A groundbreaking set of principles on sexual orientation, gender identity, and international law is a landmark advance in the struggle for basic human rights as well as gender equality, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership said today. November 15, 2005--Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--Malaysia Voids Transsexual's Marriage.
The document, known as the Yogyakarta Principles after the city where it was adopted, was launched today in Geneva by a group of 29 international human rights experts. Juang, and Shannon Price Minter is a finalist in the 2007 Lambda Literary Awards.March 2, 2007--United Kingdom--New Research Report released, "Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People’s Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination." Authored by Stephen Whittle, Lewis Turner and Maryam Al-Alami, this 95 page report was commissioned by the UK Government's Equalities Review.While the Board did vote to allow new birth certificates to be issued with a transgender person’s new gender marked on them, they rejected a common sense medical recommendation to better recognize a person’s transition from one gender to another. November 2006--New York, NY--New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering a rule change that would allow transgender people born in NYC to have their birth certificates amended.For more information, visit the FAQ on the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's site here.Washington becomes the eighth state to include gender identity in its non-discrimination law, and the seventeenth to include sexual orientation. December 19, 2005--Indianapolis, IN--The city of Indianpolis, together with Marion County, just passed a law adding sexual orientation and gender identity to their non-discrimination laws. FOr more information, visit the home page of Indiana Equality.
The right wing is already planning a ballot initiative to repeal it. October 19, 2005--New York, NY--In September 2005, the NYC Department of Education revised its Discipline Code to state that students can be disciplined for using slurs, taunting, bullying, and engaging in physical violence based on a person’s gender identity or expression. September 30, 2005--Washington DC--Senate Hate Crimes Bill Won't Include Trans: The passage of a trans-inclusive hate crimes bill shows that there has been progress in educating lawmakers on gender identity issues, advocates said, but achieving protections against discrimination in employment and other key areas will require much more work. See alslo earlier story, September 14, 2005--Washington, DC--US House passes trans inclusive Hate Crimes law. September, 9, 2005--National Center for Transgender Equality Releases, Guidelines for Evacuation Shelters: Making Shelters Safe for Transgender Evacuees aims to assist shelters in serving transgender evacuees. becomes the 16th state to protect LGB people from discrimination and the 6th state to protect transgender people with clear legislative language.Authored by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber and Sponsored by Equality California, the bill puts California firmly on record as opposing a defendant's use of societal bias against their victim in order to decrease their own culpability for a crime.For more information, visit the Transgender Law Center here. Transgendered inmates push for state-funded sex-change surgery...."People often have a knee-jerk reaction that public money shouldn't be spent on this," said Shannon Minter, a board member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute.September 21, 2006--West Chester, PA--West Chester is the newest community in Pennsylvania to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in housing, employment, and public accommodations. "If people are not treated, they suffer tremendously," said Minter."It's just as cruel to withhold treatment for gender identity disorder as it is to withhold treatment for any other medical issue." USA today story here. Male Scientist Writes of Life as Female Scientist Biologist Who Underwent Sex Change Describes Biases Against Women. July 6, 2006--San Francisco, CA--TG job, health efforts get funding.As a consequence of the report's findings, the UK Government has announced that transgender will be a protected category (along with sex & gender; race & ethnicity; physical or mental disability; religion & faith; age; and sexual orientation) for the new Equalities and Human Rights Commission that starts work in October 2007. December 5, 2006--New York, NY--The New York City Board of Health voted today to reject, in part, a proposal to update New York City’s policy permitting transgender people born in New York City to change the gender on their birth certificates to bring the policy – which has not been updated since 1971 – into line with contemporary medical knowledge and practice.