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Michelle Kosilek

Federal judge approves gender reassignment surgery for convicted murderer

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
BOSTON -- A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery to an inmate serving life in prison for murder, "because it is the only way to treat her serious medical need." [ Read more → ]

Hundreds rally at Chicago’s first transgender pride event

Monday, July 30, 2012
CHICAGO -- Nearly 300 people attended Chicago's first transgender, gender-non-conforming and intersex pride event, held at Union Park Sunday. The intention of the rally was to focus on the theme of “enterprising from the margins,” highlighting community driven efforts to create safe spaces and support among the TGI community. [ Read more → ]

Time to face the truth on sexual orientation…

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Anti-gay activists have long argued that gay people do not need protection from discrimination because they can hide their identity. Anti-gay activist Janet Boynes succinctly made this point in her book, Called Out: “The difference between black skin and homosexuality is that black skin is a physical characteristic while homosexuality is a behavior.” [ Read more → ]

Fox’s O’Reilly, Carlson: ‘Glee’ makes kids experiment with homosexuality, gender identity

Friday, April 20, 2012
During the April 19 edition of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly hosted a segment attacking this week’s episode of Glee for featuring a storyline about a transgender teenager struggling with her gender identity. [ Read more → ]

‘In the Life’ debuts groundbreaking episode on transgender youth

Sunday, April 1, 2012
The award-winning news magazine "In the Life" this month will debut “Becoming Me,” featuring eight families with transgender and gender non-conforming children ranging in ages from 5 to 25. [ Read more → ]

GLSEN releases first national study on homophobia, gender nonconformity in elementary schools

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Gender non-conforming students are at particular risk for bullying, and many teachers are unprepared to address issues relating to gender expression and LGBT families, according to a groundbreaking new study of bias, bullying and homophobia in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. [ Read more → ]

Kuwait: Report highlights police brutality against transgender individuals

Monday, January 16, 2012
Kuwaiti police have been torturing and sexually abusing transgender women continually since 2007, when a discriminatory law was passed which arbitrarily criminalizes “imitating the opposite sex,” Human Rights Watch said in a report released Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Anna Grodzka

2011 marks advances in rights, visibility of transgender and intersex people

Friday, December 30, 2011
Continuing a series of posts on the significant developments in the LGBT community in 2011, there were numerous advances around the world in the rights and visibility of transgender and intersex people. [ Read more → ]

United Nations’ landmark report calls for worldwide decriminalization of same-sex relations

Thursday, December 15, 2011
The United Nations has produced its first ever report on LGBT rights, calling for the decriminalization of same-sex relations between consenting adults, and includes a call for protection and recognition of the self-identified gender of transgender persons. [ Read more → ]

Today is a day to honor humans lost to outright bigotry

Sunday, November 20, 2011
Today is a day when all decent persons across the face of the planet should take a moment to pause and reflect on the terrible loss of promising lives rendered incomplete by a noxious and unjust pathology of lies, misconceptions and outright bigotry. Today, Nov. 20, marks the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. [ Read more → ]
Hilda Solis

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis memorializes transgender Americans lost to hate

Sunday, November 20, 2011
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Friday issued this statement, marking today's 2011 Transgender Day of Remembrance, and memorializing transgender Americans who have lost their lives as a result of violence. [ Read more → ]

Boy who identifies as girl, may be allowed to join Girl Scouts

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
DENVER -- Bobby Montoya, a 7-year-old boy from Denver, Colo., who identifies as a girl, may be allowed to join the Girl Scouts after initially being told no by a local troop leader. [ Read more → ]

Walmart adds gender identity, expression to non-discrimination policy

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Walmart -- the world's biggest retailer and the largest private employer in the U.S. -- has added gender identity and expression to its non-discrimination policy. [ Read more → ]

Girl, 10, trapped in a boy’s body, makes a brave decision

Thursday, September 15, 2011
A GIRL trapped in a boy’s body has made the brave decision to return to school for the new term as a girl. The 10-year-old, a year six pupil at primary school in Worcester, was born a boy but took the decision with her family over the summer holidays to return as a girl. [ Read more → ]

Seventh Circuit Court strikes down transphobic Wisconsin law

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has struck down Wisconsin's ban on hormone treatments for transgender prisoners. [ Read more → ]
Dannel Malloy

Connecticut Governor signs transgender protections bill into law

Friday, July 8, 2011
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy this week signed legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. [ Read more → ]

Connecticut state Senate adds gender identity to anti-discrimination laws

Sunday, June 5, 2011
The Connecticut state Senate early Saturday morning passed a bill that would provide protections from gender identity discrimination under the state's anti-discrimination laws. [ Read more → ]

Nevada governor signs two additional transgender protection bills

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday signed into law two bills that extend discrimination protections for transgender people. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.)

Nevada governor signs first of three bills expanding transgender rights

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Tuesday signed into law a bill that prohibits workplace discrimination against transgender people. [ Read more → ]

Nevada state Assembly approves transgender workplace protections bill

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The Nevada state Assembly on Tuesday gave final legislative approval to a bill that would prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of gender identity and expression. [ Read more → ]

Hawaii Governor signs transgender workplace protections bill into law

Friday, May 6, 2011
Hawaii's Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Thursday signed into law House Bill 546, a bill that prohibits workplace discrimination against transgender people. [ Read more → ]

Dallas County adds gender identity, expression to non-discrimination policy

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Dallas County commissioners on Tuesday voted to include transgender employees in the county’s non-discrimination policy. [ Read more → ]

Nevada Senate approves two LGBT protections bills, rejects a third

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Nevada Senate on Monday approved two bills that would prohibit discrimination against gays and transgender individuals in housing and public accommodations, but rejected a third bill that would have added added crimes against gays and transsexuals to Nevada's list of hate crimes. [ Read more → ]

Hawaii Senate approves transgender workplace protections bill

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Hawaii state Senate on Tuesday voted to extend employment protections to transgender people. [ Read more → ]

Maryland Senate kills gender identity bill, sends measure back to committee

Monday, April 11, 2011
The Maryland state Senate on Monday voted to send the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act back to the Judicial Proceedings Committee during the bill's second reading, effectively killing the bill in this year's legislative session. [ Read more → ]
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