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February 27, 2015

The film is the true tale of one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery – and what happened to her

The first picture of Eddie Redmayne playing transgender pioneer Lili Elbe has been unveiled. 

Redmayne, who just won an Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, will play Elbe in forthcoming drama, The Danish Girl. 

The film, set in the 1920s, tells the story of a painter named Wegener, who was persuaded by her wife, also a painter, to pose in women's clothing for her. 

This opened up a whole new world for Wegener, who later began her male-to-female transition and changed her name to Lili Elbe. 

February 26, 2015

General Medical Council accused of ignoring real trans concerns while wasting time on investigation they have now dropped

One of the leading doctors advising transgender people in the UK is in the clear after almost four years under investigation into alleged professional misconduct.

The General Medical Council (GMC) started looking into Dr Richard Curtis in 2011 but throughout the investigation he has been widely supported by the trans community.

February 13, 2015

Jailed whistleblower is allowed to transition, a first for the armed forces in the US

Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower that leaked military secrets, will be allowed hormone treatment according to reports.

The jailed Wikileaks soldier was approved for gender treatment at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison.

But while this is a first for the Army to allow a jailed soldier hormones to transition, Manning will be forced to keep a 'male' short haircut.

According to the colonel who approved the treatment, Manning will not be allowed to grow her hair as it could be a 'security' risk.

January 20, 2015

Supreme Court rules in favor of two non-operative transgender women

Transgender Israelis are no longer required to undergo sex reassignment surgery (SRS) to change the gender designation on their ID cards.

The change comes after the Supreme Court ordered the ministry of interior to legally change the gender of two transgender citizens from male to female, Haaretz newspaper reported.

A petition was filed at the court by a lawyer and an ex-soldier who started transitioning during her compulsory military service.

January 19, 2015

Report finds the women face 'amplified stigma' due to their gender and job

Transgender female sex workers are among the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, according to a new report.

Based on 10 months of research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community-based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker) and MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report found transgender sex workers experience 'amplified stigma' due to both their gender identity and their profession.

January 14, 2015

Name change is also no longer a requirement

It become much easier this week for trans individuals in New York City to change their gender on their certificate.

Proof of convertive surgery is no longer a requirement nor is a name change.

These are changes pushed by the New York City Health Department that were approved last December and went into effect on Monday (12 January).

January 5, 2015

UK prime minister says he is proud of legalizing same-sex marriage

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is proud of his role in legalizing gay marriage but has yet to attend one.

The Conservative leader said he had received 'lots' of invitations to same-sex weddings and was certain he would go to one soon.

December 25, 2014

Adults can change their legal gender after a 6-month consideration period

Activists and politicians have given a big Christmas present to the transgender community in Taiwan.

In a month, the Taiwanese authorities will stop requiring trans people to undergo reassignment operation before changing their legal gender, scrapping a policy that they now consider 'inhumane'.

A special gender change commmitee will be set up to consider applications filed by trans individuals aged 18 or above, who will each be given a 6-month consideration period.

December 9, 2014

Three transgender residents sue the city for discrimination

Transgender people in New York City will no longer be required to undergo sex reassignment surgery to change the gender on their birth certificates.

The city council yesterday (8 December) passed a bill that eliminated the 'antiquated' requirement by 39 votes to four, with three absentations.

The legislation was introduced by councilman Corey Johnson in October and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

November 17, 2014

City allows trans people to legally change their gender without a court order

Mexico City has approved a bill to allow transgender people to legally change their gender without a court order.

The Legislative Assembly of the Federal District passed the legislation on Thursday (13 November) by 42 votes to zero. Six lawmakers abstained.

Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera proposed the bill on the recommendation of the assembly's Commission for Attention to Vulnerable Groups.

Jorge Zepeda Cruz, president of the commission, said in a statement that the legal changes were ‘inevitable.’

November 8, 2014

According to right wing pundit Glenn Beck, men watching romantic movies is so emasculating they should get ‘their winkie cut off with a butter knife’

Three US radio hosts joke and laugh in a radio segment filled with sexist and transphobic ‘jokes.’

