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East Aurora, Ill., school board flip-flops on transgender rights policy

Friday, October 19, 2012
AURORA — In a special meeting Friday evening, the East Aurora School Board voted to repeal a policy that would create protections for gender nonconforming students that they quickly and unanimously passed just five days ago. [ Read more → ]

School considers rescinding transgender rights policy amid hate group, parental outrage

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
AURORA, Ill. -- An Illinois school board is considering rescinding a transgender rights policy it adopted Monday after after receiving emails and letters from outraged residents and anti-gay organizations across the state. [ Read more → ]

Transgender students get protection in Toronto schools while MP introduces anti-trans ‘bathroom bill’

Saturday, October 6, 2012
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada -- The Toronto District School Board announced Thursday that it has introduced a new set of guidelines to ensure transgender equality for students and staff in the district's 600 schools. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek

Prisoner awarded gender reassignment surgery, attorneys seek legal expenses

Friday, October 5, 2012
NORFOLK, Mass. -- Convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek — who was granted taxpayer-funded gender-reassignment surgery ordered by a federal judge — is demanding $698 in reimbursement for legal expenses for arguing her case from behind bars, and her attorneys are seeking legal fees of in excess of $800,000, according to documents filed this week in U. S. District Court. [ Read more → ]
Angela Renee Ingram

ACLU files appeal in case of transgender woman denied name change

Monday, October 1, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma (ACLU) has announced that it will represent a transgender woman who was denied a name change by an Oklahoma judge who told her “you can’t change what God gave you.” [ Read more → ]

NCTE launches ‘first of its kind’ online hub for transgender college students

Monday, September 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has launched the Transgender On-campus Nondiscrimination Information (TONI) Project, the nation's first online hub for transgender students to share trans-affirmative college policies and practices, and exchange ideas for organizing and action. [ Read more → ]
Loren Rex Cameron (Self-portrait)

College student group targets exhibit by noted transsexual photographer

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
DULUTH, Minn. -- A lecture and photography exhibit by a noted California-based transgender photographer has drawn criticism from a conservative student group affiliated with the Arlington, Va.-based Leadership Institute due to its explicit content documenting his gender reassignment surgery. [ Read more → ]
Judge Bill Graves

Citing God and science, Oklahoma judge refuses transgender name changes

Monday, September 17, 2012
An Oklahoma judge has repeatedly denied transgender women their petitions for a name change to reflect their female identity, ruling that the requests were made for a fraudulent purpose. [ Read more → ]
Kyra Kruz

Philadelphia police investigating murder of transgender community volunteer

Thursday, September 13, 2012
PHILADELPHIA -- Homicide detectives are investigating the killing of a well known member of Philadelphia's LGBT community, Kyra Kruz, a 27-year-old transgender woman who was found dead in a wooded area of the city’s Frankford area. She had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. [ Read more → ]
Anderson Cooper

Transgender advocacy group condemns planned ‘Anderson Live’ segment

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The National Center for Transgender Equality on Wednesday denounced plans by the syndicated talk show "Anderson Live" to air a controversial interview with a person who claims an anti-baldness drug made them transgender. [ Read more → ]

Mother of transgender child shares her family’s journey

Sunday, September 9, 2012
While audiences nationwide became acquainted with Sarah Tyler and her family following their appearance last year on Anderson Cooper’s talk show, I got to know them in a completely different manner: at church... [ Read more → ]

Chicago Police Department adopts transgender protections policy

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Police Department has enacted a general order that mandates protections for transgender people while in the custody of police and requires officers to be trained for the respectful treatment of transgender detainees. [ 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 → ]
Donta Gooden

Second transgender female found murdered in Chicago’s ‘K-Town’

Friday, August 17, 2012
CHICAGO -- Police confirmed Friday that a body discovered in an abandoned building in a west side Chicago neighborhood known as K-Town was that of 19-year-old Donta Gooden, a transgender female. [ Read more → ]

Transgender woman settles discrimination suit with Illinois town

Monday, August 13, 2012
CICERO, Ill. -- A transgender woman who alleged that two Cicero police officers humiliated her and discriminated against her because of her gender identity has settled a lawsuit with the town for $10,000. Cicero also agreed to enact guidelines for the police treatment of transgender people, according to her attorneys. [ Read more → ]

FAA eliminates unnecessary psychological testing for transgender pilots

Monday, August 13, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration has released new medical certification procedures for transgender pilots, eliminating unnecessary psychological testing that had previously been required. [ Read more → ]

Illinois to allow transgender individuals to update birth certificate gender marker

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Civil rights advocates filed a court-supervised agreement Monday that will make it easier for transgender individuals in Illinois to get accurate birth certificates reflecting their gender. The agreement asks to end the requirement for genital surgery in order to change the gender marker. [ 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 → ]
Marper Jean Tobin

NCTE attorney, named among best LGBT lawyers, talks transgender issues

Thursday, July 26, 2012
For the past three years, The National LGBT Bar Association has selected the best LGBT lawyers under the age of 40. This year’s list includes Harper Jean Tobin, the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Policy Counsel. [ Read more → ]
Ashlyn Parram, with her mother Miranda Johnson

British school sends transgender girl home to change into boys uniform

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
BOSTON, Lincolnshire, U.K. -- A 16-year-old British transgender girl was told that she couldn't take her GCSE exam (equivalent to high school finals) and was sent home by teachers to change into the boys’ school uniform. [ Read more → ]

San Francisco program for uninsured residents to remove transgender exclusions

Monday, July 23, 2012
Nearly two years after a complaint was filed charging that "Healthy San Francisco," the city's health insurance program for uninsured residents, is discriminatory because it excludes services for transgender people, city officials are in the process of rectifying the situation and including such services in the program. [ Read more → ]
Asher Doyle

Acknowledging the ‘T’ in LGBT

Sunday, July 15, 2012
The reality is that while bullying, school environments, and related outcomes have a long way to go for LGB students, the distance is even further for transgender students. We need to be having a discussion about that. [...] Every experience or outcome that is not broken down by gender identity, or the intersection of gender identity and other statuses such as race, makes invisible the unique and often more concerning experiences transgender students have.... [ Read more → ]

Episcopal Church approves new rites for same-sex unions, transgender-inclusive policies

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Episcopal Church has approved a measure to allow the blessing of same-sex unions, as well as two proposals adding gender identity and expression to the Church's nondiscrimination canons for ordained ministry, and a resolution supporting legislation for equal immigration rights for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Patti Shaw

Transgender woman sues D.C. police, U.S. marshals

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A transgender D.C. woman alleges in a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service that she was improperly placed with male prisoners after a 2009 arrest. [ Read more → ]

Denver sheriff’s department plans new policies for transgender inmates

Friday, June 22, 2012
The Denver Sheriff Department in January will roll out new policies regarding transgender inmates, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado announced Friday. The new 360-degree policies will include new practices from transport to booking and housing. [ Read more → ]
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