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  1. Written by Lisa Neff, Staff writer
    Oct 22, 2012

    LGBT groups say new, stricter voter ID laws in some states – and even confusion about what laws are enforceable on Nov. 6 – threaten the rights of thousands of transgender voters.

    “New voter ID laws have created costly barriers to voting for many trans people,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “And much worse, the debate about voter ID laws has made even the idea of voting harder, so many of us may feel discouraged from even trying to vote on Election Day. Our message is: Don’t let them scare you into giving up your vote.”

    New laws puts transgender voting rights at risk


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  2. Filed: Thursday, October 25, 2012
    A transgender Army veteran has been named to head the newly combined organization advocating for the interests of LGBT service members.

    Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, on Thursday announced the selection of Allyson Robinson to lead the newly combined organization. Robinson assumes the post as the two organizations are slated to finalize their combination this weekend.

    Allyson Robinson

    A combining of the two organizations was announced in July.

    Transgender Army veteran tapped to lead LGBT military advocacy group
  3. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D., Posted: 11/08/2012 10:01 pm
    "This year has witnessed transgender pioneers set impressive precedent in the ongoing struggle against the multiple levels of discrimination faced by the community. In June activist and attorney Kylar Broadus became the first transgender witness to testify before the Senate, relaying his experience of discrimination in defense of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). A few months earlier the Transgender Law Center led a landmark case that resulted in an EEOC ruling that extended employment protection rights to transgender individuals throughout the country."

    Continuing the Fight for Transgender Rights
  4. Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who became known internationally in 2009 for being jailed for marrying her partner, has spoken out on Malawi

    09 December 2012 | By Joe Morgan
    "A transgender woman who was jailed for 14 years under Malawi’s anti-gay laws has spoken out about her marriage ceremony that triggered her arrest."

    Trans woman jailed under Malawi’s anti-gay laws speaks out
  5. Posted: 12/20/2012 9:20 am EST | Updated: 12/20/2012 10:02 am EST
    Parents of students at a British primary school were surprised to receive a letter informing them that their children's teacher, who had previously presented as a man, would return to school after the holiday break as a woman.

    England's St. Mary Magdalen's School Tells Parents A Transgender Teacher Will Be Transitioning
  6. Posted: 01/08/2013 10:12 am EST
    "A New York City-based transgender teacher was allegedly fired from the Catholic school where he'd taught for 32 years after being branded "worse than gay" when he revealed his gender identity."

    Mark Krolikowski, Transgender NYC Teacher, Sues School After Allegedly Being Branded 'Worse Than Gay'
  7. By Zack Ford on Jan 11, 2013 at 9:04 am
    "Sweden has taken a long-overdue step to end the requirement that transgender people who wish to update their sex identification on legal documents undergo sex reassignment surgeries that require them to sacrifice their ability to have children. This is thanks to a court judgment that now applies to the whole country circumventing the sterilization law, which is set to be rewritten and removed from the books by July 1, 2013."

    Sweden Ends Forced Sterilization Of Transgender People
  8. Burchill anti-trans rant sparks protests at the Observer and Telegraph newspapers against media hate speech
    18 January 2013 | By Ray Filar
    " Sick of lazy media misrepresentation, vilification and outright hate speech, trans people and allies in the UK have, over the last two weeks, become visible."

    Trans Brits demand to be freed from a hate-filled media

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  9. The case of transgender Catholic school teacher Mark Krolikowski: Keeping the faith while gender notions evolve

    By Jim Fitzgerald

    Mark Krolikowskiwore his hair at shoulder length, his nails long and well manicured, and his ears pierced. His appearance, which evolved over the 32 years he’d spent teaching at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, had always been considered a bit unconventional for a Catholic school teacher, but it had caused no problems until October 2011 when the parent of a freshman student complained, setting in motion a series of events that culminated in Krolikowski’s dismissal.
    The former teacher says he was laid off because he informed school officials that he was transgender. He has filed suit. The school’s attorney says Krolikowski was fired for “nondiscriminatory reasons.”

