Legal Issues, Legal Rulings
Scotsman.com - Phil Stewart
Among the most pressing orders of business for Europe's first "transgender" lawmaker may be fighting over which toilet to use in the Italian parliament.
Elected last month, Vladimir Luxuria said on Thursday she was opposed to toilet "apartheid" after a centre-right lawmaker suggested the creation of a special, third lavatory for all transgender politicians.
In Italy, and all of Europe, that means just Luxuria.
"I didn't expect politics to sink this low," Luxuria, a 40-year-old drag queen and defender of gay... [more]
MiamiHerald.com - Ashley Fantz
A man who was convicted in 2003 in the death of a Carol City secretary by injecting her buttocks with industrial-grade silicone during a so-called ''pumping party'' is expected to walk out of prison.
Mark Hawkins, one half of the duo who performed the illegal injections, was handed a 30-year prison sentence in November 2003 in Broward Circuit Court for his role in the death of Vera Lawrence, who wanted to enhance her buttocks.
But the Fourth District Court of Appeal on Wednesday overturned his conviction, ruling that t... [more]
Mainichi Daily News
The European Union's Court of Justice ruled Thursday that a British law granting pension rights to transsexuals based on their original sex was illegal.
The EU's highest court said that "the right not to be discriminated against on grounds of sex is one of the fundamental human rights."
British national Sarah Margaret Richards was born a man in 1942, but underwent a sex change operation in 2001. In February 2002, she applied for a pension on her 60th birthday.
However, British law identified Richards as a man, and ... [more]
YaleDailyNews.com - Cullen Macbeth - Staff Reporter
The Yale College Council approved a resolution Sunday night calling on the administration to include the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression" in the University's official nondiscrimination policy.
Less than two weeks after Harvard University announced the addition of protection for "gender identity" -- though not "gender expression" -- to its own nondiscrimination policy, the YCC pushed for a similar action at Yale. Although some YCC members said they worried that the Yale resolution was not substanti... [more]
IRS plays politics with tax code (Apr 16, 2006)
San Francisco Chronicle - Donald H. Read
Those who suspect that bias might have deprived "Brokeback Mountain" of the best picture Oscar and hobbled "Transamerica's" consideration might feel the same about the IRS' recent treatment of domestic partners and transgender people. So should... [more]
Gender identity ordinance stirs debate at Common Council (Apr 14, 2006)
Indiana Daily Student - Roy Maurer
The Sabbagh-Sturbaum sponsored ordinance to amend the Bloomington Municipal Code so that it recognizes gender identity as a protected class met with ardent arguments both in favor and against at Wednesday's Common Council meeting.
The ... [more]
New Theory on Trans Rights (Apr 7, 2006)
GayCityNews.com - Arthur S. Leonard
U.S. District Judge James Robertson issued a decision on March 31 calling for a new approach to transsexual discrimination claims under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. Refusing to dismiss Diane J. Schroer’s lawsuit against the Library of Congr... [more]
Federal Court Rules Transgender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Library of Congress Can Proceed (Apr 1, 2006)
3/31/2006 - aclu.org
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today a federal judge found that an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a transgender veteran against the Library of Congress can go forward.
"I couldn't understand how the c... [more]
Arrested justice: When LGBT people land in jail (Mar 29, 2006)
gay.com - by Patrick Letellier
Kari Sundstrom, a 41-year-old transgender woman, had been on female hormones for 15 years when, in January, the Wisconsin Legislature passed a law banning hormone treatments or sex reassigment surgery for prison inmates. This meant Sundstrom, incarcerate... [more]
Civil-rights protection OK'd for transgender individuals (Mar 28, 2006)
By Sharon Pian Chan - Seattle Times staff reporter
Transgender individuals will now enjoy the same civil-rights protections as other minorities under legislation passed by the Metropolitan King County Council Monday.
The council added gender identity to laws already pro... [more]
CT Bill Would Ban Bias Against Transgendered (Mar 27, 2006)
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)
With a Ph.D. in chemistry, Jerimarie Liesegang never had trouble finding a job. That is, until she became a woman.
"They would literally come in, see that I was a transsexual, and they sort of let the facade effect them and nobody ever called me bac... [more]
Transgender inmate wants sex change (Mar 25, 2006)
LIMON, CO, United States (UPI)
Christopher 'Kitty' Grey, a transgender inmate, wants to be in a women`s prison, but Colorado state policy forbids it because he has male genitalia.
Grey is serving 16 years to life in Limon Prison, southwest of Denver, for molesting an 8-... [more]
Transsexuals to get 2 ID cards (Feb 22, 2006)
Transsexuals who have yet to have a sex-change operation will be entitled to two ID cards, Home Office Minister Lady Scotland of Asthal has said.
One would be in their gender at birth and the other in their legally-acquired "gender of designation".
Transgender Inclusive Federal Hate Crime Law (Sep 14, 2005)
Received in a Mailing from The TransgendersSafeHouse Yahoo Group
Alert. Contact Your Member of Congress Now. Transgender-inclusive Federal Hate Crime Law to be Voted on Today.
In a sudden and surprising development, Congressman John Conyers will offer the provisions of ... [more]
All's not fair in war against transgender bias (Oct 26, 2004)
Transsexuals have better rights protection on the mainland than here, but a meeting between activist groups and the government may be the first step in fighting discrimination and intolerance in the territory, according to academics and research groups.
At least 10 activist groups rep... [more]
Fla. Court: Transsexual Legally a Woman (Jul 25, 2004)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Transgender people cannot marry as their new sex under Florida law, a state appeals court ruled Friday in setting aside a divorce ruling between a man -- who once was a woman -- and his wife.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland said people who undergo sex cha... [more]
Miami Beach Provides Transgender Protections (Jul 8, 2004)
Today, local, state, and national human rights organizations applauded the Miami Beach City Commission's decision to expand its nondiscrimination law to provide protections to transgender people.
Equality Florida, SAVE Dade, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the National Ce... [more]
Divorce court rules against transsexuality (Jun 17, 2004)
Court watchers needed a scorecard to keep up with the Houston divorce case of Carter v. Gonzales.
Linda Gail Carter, it seems, wanted out of her marriage to Constance D. Gonzales.
For starters, she tried to get an annulment on the basis that neither Nevada, the state in... [more]
Transexual's divorce stalls when she refuses to be he (Jun 2, 2004)
A transsexual's attempt to get a regular divorce stalled Wednesday after she refused to be certified as a man, leaving a Harris County judge presiding over a divorce trial between two women.
The refusal by Linda Gail Carter, who legally changed her sex from male to female in May 1998,... [more]
ACLU pushes for transgender rights (Apr 8, 2004)
Michigan transgendered individuals are trivialized by the lack of anti-discriminatory laws and specific health care coverage, American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Kara Jennings said.
Jennings is currently working on the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Legal Project in Michigan.