Legal Issues, Legal Rulings
abc.net.au - By Elizabeth Byrne
The High Court will rule today on whether New South Wales law recognises genders other than male or female.
The case was sparked by an application from Sydney resident Norrie who wants to be registered as of non-specific sex.
Osaka - The Osaka Family Court has approved the adoption of a 3-year-old boy by a woman in her 30s who changed her sex from male due to gender identity disorder (GID), the woman said Wednesday.
After waging a war against institutions and governments for two decades, Norrie has finally won the right to be called, well, nothing.
A High Court decision yesterday upheld the right of the transgender Sydney resident to be legally classified as neither male or female.
newyorklawjournal.com - Andrew Keshner, New York Law Journal
A judge has ordered New York City's Administration for Children's Services to pay for gender-affirming surgeries for a transgender 20-year-old in foster care, overruling the agency's refusal.
From Dee to Patti: Transgender Women Fighting Back Against Sexual Assault in Detention (Mar 26, 2014)
aclu.org - By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU
Imagine how scared you would be if you were taken into custody by the police and told repeatedly that you are not who you know yourself to be. You are already afraid and the process is out of your control. You want to at least be kept... [more]
Norrie case gets big law backing (Mar 12, 2014)
lawyersweekly.com.au - Leanne Mezrani
DLA Piper is acting for a transsexual named Norrie whose fight to be recognised as being of non-specific sex has made it all the way to the High Court.
Last week (4 March) DLA and David Bennett QC defended Norrie's right in to be i... [more]
keennewsservice.com - By Lisa Keen
In an historic first, a state supreme court ruled yesterday that a male-to-female transgender student who was accepted by school staff and students as a girl could not be barred from using the girls' bathroom at school.
bangordailynews.com - By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Portland, Maine - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday reversed a lower court's decision that banned a transgender child from using the girls' bathroom in Orono schools.
In a 5-1 decision, the justices said that ... [more]
chicagotribune.com - Richard Valdmanis - Reuters
Boston (Reuters) - A Massachusetts prisoner suffering from gender identity disorder should be provided a sex-change operation paid for by the state's prison system, a federal appeals court said on Friday in a first-of-its-kind ruling.
sacramento.cbslocal.com - The Associated Press
San Francisco (AP) - A judge in Sacramento ordered the secretary of state's office on Thursday to add about 5,000 signatures to the 614,326 submitted by supporters of a proposed voter referendum that seeks to overturn a new California law... [more]
Two trans men working for the government in Bahrain have been given initial approval for gender reassignment.
The lawyer acting on behalf of the two said the High Administrative Court had referred them to a medical examiner.
Court says gender identity disorder not relevant (Dec 28, 2013)
A Wisconsin appeals court says a man in prison for sexually assaulting his cousins is not entitled to a shorter sentence because he has been diagnosed with gender identity disorder.
lgbtqnation.com - Associated Press
Indianapolis - Indiana's law banning same-sex marriage cannot be used to invalidate a marriage if one spouse later changes his or her gender identity, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.
The ruling handed down Friday stems from a div... [more]
Kyodo - The Supreme Court has recognized a gender identity disorder sufferer who had a sex change to become a male as the legal father of a child born to his wife through in vitro fertilization using sperm provided by a third person, judicial sources said Wednesday.
brooklyneagle.com - By Charisma L. Miller, Esq. - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A transgender woman who alleged discrimination at a residential drug rehabilitation may proceed with her suit, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Debra Silber ruled.
Sabrina Wilson, a male-to-female tran... [more]
voiceofoc.org - By Rex Dalton
An undocumented Mexican transgender woman -- who faced deportation for prostitution convictions while HIV positive -- won release this week from federal custody and is now free to live in the United States.
stabroeknews.com - By Staff Writer
A magistrate's advice to four transgendered men - that they were confused and should give their lives to Jesus Christ - did not amount to discrimination on the basis of religion, acting Chief Justice Ian Chang has ruled.
edgeonthenet.com - by David Perry - EDGE Contributor
The American Bar Association released a groundbreaking legal primer for transgender adults before, during, and after their transitions with regards to numerous legal spheres that in many states remains murky. The 313-page "Transgen... [more]
Guyana judge clarifies rule against cross-dressing (Sep 9, 2013)
chron.com - By Bert Wilkinson and David McFadden, Associated Press
Georgetown, Guyana (AP) - A judge interpreting a colonial-era law has ruled that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only if it's done for an "improper purpose" such as prostitution, but the partial victory has frustr... [more]
Court allows teens to begin sex change (Sep 7, 2013)
brisbanetimes.com.au - Paul Bibby - Court Reporter
A judge has allowed two teenagers to start hormone treatment as the lesser of two evils.
The Family Court has granted two 16-year-olds permission to take gender reassignment hormones that will permanently transform thei... [more]