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Ahn Young-joon, APDr. Kim Seok-Kwun talks with an unidentified patient at Dong-A University Hospital in Busan, South Korea. Dr. Kim is a pioneer in slowly changing views on sexuality and gender in the country, where many have long considered even discussions of sexuality a taboo.

Sex change surgeon in conservative South Korea: ‘I correct God’s mistakes’

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
BUSAN, South Korea -- As Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the "father of South Korean transgender people" once wrestled with similar feelings. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment. [ Read more → ]

Hong Kong lawmakers set to debate restrictive transgender rights bill

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HONG KONG -- Lawmakers in Hong Kong are set to debate a draft bill that if passed would codify an existing government policy that transgender people must undergo surgery to remove their genitals and construct new ones before they can qualify for legal recognition of their gender reassignment. [ Read more → ]
Vincent Gray

D.C. mayor announces health coverage requirements for transgender citizens

Thursday, February 27, 2014
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday announced that public and private health insurance plans that the D.C. government regulates -- including Medicaid, D.C. government employee insurance, and private plans sold on D.C.'s health exchange -- will be required to cover transition-related care. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek

Mass. appeals inmate’s taxpayer funded gender reassignment surgery

Friday, January 31, 2014
BOSTON -- Massachusetts prison officials on Friday said they will appeal a decision that would force them to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate serving a life sentence for murder. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek

Federal appeals court upholds sex change for Mass. transgender inmate

Friday, January 17, 2014
BOSTON -- A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change operation for a Massachusetts transgender inmate serving a life sentence for murder. [ Read more → ]
Ophelia De’Lonta

Parole granted for Va. transgender inmate seeking sex-change surgery

Thursday, January 16, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia prison inmate who has asked a federal judge to force the state to pay for a sex-change operation has been granted parole, the chairman of the Virginia Parole Board said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Chris Christie

Christie vetoes bill allowing new birth certificates for transgender people without surgery

Monday, January 13, 2014
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey governor Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender citizens to obtain a new birth certificate to reflect their gender identity without surgical requirements. [ Read more → ]
N.J. state capitol in Trenton.

N.J. senate approves transgender birth certificate bill

Monday, December 23, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey state Senate has approved a bill that would require the state Health Department to issue a new birth certificate for people who have completed the clinical process of altering their gender. [ Read more → ]
Binnenhof, meeting place of the Dutch parliament in The Netherlands.

Netherlands adopts landmark gender identity law, bans forced sterilization

Thursday, December 19, 2013
THE HAUGE, Netherlands -- The Netherlands has adopted landmark legislation banning forced sterilization and allowing transgender people to change their identity on official documents with the requirement of gender reassignment surgery. [ Read more → ]
N.J. state capitol in Trenton.

N.J. senate panel approves transgender birth certificate bill

Friday, December 13, 2013
A New Jersey state Senate panel on Thursday approved a bill that would require the state Health Department to issue a new birth certificate for people who have completed the clinical process of altering their gender [ Read more → ]

Lithuania Parliament to consider five anti-LGBT bills

Thursday, September 12, 2013
VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Five anti-LGBT bills are scheduled to be considered by Lithuania's parliament before the end of the year. [ Read more → ]
Ophelia De’Lonta

Judge grants transgender inmate’s request for sex change surgery evaluation

Saturday, August 31, 2013
ROANOKE, Va. — A transgender Virginia prison inmate will soon be evaluated by a gender specialist as part of her lifelong quest for sex-change surgery. [ Read more → ]
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Parents sue S.C. hospital over child’s gender assignment surgery

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A couple filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of South Carolina for what they say was an unnecessary sexual assignment surgery performed on a toddler they later adopted. [ Read more → ]

Idaho transportation dept. relaxes rules for transgender driver’s license changes

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
BOISE, Idaho -- The Idaho Transportation Department this week agreed to new regulations allowing transgender individuals to change the gender designation on their driver's licenses without a note from a surgeon. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek

Appeals court to hear case on gender reassignment surgery for convicted murderer

Saturday, March 2, 2013
BOSTON — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in April in an appeal of a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change for a Massachusetts transgender inmate. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek (right), and as Robert Kosilek at the time of arrest in 1990.

Judge suspends ruling on gender reassignment surgery for convicted murderer

Thursday, November 22, 2012
BOSTON -- A federal judge, who earlier this year ordered that convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek be allowed taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery, ruled Tuesday that he would suspend his order until an appeal of his ruling by the administration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. [ Read more → ]
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 → ]
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