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  1. "A French court refused on Thursday to recognise as a woman a transsexual man who changed gender but remained married to his wife, arguing that to do so would be to recognising gay marriage..."

    Read the article: Oz court refuses to recognise gay marriage
  2. "Valerie Villalta, now 30, found that new life as a transgender woman, and in the process, won a kind of protection she didn’t even know was possible for people like her: asylum..."

    Read the news article (photo): Transgender immigrant finds new life, protection in D.C
  3. Bradley Manning's gender identity comes up in testimony

    Most recognize the name of Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking millions of pages of classified documents to the online site wikileaks.com. This is considered to be the largest intelligence leak in US history. The United States has charged manning with 22 counts of violating military codes including theft of records and aiding the enemy. Conviction of the latter would probably result in a life sentence but could also subject him to the death penalty.

    Recently, details are emerging about Manning which reveal he may have been struggling with gender identity issues. Military documentation refers to a photo where Manning was dressed as a female.

    Fort George G. Meade, Maryland (CNN)
    -- "Defense lawyers... brought up Saturday a purported female alter ego of Bradley Manning's as they seek to establish his state of mind at the time of the alleged crimes... the Army private had an alter ego with the name, Breanna Manning. The agent said he was aware Manning used the name in online chats... During questioning by Manning's lawyer, it was revealed that Manning kept a folder of articles about gender identity disorder in his living quarters..."
    Read the CNN news article: Bradley Manning's gender identity comes up in testimony
  4. The Next Battle
    The question of trans service could be getting a big boost with the focus OutServe has decided to give it

    "The new issue of OutServe Magazine, which is available online and at select military bases and outside of certain installations across the world, takes on what it calls 'The New DADT: Transgender Service.''

    Read the article online: The Next Battle
  5. New airport screening regs raise questions for trans Canadians

    "A recent regulatory change that the Harper Conservatives have made to the Aeronautics Act (i.e. passed by ministerial fiat, rather than shepherded through Parliamentary process) that potentially affects many trans (and cis) Canadians and could even ban some from air travel"

    Read the article online: New airport screening regs raise questions for trans Canadians

    Here is a copy of the new regulations (note section 5.2(1)c;

    Sec 5.2(1) An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if
    a. the passenger presents a piece of photo identification and does not resemble the photograph;
    b. the passenger does not appear to be the age indicated by the date of birth on the identification he or she presents;
    c. the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents; or
    d. the passenger presents more than one form of identification and there is a major discrepancy between those forms of identification.

    (2) Despite paragraph (1)(a), an air carrier may transport a passenger who presents a piece of photo identification but does not resemble the photograph if
    a. the passenger’s appearance changed for medical reasons after the photograph was taken and the passenger presents the air carrier with a document signed by a health care professional and attesting to that fact; or
    b. the passengers’s face is bandaged for medical reasons and the passenger presents the air carrier with a document signed by a health care professional and attesting to that fact.

    5.3 (1) If there is a major discrepancy between the name on the identification presented by a passenger and the name on the passenger’s boarding pass, an air carrier shall compare the name, date of birth and gender on the identification with those of persons specified to the air carrier by the Minister under paragraph 4.81(1)b of the Act. (2) If the name, date of birth and gender on the identification are the same as those of a person specified to the air carrier, the air carrier shall immediately so inform the Minister.
  6. "A new federal rule being published this week will greatly increase protections against housing discrimination for the LGBT community... The new rule, which will go into effect 30 days after being published, makes several crucial changes to current housing and housing-related programs..."

    Read the news article: New federal rules ensure equal access to HUD housing for LGBT Americans


    NOTE: These new regulations will require all religious groups who are involved in federally assisted housing facilities to accept gay and transgender people, and to treat them fairly. This change is brought about primarily by the new definition of the word "family," which will be defined as at least two people living together, regardless of marital status, or actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Additionally, surviving partners of AIDS victims will also be provided protections from discrimination under the new regulations.

  7. Transgender German Girl Faces Being Institutionalized By Father Who Rejects Her Gender Expression

    "International lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activists are expressing concern over reports that an 11-year-old German transgender girl is in danger of being institutionalized..."

    Read the news article: Transgender German Girl Faces Being Institutionalized By Father Who Rejects Her Gender Expression

    A petition on Change.org in support of Alex is rapidly gaining signatures.

    View and sign the petition in support of Alex. I have signed -- will you join me?
  8. BOSTON -- "State Rep. John Fernandes, D-Milford, was recognized today at the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts Legislative Breakfast... Fernandes was among several other lawmakers who were honored today for helping advance priorities of the Women's Bar Association, which also included legislation for anti-human trafficking and transgender civil rights..."

    Read more: Rep. Fernandes honored by law group
  9. CAMDEN, NJ — "A new class at the Rutgers School of Law in Camden focuses on a little-talked-about and yet controversial aspect of civil rights law: the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community.

    It deals with the equality, privacy, personal autonomy and freedom of expression for LGBT..."

