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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.

August 22, 2013

Following an outrage of the re-introduction of Section 28, it was revealed the Department for Education has also removed the distinct protections given to trans individuals

The government in England and Wales has said the protections for trans individuals in educations were removed in 'error'.

The Department of Education (DfE) has claimed the removal of 'gender identity' as a characteristic listed in the inclusion guidelines for the equalities document guidelines in the national curriculum.

Speaking to Gay Star News, a DfE spokesman said: 'This was a drafting error.

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.

April 3, 2013

Scottish Transgender Alliance has filed a petition with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service urging them to work with trans equality groups

Thousands have signed a petition demanding Scotland’s courts not jail people if they do not tell their sex partners they are trans.

The Scottish Transgender Alliance asked people to sign a petition asking the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to urgently work with equality groups.

March 18, 2013

Five transmen win a court case in Seoul to get gender officially recognized without needing a genital operations

A court in Seoul has ruled that transsexual South Koreans can amend their gender on official documents without having to go through genital-altering surgery, Korea Times reports.

Five transmen filed the case in a district court. One of the five said he had had a hysterectomy but felt that there are medical problems that arise from removing sex organs. He has been living as a man for 23 years.

March 12, 2013

Scottish Transgender Alliance is urging people to sign a petition asking the Crown Office to work with transgender rights groups

Scottish activists are demanding the Crown Office to not jail people if they do not tell their sex partners they are transgender.

Scottish Transgender Alliance is asking people to sign a petition asking the CO and Procurator Fiscal Office to urgently work with trans equality organizations.

March 11, 2013

Scottish court prosecuting trans people for having sex without stating their gender history is undermining rights and isolating people

Since learning of the case against Chris Wilson last week the Scottish Transgender Alliance and trans people generally have become increasingly concerned of the impact it may have on the criminal law as it applies to trans people in Scotland.

Chris pled guilty to two charges of ‘obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud’ for ‘deceiving’ sexual partners by telling them he was male when his birth certificate says female.

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 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 4, 2012

Iranian news services reports that well over a thousand gender reassignment operations have been carried out between 2006 and 2010

State medical records indicate that from 2006 to 2010, 1,366 Iranians acquired permits to undergo sex change operations.

Khabar-on-line reported on Monday that 56 percent were seeking male-to-female surgery and 44 percent were female-to-male operations.

Iranians seeking sex-change operations must apply to the country’s courts for a permit, their case is then forwarded to state medical offices to be processed.