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March 7, 2014

These women have all been great contributors to art, poetry, literature, film, and culture

Undoubtedly, many gay, bisexual and trans women from the ages likely lived their lives miserable as they felt they had no other choice than to follow society's expectations.

But no woman ever made history by following all the rules, and that is true of all 11 women on this list.

From Hollywood starlets to artists and activists, these 11 women made a huge impact on thousands of lives by daring to follow their hearts.

March 7, 2014

Says defendant:  'Our decision has nothing to do with ignorance or being bigots - it has to do with a very real understanding ... of fundamental biology'

Transgender athlete Chloie Jonnson has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against the CrossFit Games, a competition billed as the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth.

Johnson filed suit after being told she would have to compete as a man in the competition which has been held annually since 2007.

Johnson underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized as a woman in the state of California where she lives. She is 5 feet, four inches tall and weighs 151 pounds.

March 2, 2014

If passed, a new bill would enshrine in law a pre-existing government policy that transgender people must undergo full gender reassignment surgery to change their legal gender

Should transgender people unwilling to undergo full gender reassignment surgery have the same rights as 'post-operative' transsexuals?

That is the question before the public and lawmakers in Hong Kong after the Security Bureau on Friday published a proposed bill to amend the city's marriage ordinance.

Hong Kong law currently allows a transgender person who has undergone gender reassignment surgery to change their gender status in legal documents such as the identity card and passport, but not the birth certificate.

February 3, 2014

Scottish Transgender Alliance's Nathan Gale reflects on the fight to get same-sex marriage legal in Scotland on the eve before the final vote

Tomorrow, Scotland’s Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) will vote on whether to pass the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill into law.

During the final debate on the Bill, it will be scrutinised by all MSPs, who will have the opportunity to make further amendments to the legislation before the final vote is held.

LGBT people across Scotland are eagerly waiting to find out whether they will at last be given an equal right to marry the person that they love.

January 13, 2014

 Garden State Equality leader tells Gay Star News: 'It was very vindictive'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender residents of that state to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match the gender they identify as.

Because of the veto, transgender citizens will still be required to have undergone surgical procedures in order to obtain the accurate birth certificate.

LGBTI activists in the state are furious.

December 14, 2013

The bill, which allows trans and intersex people to obtain a new birth certificate without surgery, was approved by a 6-2 vote by the committee

A New Jersey state Senate panel has approved a bill which would allow the state's health department to issue new birth certificates to intersex or trans people who have not undergone gender reassignment surgery.

 

Since 1984, the law in New Jersey required trans people undergo GRS before they could be issued a new birth certificate to match their gender.

 

December 9, 2013

Transgender and intersex individuals will have much freer choice

Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has decided to allow people to change their legal gender without transitioning.

After a heated 3-hour debate today (Dec 9), the ministry concludes that individuals intending to change their legal gender need not go through any medical procedures, including psychiatric evaluation.

October 10, 2013

British cell phone giant EE promises to change rules so trans customers no longer have to provide gender recognition certificates to change their details

A trans customer has said ‘jobsworths’ at mobile phone company ‘can go to hell’ after they asked for unnecessary paperwork to recognize her change of name.

On learning that their approach was potentially unlawful, Mobile Telecomms giant, EE, formed from the merger of Orange SA and Deutsch Telekom, swiftly backpedalled, with a public admission the guidance provided on their site is misleading and inaccurate.

October 9, 2013

But controversial televangelist supports anyone who 'wants a sex change operation'

Televangelist Pat Robertson, who usually aims his insults at gays and lesbians, took aim at transgender people today (9 October) on his 700 Club show.

Robertson, 83, claims to not be opposed to gender reassignment surgery but anything that stops short of that seems to bother him a great deal.

September 26, 2013

Museum of Liverpool and Homotopia open major exhibition on the life of transgender rights champion April Ashley and others like her

The story of April Ashley, one of the first people in the world to have gender reassignment surgery, is to be told at a major exhibition opening tomorrow (27 September).

The Museum of Liverpool in north-west England will show the major exhibition for a year – telling 70 years of transgender history in Britain.

April Ashley: Portrait of a lady is the first major exhibition to look at her story and uncovers the lives of other transgender people during those decades.

September 16, 2013

Felix and Helen celebrated their marriage this weekend as Britain's first-known transgender couple wedding

Helen and Felix Fenlon made British history when they tied the knot this weekend.

The transgender couple claim they are Britain's 'first double sex swap wedding'.

According to British newspaper The Mirror, Felix met Helen in 2008 in a transgender support group.

Prior to celebrating their 'perfect' ceremony this weekend, Helen and Felix had to change the gender on their individual birth certificates.

September 9, 2013

The Family Court of Australia allows 16-year-old transgender boy and girl to commence gender reassignment with the support of their parents

Australian Family Court Justice Peter Murphy has allowed two Australian transgender teens to begin stage one and two gender reassignment treatments with the support of their parents.

‘Terry,’ 16, who was born female but identifies as male, will begin receiving large doses of testosterone to induce male puberty, while ‘Sam,’ also 16, who was born male but identifies as female, will begin receiving large doses of oestrogen to induce female puberty.

