Category: Legal

New Federal Civil Rights Rules Protect Gender Transition

| Sep 26, 2016 | Reply

Marc Mitnick writes about the new federal civil rights rules that protect a trans person’s right to transition. In the past health care providers have been turning away trans patients or treating them badly. Now with new regulations from the federal government any health care providers who receive federal money to subsidize their services must no discriminate against patients who fall into several categories, including being trans. Marc has all the details in his post today.

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Cis Heteros Only Please!

| Jun 13, 2016 | 2 Replies

Despite the fact that the United States of America was founded with the idea that religious freedom was important, so important that keeping church and state separate was written into the first amendment to the Constitution, many today find that their religious beliefs should void the rights of those they feel violate the tenets of their religion. What freedom of religion means is, you can practice or chose not to practice any religion but the government will not be influenced by any religion. But too many now feel that their religion is more important than the governments laws. Today Emily looks at religion and rights.

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Barnes & Noble Lawsuit

| May 18, 2015 | Reply

When we wondered about the lawsuit brought by a former employee of Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach, California we went to someone who has experience in the retail book biz. And someone who has experience in undergoing transition while working in that business. That someone is our own Sophie Lynne. Learn what she thinks about the trans woman who was fired when she she announced her transition.

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Sex, Gender and Restrooms

| Apr 27, 2015 | 5 Replies

Dr. Dana Bevan takes on the restroom issue. With conservative legislators attempting to pass laws to restrict where trans people can relieve themselves Dr. Bevan takes a look at how law enforcement and the legal system could possibly be able to determine anyone’s sex in order to arrest them for breaking one of these ill conceived laws. Bottom line? It wouldn’t be easy.

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2014 a Transgender Year in Review — Part 1

| Jan 13, 2015 | Reply

Links in this post will open in the same window. Use your browser Back button to return to this post. 2014 was on balance a very good year for transgender people in America. As a trans activist there was much to celebrate for our movement and even the most negative happenings gave hope for a […]

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Changing Gender Markers to Match Reality — Victories and Hope in NJ

| Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

The New Jersey Legislature has passed a bill that allows transgendered individuals to change the gender on their birth certificates with only a doctor’s statement that they have undergone treatment for gender transition. They no longer have to have reassignment surgery once the governor signs the bill. Babs Casbar Siperstein looks at this development and some other legal advances TGs have made recently.

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Violence Against Women Act — VAWA is Trans Inclusive

| Mar 11, 2013 | Reply

Barbra Casbar Siperstein will be posting columns about the fight for transgender rights across the United States. Today she writes about the importance of the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women act with the inclusion of “gender identity.”

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Have TGs Lobbying Congress Gotten Results?

| Oct 29, 2012 | 1 Reply

I was looking at TGForum archives when I ran across these two reports of the first Transgender Lobby Day which took place in October of 1995. I thought it might be educational to review what happened that day and compare that to where we are today 17 years later. — JoAnn Roberts

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I Love That Dress But It’s From China

| Oct 1, 2012 | 5 Replies

The rule in shopping since ancient times has always been “Let the buyer beware.” As in wary of a deal that sounds too good. When you can buy merchandise on your computer and have it shipped to you from halfway round the world the old rule is more important than ever.

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The Real ID Act: A Catastrophe in the Making

| Aug 20, 2012 | 2 Replies

In 2005 a Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the Real ID Act of 2005. It is a draconian law that forces everyone with a driver’s license to bring their proof of birth to the DMV to turn that license into a national ID card. It’s a nightmare for all but definitely for TGs.

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Rick Santorum, Boy Gender Fascist

| Apr 2, 2012 | 8 Replies

Rick Santorum makes no bones about the fact that he is for good old fashioned family values. Those of a family of Catholics from the 13th century. In Santorum’s world view there is no room for diversity. Dallas Denny points out one instance that reveals Santorum’s attitude about gender roles.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Being Lewd (or not)

| Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

Our legal adviser, Leslie Farber, brings us tales of entrapment, discrimination and abuse of authority. The article is not aimed directly at TGs but primarily against gay men and it’s no walk in the park. Wait, oh, yes, it is a walk in the park. But the walk isn’t very relaxing.

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