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July 28, 2013

Equal Opportunities Commission chairman calls for law to protect against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

Despite its preeminence as one of the banking hubs of the world, Hong Kong still lags behind when it comes to the rights of its transgender community, continuing to categorize gender identity disorder as a mental health condition.

According to Dr York Chow, chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, a significant number of transgenders face outright discrimination, loss of employment and other humiliations in their daily lives.

December 4, 2012

GLAAD says announcement is a 'historic change' but trans advocates are concerned about the definitions that remain in the manual of mental disorders

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) announced on Saturday that its manual would no longer list 'Gender Identity Disorder'.

But the new, fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) will include 'Gender Dysphoria', which it describes as 'a marked incongruence between one's experienced/ expressed gender and assigned gender'.

November 21, 2012

Transgender student models himself on his boyband idol who gave him the 'guts to be transgender'

A transgender man has spoken about how his obsession with One Direction helped give him the courage to come out.

The student from Lisborn, Purtugal, has found that modelling himself on his idol Harry Styles has given him ‘the guts to be transgender’.

The 20-year-old, who goes by his surname Best but refers to himself as Catarina on Facebook, told UK magazine Closer: ‘I wanted to model my new look on someone. I followed One Direction on X Factor and love their music, so I decided to look like Harry if I could.

October 20, 2012

Today is International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization – a day when transgender people tell the medical world to stop treating them as if they were ill or crazy

Depathologization. Sounds complicated: it’s not. For behind the fancy ideological word lies a stark reality. This is a campaign about power, and control and respect.

Who, in the end, will dictate the futures that trans people may choose for themselves? Will support for the transgender community always to be predicated on the basic, insulting premise that, at some level, we’re all a little bit mad? Or will, finally, the medical profession wake up to the fact the world has moved on – and it is no longer up to them to define and limit the trans experience?

October 17, 2012

My Transsexual Summer's Maxwell Zachs joins tens of thousands in call for World Health Organization to declassify trans as a mental illness

The cast of My Transsexual Summer have joined thousands around the globe in calling for the World Health Organization to recognize that trans is not an illness.

More than 35,000 people around the world have backed a Change.org petition started by Maxwell Zachs, a cast member from last summer's hit UK reality TV show My Transsexual Summer.

August 6, 2012

American Psychiatric Association removes transgender from mental illness category after years of LGTB lobbying

Transgender people are no longer considered 'mentally ill' by the American Psychiatric Association.

The mental health organization's decision to replace the term 'gender identity disorder' with 'gender dysphoria' means transgender is no longer categorized as a mental illness and comes after years of campaigning by activists.

July 23, 2012

Transgender pupil in UK forced to cite Equality Act before school allowed her to sit GCSE paper

A transgender teenager banned from taking an exam unless she went home and changed into boys' clothing used UK equality laws to slam the school's bigoted headteacher.

Ashlyn Parram was told she wasn't allowed to take her first GCSE exam at Giles Academy, Boston, Lincolnshire, because she was wearing tights, skirt and a blazer, The Sun reported.

May 29, 2012

Laura Jane Grace, who shot to fame as Tom Gabel, makes San Diego debut

The lead singer of US punk band Against Me! has made her first appearance on stage openly as a woman since publically coming out as transgender.

Laura Jane Grace, who came to fame as Tom Gabel, was relieved by fans' postive reaction to her when she played a 40-minute set as a support act for The Cult in San Diego.

May 9, 2012

Tom Gabel becomes first punk musician to publically say they have gender dysphoria

Against Me! punk singer Tom Gabel has come out as transgender, and will soon begin the process of transitioning to become a woman.

The ‘Thrash Unreal’ singer told Rolling Stone magazine she will take on the name Laura Jane Grace after suffering from gender dysphoria for years.

Gabel said she will remain married to her wife Heather, and remain a parent to their two-year-old daughter.

January 27, 2012

Plaintiff to take legal action against prison officials who failed to provide her with medically required hair removal

A transgender woman in custody at the Massachusetts Department of Correction can sue prison officials after they failed to comply with doctor's orders to provide her with hair removal treatments, a federal judge has ruled.