May 23, 2013

Trans campaigners highlight problems with England and Wales’ equal marriage bill saying they were betrayed by gay allies

Trans activists were left ‘despairing and angry’ at England and Wales’ equal marriage bill saying they have been betrayed by the British government and LGBT allies.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passed its third reading in Britain’s House of Commons last night with Members of Parliament voting 366 to 161 in favor of the legislation on Tuesday (21 May).

The bill now has to pass through the House of Lords where it will face opposition but the government appears determined to ensure it passes.

April 30, 2013

Council of Europe tells 29 member countries coerced sterilization of transgender people is a major human rights abuse, urges action

Twenty-nine countries in Europe are insisting transgender people are sterilized before their true gender is recognized in law.

That represents a major abuse of human rights and must stop, says a new report from the Council of Europe.

In many European countries, sterilization or sex reassignment surgery or both are a requirement for the country to legally recognize a transgender person in his or her new gender.

While gender reassignment surgery may incidentally cause someone to become sterile, some countries also insist on sterilization.

March 7, 2013

Scottish transgender man admitted to 'obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud' in two cases, meaning he will face jail time

A transgender Scottish man was sentenced for obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud yesterday (6 March).

Chris Wilson, 25, from Aberdeen, was accused of failing to tell two teenage girls his gender history and real age.

The Edinburgh High Court heard one of the girls was aged between 15 and 16 when she first met Wilson in 2008, when he was 20.

The possibly underage girl found out the truth when another girl from Stonehaven emailed her a copy of Wilson’s passport – which gave Wilson’s birth name Christine. The two kissed but it went no further.

January 10, 2013

British transgender community slams GMC investigation into Dr Richard Curtis, saying GP's London clinic is a 'lifeline' to patients seeking transition

Transgender campaigners are calling for an end to a 'witch hunt' against a British doctor accused of errors in treating gender reassignment patients.

The General Medical Council probe into the practice of Dr Richard Curtis was launched after allegations over his prescription of hormone therapy drugs and a serious complaint by one patient who had a double mastectomy but later regretted the decision.

January 10, 2013

YouTube user posts video montage of her facial feminization surgery over three year period

A transgender woman's journey of transition has been captured using time lapse photography in an amazing viral YouTube video.

The video by user iiGethi features around 1,000 photos of herself taken over a three year period.

Shown in quick succession, viewers see her transform physically from a handsome man into a beautiful young woman.

In the clip's description, the user says she had Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS), starting from when she was roughly was 20 to 21 years of age.

January 7, 2013

Investigation into doctor who treats gender reassignment patients accused of being a 'witch hunt' by NHS

A doctor who treated trans men and women seeking gender reassignment is being investigated after several patients complained about his practices.

One of the most serious complaints which prompted Britain’s General Medical Council to investigate Dr Richard Curtis was filed by a patient who had a double mastectomy and hormone therapy but later regretted the decision.

December 13, 2012

Actress and model honored by Queen Elizabeth II for services to transgender equality

Actress and transgender pioneer April Ashley was given a MBE for services to equality today (13 December).

Ashley received the honor at an investiture ceremony in Buckingham Palace this morning and was accompanied by her good friend, gay actor Simon Callow.

The 77-year-old was one of the first Britons to have gender reassignment surgery in 1960, and has since dedicated her life to transgender equality.

December 12, 2012

Helen Belcher is pleased with the government’s plans for English and Welsh marriage equality but furious with people treating her as an issue rather than a person

Towards the middle of Spamalot’s Act 2, the Lady of the Lake appears. She’s been off-stage for quite a long time. She starts singing: ‘Whatever happened to my part?’ She angrily complains about how long she’s been waiting since her last song and how she feels deceived by the show’s producers and her agent – her part wasn’t what was promised. My daughter sang it (very well) in a little soiree last weekend, so it’s buzzing through my head at the moment. And I’ve come to realize this morning that it’s close to how I feel right now.

November 30, 2012

Lithuania will discuss whether to ban gender reassignment surgery, contradicting European law

Lithuania is about to reconsider an anti-trans law that will ban gender reassignment surgery.

After an identical draft amendment was submitted in 2011, and failed to be adopted, it is presumed this motion is seeking to test the new Parliament’s attitudes towards transgender issues.

Antanas Matulas, a right-wing Christian politician and on the committee for health affairs, has resubmitted a draft amendment to the Civil Code saying ‘society is not ready to accept’ transgender people.

November 10, 2012

Promising to stop transgender people from avoiding debts, the Californian city has voted to offer free operations

San Francisco is going to become the first US city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries.

The Californian city’s Health Commission has voted to create a program for treating transgender people fully, as reported by the Associated Press.

Barbara Garcia, Public Health Director, said San Francisco already provides transgender residents with hormones, counseling and routine health services, but stopped short of offering surgical procedures.

July 25, 2012

Trans around the world join Chaz Bono in choosing Eastern European country for gender reassignment surgery

Serbia has become a Mecca for gender reassignment surgery with the help of subsidies from the country's national health insurance.

According to the Belgrade Center for Genital Reconstructive Surgery, nearly 100 foreigners and Serbs have undergone the procedure in the past year, reported the New York Times.

July 19, 2012

Lithuania proposed draft law reform could worsen situation for transgender people

A draft law in Lithuania could worsen the situation for transgender people.

Under pressure of the UN and Europe the Lithuanian Ministry of Justice has proposed new draft legislation where people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery are to be issued with new identity cards without a lengthy court procedure.