  10. Eyewitnesses claim London police officers threw a trans person to the ground, handcuffed her and caused deliberate pain while saying she is 'not normal'

    21 February 2013 | By Dan Littauer
    " A trans person was violently handled, abused and arrested by the police, in broad daylight in the heart of London's gay quarter, according to eyewitnesses."

    London police accussed of mocking sick trans in 'brutal arrest'

    This article [unwitingly] highlights what appears to be classic gay indifference of transpeople on the part of the two gay men who were interviewed - despite their claim of being horrified with what happened. It was well into the interview before they even used any pronouns for the victim (and inconsistently at that)...and then could only say the victim had been subjected to homophobia instead of transphobia. As a part of the LGBT community, they should be familiar with such terms and the difference. But it seems always that is transpeople who seem to be well versed in all aspects of sex and gender, and make an effort to respect others by referring to them properly. -Mike
  11. Posted at 05:09 AM ET, 03/05/2013
    Centreville’s Spa World at center of controversy, lack of anti-discrimination laws for LGBT customers noted
    By Tom Jackman
    "It looks like a series of misunderstandings has brought Spa World in Centreville a spate of fast, intense publicity in recent days, mostly bad. But it has also shined a spotlight on the fact that Fairfax County and Virginia have no laws prohibiting discrimination by businesses against members of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered community."

    Centreville’s Spa World at center of controversy, lack of anti-discrimination laws for LGBT customers noted (w/Video)
  12. Posted 03.18.2013 4:50pm EDT
    "As Postmedia News' Randy Boswell reports via the Montreal Gazette, 62-year-old Bobbi Lancaster says her top priority is to qualify for the best professional women's golf tour in the world. Although she won a senior women's tournament after her gender reassignment surgery in 2010, Lancaster says she received heavy criticism from her opponents, and is too strong to be competing at that level." --

    Bobbi Lancaster, Canadian Golfer, Could Become LPGA's First Transgender Competitor At Age 62 (w/video)
  13. in WORLD, 18/03/2013
    "Slowly, it seems things are speeding up for trans people at the United Nations. The most recent victory is that the yearly report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment to the General Assembly (SRT) now unequivocally posits that requiring trans people to change their body, to have to undergo genital surgery in order to get their gender recognized, equals torture."

    Gender Reassignment Surgery Requirement equals Torture, says United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture
  14. Transgender people need as many political allies as possible. Sophia Botha explains how she has developed a relationship with UK politician Kerry McCarthy

    25 March 2013 | By Sophia Botha
    " Kerry McCarthy, is not just an ordinary Labour Member of Parliament (MP). She is already established as an outspoken campaigner against the English Defence League. She has fought for the jailed all-female Russian punk band Pussy Riot and is now a willing advocate in parliament for people who are transgender."

    Kerry McCarthy: A friend for trans people in parliament
  15. The proposed laws would help transgender students and adults.
    BY Michelle Garcia | May 11 2013 1:59 PM ET
    "The state assembly also passed a bill to help transgender people who have undergone "clinically appropriate treatment" to amend their birth certificate without a court order, the Bee reports. The 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey showed that 44% of transgender people were denied services or harassed because their identity documents did not match their gender appearance."

    Cal. Assembly Passes 2 Bills for Trans Residents
  16. Cites the personal experiences of a transgender friend in his call for action
    04 June 2013 | By Greg Hernandez
    "Delaware's Attorney General Beau Biden is taking a lead role in trying to secure legal protections for the transgender people in his state where gay marriage recently became legal."

    Delaware's Attorney General Beau Biden wants legal protections for transgender people
  17. Written by WiG, Jun 4, 2013
    "The report, announced June 4, provides a clearer picture of support for anti-discrimination legislation in the business community. Surveys – and policies – have for years shown strong support at some of nation’s largest and wealthiest companies, the Fortune 500 members. Also, activists on the right have long maintained – erroneously – that broadening anti-discrimination laws to include LGBT people puts an added and unwanted burden on small business owners."