Right wing pundit Glenn Beck was on his segment of The Blaze Radio with two companions Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray when the discussion turned to movies.

Beck, who regularly voices his offensive opinions on the LGBTI community, couldn’t resist the opportunity to make some sexist and transphobic jokes.

October 23, 2014

Legislators oppose a clause requiring transgender people have sex reassignment surgery

Hong Kong lawmakers yesterday dismissed an amendment to marriage laws that would have recognized the status of transgender people who have had sex reassignment surgery (SRS).

The Marriage (Amendment) Bill was voted down by 40 lawmakers to 11 at its second reading. Five Legislative Council members abstained.

October 13, 2014

Nathan Gale, of Scottish Transgender Alliance, explains why trans people will be free from the 'spousal veto'

Same-sex marriage will be legal in Scotland from 16 December. Hogmanay, our New Year's Eve, will take on special significance for many couples this year as this will be when the first same-sex weddings take place.

As couples across Scotland plan their big day, trans people who are already married or in a civil partnership can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they can finally have the gender they live as legally recognized without being forced to break up their families.

October 9, 2014

Is East Sussex council misleading people over their requirements to change their 'legal name'?

If you want to change your name in a county in south east England, whether as part of the gender recognition process or following a same sex marriage, you must pay the county council or it will not be officially recognized.

The misleading warning on the East Sussex Name Changes page tells its residents they must pay £60 ($100, €75) to 'officially' register the change.

September 2, 2014

Historic new law allows individuals to self-determine their own gender identity, abolishing any requirements for medical intervention

Denmark's gender recognition law has come into effect this week, and is being described as one of the best trans laws in the world.

The first in Europe of its kind, it is based on the self-determination of the individual. It abolishes any requirements for medical interventions, such as psychiatric diagnosis, sterilisation or hormonal treatment.

June 13, 2014

Leading surgeon leaves NHS, increasing gender surgery wait times. Even patients with complications after their operation face delays

Activists have claimed the time for trans people to get male to female gender reassignment surgery has skyrocketed in England from seven months to three years.

And campaigners warning the trauma of ever increasing delays may push some trans people to suicide.

They say it’s because the one expert surgeon in London conducting most of the operations in the country, James Bellringer, has left the National Health Service (NHS).

May 14, 2014

Jailed US WikiLeaks mole could be allowed to transfer to a civilian prison in order to receive gender treatment

Chelsea Manning could finally be allowed to begin gender treatment, according to reports.

The Pentagon is reportedly considering transferring the US soldier jailed for 35 years for leaking classified documents to a civilian prison to allow her to take hormones.

Since after she came out as trans in August last year following her sentencing, she has been banned from gender treatment.

May 1, 2014

Film based on novel about Danish painter who was one of the first persons to undergo sex-change surgery

Eddie Redmayne has landed the lead role in the film version of the novel The Danish Girl, the story of an acclaimed transgender painter.

The film, inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff, is about the Danish painter born Einar Wegener who was one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

Such surgery was still experimental when Wegener had the first of five operations beginning in 1930 - something that caused a sensation in newspapers of Denmark and Germany.

April 26, 2014

The school – believed to be the first of its kind in the world – had to close and move when its founder died last month

Known locally as a Pesantren Waria, an Islamic school for waria or transgender women in the city of Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island of Java has reopened.

[Waria, the local term to describe transgender women, is a portmanteau of the Indonesian words for woman (wanita) and man (pria).]

It moved to a house in Kotagede belonging to Shinta Ratri, a LGBTI activist after its founder Maryani died last month. The Joglo-Javanese traditional style house, which was built in the 1800s had belonged to her grandmother before it was passed down to her mother.

March 16, 2014

Hong Kong recognizes the first non-op trans woman, while Taiwan and India look set for important changes

It has been a week of changes for transgender individuals.

In Hong Kong, a 25-year-old pharmacology scholar from Colombia has become the first non-operative trans person to change the legal gender in the city.

With the help of the UN Refugee Agency, Eliana Rubashkyn secured a gender-free temporary permit from the HK Immigration Department and permission from a hospital to be admitted to the female ward, reports Apple Daily.

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.