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April 13, 2015

Department of Justice calls refusal of treatment 'cruel and unusual' 

Transgender prisoners in Georgia will be eligible to receive and continue their hormone treatment while serving a prison sentence.

The US Department of Justice sided with Ashley Diamond, a trans prisoner who filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s authorities.

According to the lawsuit, officials refused Diamond to continue her hormone treatment; she was also placed in unsafe facilities with violent men, according to health24.

April 9, 2015

Says Australian PM Tony Abbott deserves more credit for accepting her

Catherine McGregor, the world’s highest ranked transgender military officer, has said words cannots describe how 'excrutiatingly painful' the effects of gender dysphoria are.

The Australian Defence Force lieutenant-colonel said those effects nearly drove her to suicide at an inspiring speech on Wednesday (8 April) in Canberra.

'I functioned as a male until a few weeks after my 56th birthday. I choose the term “functioned” advisedly, because my relationship to my birth gender was fraught from a very young age,' she said.

April 8, 2015

'We must do more to end the culture of violence and discrimination surrounding gender identity and expression'

Sir Elton John and REM frontman Michael Stipe have called on Georgia's department of corrections to provide hormone therapy and safety to transgender women housed in male prisons.

The openly gay singer and the bisexual Georgia native issued a joint statement Sunday (7 April), a few days after the US Justice Department called the state’s denial of hormone therapy to trans inmates a 'cruel and unusual punishment.' 

April 6, 2015

36-year-old Ashley Diamond has been confined to a men's prison in Georgia for over two years and denied hormone therapy despite being a transgender woman and says she has been raped over seven times as a result

The US Department of Justice has joined a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections by a transgender woman who has been denied hormone therapy and been kept in a male prison since 2012.

Ashley Diamond was convicted of burglary and other charges in 2012 but when she arrived at a Georgia state prison intake center she was ordered to strip alongside male inmates.

April 3, 2015

The ruling marks the first time a prisoner has won the right to transition whilst incarcerated in the state

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that the state of California must provide gender reassignment surgery for a transgender prisoner. 

Judge Jon Tigar made the ruling yesterday (2 April), insisting that denial of the procedure to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51 – who is currently serving a 17 year sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder in 1987 – was a violation of her constitutional rights. 

November 20, 2014

State Islamic ban on cross-dressing was scrapped two weeks ago

A social sciences professor at a leading Malaysian university has said rape and 'environmental toxins' are among the factors that turn men transgender.

Dr Haslinda Abdullah from Universiti Putra Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur Haslinda made the comments at a forum on 'gender identity disorder,' which was held two weeks after a court scrapped a state ban on transgender Muslim women wearing female clothes.

September 24, 2014

WikiLeaks whistle-blower claims to have received no medical treatment for her gender dysphoria

Wikileaks mole Chelsea Manning is suing US Army and Department of Defense  officials over their refusal to assist her in transitioning from male to female.

The former Army private came out as trans publicly in 2013 after it was announced she would serve a 35-year sentence for leaking more than 700,000 secret military documents while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.

May 9, 2014

LGBTI campaigners were 'gobsmacked' when they learned council bosses considered being trans to be similar to dementia, severe alcoholism and schizophrenia

Trans people are outraged after being listed as ‘mentally ill’ by a London council.

A housing form sent to thousands of people by Camden Council in north London asked people to check boxes.

‘Transsexualism’ was listed as a ‘mental illness’, alongside dementia, severe alcoholism and schizophrenia.

Council bosses initially insisted their classification was taken from international medical guidelines.

January 14, 2014

Transgender Dysphoria Blues is Against Me!'s new album, the first record since singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity

US punk band Against Me! have unleashed their first album since lead singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity.

Their sixth album Transgender Dysphoria Blues will reveal Grace's struggles to come out, with song titles such as True Trans Soul Rebel.

In the May 2012 Rolling Stone interview, Grace spoke about her transition from male to female and experiencing gender dysphoria as a child.

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.