    Small business survey finds strong support for laws protecting LGBT workers
  18. For the first time in history, the federal government is standing behind transgender employees who say they've been discriminated against because of their gender identity.
    Sunnivie Brydum | July 15 2013 7:56 PM ET
    "The woman, who has not been publicly identified, filed a complaint with the EEOC last year, following a landmark decision last April declaring that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act extends to transgender people who are harassed on the basis of their sex. Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex."

    Trans Women Win Employment Discrimination Suits Using Civil Rights Act
  19. Assembly Bill 1121, which would provide transgender Californians with a more streamlined process of changing their names and gender markers on birth certificates, passed by a vote of 56-18.

    BY Daniel Reynolds | September 07 2013 2:11 PM ET
    "“Transgender people are entitled to have their official documents and their legal name reflect their true identity without a burdensome and expensive process that endangers their personal safety,” Atkins said in a recent statement. “I am hopeful that the governor will support this simple bill that will greatly enhance the lives of transgender Californians.”"

    California Legislature Passes Trans Birth Certificate Bill
  20. Rob Stott / Sep 16, 2013 (American Bar Association)
    "Phyllis Randolph Frye, the first openly transgender judge in the U.S., called the text comprehensive and noted the progress that has been made and the work yet to be done for full recognition of transgender (TG) people."

    Transgender Law Gets Its First Treatise
  21. "Typically progressive Dutch legislators were once frontrunners when it came to transgender rights, making the country among the first European countries to grant the community legal recognition of gender identity in 1985.

    "But the legal recognition came at a cost: a sex change operation had to be completed before legal status was granted."*

    Repeatedly, we see where other countries are crucified by the media and [American] human rights organizations because they require SRS of their transgender citizens before granting legal recognition of peoples' gender identities. And of course, we have even had discussion here on the forums on this same issue, condemning those countries. But maybe it's time we stop trying to force other countries to do what's right, and spend more energies on trying to make American do what's right... as we have states that will NOT do so much as even notate a BC unless a person can prove that s/he has undergone SRS - and some of those states require full blown SRS - that, to the best of my knowledge, means/includes (for all intents and purposes) sterilization. And of course, there are those few states that won't allow any change in designation of sex/gender, no matter what.

    Would we in the U.S. be better off if we if we got our own house straightened up before we go cleaning house in other places of the world?

    Wouldn't we have a more powerful influence in helping TGLB people in other countries when we remove the ability of those other countries to call the U.S. hypocrit?

    Isn't the U.S. as bad as the schoolyard bully by trying to intimidate other countries into embracing their TGLB community, when the U.S. itself doesn't do it?


    *From the article linked in post number 5 of the thread,
  22. We asked the Transgender Law Center whether new health care regulations help, hurt. or ignore trans people and their families.

    BY Alex J Davidson | November 01 2013 5:00 AM ET
    "After I wrote recently about how Obamacare will affect LGBT people and their families, I received a number of comments asking about how new health care regulations will specifically affect the trans community. I turned to Anand Kalra, Project Health program manager at the Transgender Law Center in Oakland, Calif., to get answers." --

    How Obamacare Will Affect Trans Folks and Families

  23. Post on Transgender Student Viciously Attacked in Transgender Crime

    By CharityLynnCaswell, posted
  24. Parker Marie Molloy | January 31 2014 10:25 AM ET
    "The bill was inspired in part by the case of Christopher Lee, a transgender man who died in 2012. Upon his death, a dispute broke out among family and friends over whether or not Lee should be identified as male or female on his death certificate. Ultimately, Lee's death certificate identified him as female, despite the fact that he lived his life and identified as a man."

    Calif. Bill Promotes Proper Identification on Trans Death Certificates
  25. Parker Marie Molloy | 2.25.204 6:41 PM ET
    ""The bill's author is a close freind with last year's antitrans bill author, and he is on public record as saying this bill is intended to allow discrimination against gay and lesbian people, and what he means is people who are visibly different from the norm," D'orsay said, adding that this proposed law seems to be a way to especially discriminate against trans people after Phoenix passed a non-discrimination ordinance last year, which explicitly included trans people."

    Proposed AZ Law Adds More Bias Toward Trans People

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