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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.

January 29, 2015

'Arachnaphobia, yes. Transphobia, no'

Australian feminist pioneer Germaine Greer stunned members of Cambridge University's student union on Monday (26 January) evening with a vitriolic anti-trans rant.

The renowned academic said she did not think there was such a thing as transphobia and sex reassignment surgery was 'unethical.'

'Women are 51% of the world’s population and [now I’ve been told] I’ve got to worry about transphobia,' she said.

'I didn’t know there was such a thing. Arachnaphobia, yes. Transphobia, no.'

January 27, 2015

First time a pontiff meets with a transgender person

Pope Francis held a private meeting with a transgender man after he wrote to the pontiff about the rejection he experienced by the Catholic church after transitioning. 

Diego Neria Lejárraga and his fiancée Saturday (24 January) were received at the Vatican, in what marked the first meeting between a pontiff and a transgender person.

Last year, Neria sent Francis a letter, in which he described how the church he attended in Plasencia, Spain had rejected him after he underwent sex-reassignment surgery. One priest even called him 'the devil’s daughter.'

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 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.

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.

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 17, 2014

Clayre Sessoms said she tried to give blood in Vancouver, but her blood was rejected after nurses found out she is trans

A Canadian woman who regularly donates blood was turned away from a clinic this week; after nurses found out she was transgender.

Clayre Sessoms went to give blood in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday (14 May) when she was turned away by the nurses and told she couldn’t give blood.

After declaring the hormones she was taking for her transition, Sessoms was questioned about whether she had gender reassignment surgery and was informed her blood donation had to be deferred.

‘I was deeply hurt. I was kind of dumbstruck at first’ said Sessoms.

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 26, 2014

Transphobic health workers mock their patients and even put their lives at risk through their negligence, report says

Transphobia is so endemic in India’s heathcare system that one train accident victim died because officials couldn’t decide whether to admit them to a male or female ward.

That’s just one story from a new report examining the corrosive mix of ignorance and transphobic attitudes leaving India’s trans population unsupported and at risk of developing serious illness.

It impacts not just the trans community but also – because disease is not limited by gender – on the wider non-trans community.

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.

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 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.