received federal waivers allowing them not to accommodate transgender students in admissions, housing and other areas of campus life, according to a report by the nation's largest LGBT rights group and documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Transgender Rights Group Sues State Over Care Limitation
by Kyle Potter and Brian Bakst
Friday Dec 18, 2015
A Minnesota gay rights advocacy group and a transgender man are seeking to overturn the state's bar on public health programs covering gender reassignment procedures in a lawsuit filed Thursday, arguing that ban treats transgender men and women as inferior.
Fraught Trans Process Exposed
by Jason Hanasik
Sunday Dec 20, 2015
Sweat is pooling beneath Eliot Daughtry's freshly-pressed white shirt, cerulean tie and khaki vest as he walks up and down Franklin Street in Oakland. It's 86 degrees and his jeans are beginning to stick. As the shutter from a camera releases, his furrowed brow softens and he grins. Click.
New York city government issues strong warning against transphobia
Transgender people have had some legal protection in New York since 2002 but the guidelines further clarify what qualifies as discrimination under ‘The New York City Human Rights Law’ and contains examples of transphobic discrimination that violates the law.
Transgender Man in Ecuador Makes History With Pregnancy
by Jacobo Garcia
Thursday Dec 24, 2015
A couple in Ecuador is making history with a unique pregnancy: The father-to-be is carrying the baby of his transgender partner.
Eddie Redmayne: Reading 'Danish Girl' Script Was Like Getting 'Sucker-Punched'
Updated December 28, 20151:51 PM ET Published December 24, 20154:16 PM ET
Actor Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar last year for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Now he's been nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in another biopic, The Danish Girl. The film tells the story of transgender woman Lili Elbe, one of the first people known to have had gender reassignment surgery.
New VA Clinic Opens For Transgender Vets
Updated December 29, 20158:17 PM ET Published December 29, 20154:07 PM ET
A Veterans Affairs hospital in Tucson, Ariz., is expanding treatment to a previously underserved faction of the armed services: transgender veterans.
The Year in Transgender Health
by Winnie McCroy
Wednesday Dec 30, 2015
From the high-profile but ultimately disappointing transition of Caitlyn Jenner to the excellent media representations of the transgender community by Laverne Cox, Janet Mock and their peers, to the everyday struggle of transgender folks in our own communities, it's been a very visible year for the transgender struggle.
State Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills Threaten Transgender Health
Tuesday Jan 5, 2016