    Read more: Rutgers Law class studies LGBT rights
  10. WASHINGTON, DC -- "A District man convicted of attacking a transgender woman last summer in Northwest Washington was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

    Russell Brock-Smith, 26, from Washington, D.C., was convicted of assault with intent to rob in November..."

    Read and news article: D.C. Man Gets 15-Year Sentence for Transgender Assault


    We've seen other reports of transgender attacks in Washington, DC. It leads me to wonder if DC is a particularly dangerous place for transgender people.
  11. UK -- Sex addict Crystal Warren, who was controversially asked by This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes whether she would consider becoming a prostitute, has revealed that she was born a man.

    Read more: Eamonn Holmes’ sex addict gaffe victim revealed to be transgender


    Sensationalism in the talk shows. I guess it's good for ratings.
  12. This is a Developing Story that happened yesterday evening (2/2/12)

    WASHINGTON, DC -- Police are investigating a fatal stabbing at a Metrobus stop Thursday evening involving a transgender victim.

    Read the news article: Transgender Person Dies After Stabbing


    This is yet another crime against a transgender person in the DC area.

  13. India -- "Setting an example in affirmative action, the Karnataka high court on Saturday appointed a 27-year-old transgender as a Class IV employee. The landmark move could perhaps be the first of its kind in the country. C Anu, a resident of Haleguddadahalli, off Mysore Road, will be in the ranks of the 5,500-odd strong workforce of HC from Monday..."

    Read the news article: Karnataka High Court appoints transgender employee
  14. MEXICO -- "Diana Sanchez Barrios, the first transsexual woman to seek a seat in Mexico City's municipal assembly, says she is confident of winning..."

    Read the news article: Transsexual runs for office in Mexico
  15. Atlanta Journal Constitution
    By Shelia M. Poole: "The executive director of YouthPride, an Atlanta organization that serves lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens and young adults, said a decline in funding could force the nonprofit to scale back programs or even close later..."

    Read More: Bad economy forces decline in funding for YouthPride
  16. Quinnipiac Chronicle
    At an event sponsored by the Student Programming Board in Buckman Theater on Friday, King, the first ever transgendered “ANTM” cycle 11 contestant, spoke about the struggles, transitions and triumphs that have shaped the person she is today.

    Read More: Transgender 'Top Model' Promotes Acceptance
  17. Sacramento Bee
    Savage is a syndicated sex advice columnist whose anti-bullying campaign is being touted as a positive force for young people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, in 2003 likened ...

    Read More: Gay rights activist Dan Savage brings 'It Gets Better Project' to North Texas
  18. Times of India
    CHENNAI: Shunned and traumatized as a youngster, 25-year-old Bharathi now preaches to a congregation of 45 respectful parishioners, including 14 families, as India's first transgender pastor. Bharathi, who completed her bachelor's degree in theology ...

    Read More: Meet India's first transgender pastor
  19. "A transsexual former RAF sergeant has been jailed for eight months after he was discovered offering sex services with a 15-year-old boy..."

    Read the news article: Former RAF sergeant, 60, revealed as transsexual named Foxy Roxy is jailed for offering kinky sex with boy
  20. Black church reaches out to gay, transgender teens

    “It’s a big risk they are taking in the black community,’’ said Joseph, an 18-year-old African-American college student who is gay. “There’s already enough stigma in the church. But this is a church that is accepting of all races and sexual orientations.’’

    "Union United Methodist leaders say the Youth Space drop-in center is an extension of their open and affirming mission to follow the teachings of Christ and serve all people, including those in the margins of society and those who have been disenfranchised..."

    Read the news article: Black church reaches out to gay, transgender teens
  21. Blogger Vanessa Pinto was published in Huffington Post.

    "Trans people have it rougher than most when it comes to medical care, bigotry, and hate crimes. I hear more and more stories about terrible things that happen to transgender people, from how they are treated by doctors, EMTs, and people as a whole. Society has a really hard time with trans people. While we are making gains towards tolerance, it is still very slow in coming..."

    Read the article: Help In A HandBasket
  22. Tulane University -- "Organizations including the Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Queer Student Alliance, and the Mpowerment project are striving to create a more open and comfortable environment for Tulane students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning or curious..."

    Read the article: Accepted & Valued?
  23. BOISE, Idaho — "Tears of outrage erupted from a near-capacity crowd numbering around 300 in the Capitol auditorium after Senate Republicans rejected even considering updates to Idaho's Human Rights Act to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination..."

    Read the news article: Senate vote nixes discrimination protections for Idaho gays, lesbians; crowd tearful, outraged
  24. Philippines -- STRAP strongly opposes these legislative measures because they will make sex change in the birth certificate completely impossible for those who seek it. Read STRAP's position paper

    Read the article: Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) opposes House Bill No. 4530 and Senate Bill 3113
  25. "The Baltimore County Council is primed to pass a measure protecting transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations, but opponents of the change continue to attack transgender people as threats to women’s safety..."

    Read the article: Baltimore County Residents Decry, Belittle Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections