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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 change surgery

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

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.

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.