Transgender Rural Californians Face Hate Crimes

March 1, 2010

by Jorge Amaro | Adelante

Sandra Hinojosa, a transgender woman, shares her story of tribulation and triumph as an agricultural worker.

Sandra Hinojosa was raised along with her 10 siblings by her single mother. A native of Santiago, a small town in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, her mother “washed other people’s clothes, made tortillas to sell, and sold dinner at night,” says Sandra. ““It was she that helped us move forward. But none of us went to high school.”

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Transgender Protection Bill Put on Hold

February 10, 2010

by Aishah Hasnie | Wane TV

A bill that would have added protections for transgender people in Fort Wayne was taken off the table, Tuesday.

Democratic city council member Karen Goldner was expected to introduce the proposed amendment at Tuesday’s city council meeting. It’s aimed at preventing or punishing discrimination based on “gender identity.”

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For Transgender People, Name Is a Message

January 26, 2010

by William Glaberson | New York Times

Katherine used to be Miguel. Olin had a girl’s name. And in October, Robert Ira Schnur, 70, became Roberta Iris Schnur, a Manhattan retiree with magenta lipstick and, she noted the other day, chipped silver nail polish.

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U.S. Job Site Bans Bias Over Gender Identity

January 6, 2010

by Brian Knowlton | New York Times

The Obama administration has inserted language into the federal jobs Web site explicitly banning employment discrimination based on gender identity.

The protection is expected to apply to the small transgender population — people who identify their gender differently from the information on their birth certificates — and it merely formalizes what had been increasingly unchallenged government practice over several years.

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Governor Paterson Signs Gender Identity and Expression Executive Order

December 16, 2009

Governor David A. Paterson today signed Executive Order No. 33 that will prohibit New York State agencies from discriminating against any individual on the basis of gender identity and expression in any matter pertaining to employment by the State. Executive Order No. 33 directs the Office of Employee Relations, in consultation with the Executive Director of the Division of Human Rights, to develop and implement clear and consistent guidelines prohibiting gender identity and expression discrimination by all State agencies.

“For generations, New York has been a national leader on civil rights, yet the State has lagged far behind in securing basic civil rights for transgender New Yorkers. I am proud to sign this important measure to not only bring workforce protection to the transgender community under the law, but to bring greater equality and civil rights to the State of New York,” Governor Paterson said. “From now on, transgender New Yorkers will be protected from discrimination because of who they are.”

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Paterson to Extend Protection to Transgender Employees

December 15, 2009

by Jeremy W. Peters | New York Times

Gov. David A. Paterson is preparing to issue an executive order that would include transgender people in antidiscrimination policies that govern state agencies.

The order, which the governor plans to sign on Wednesday, represents the broadest protections ever extended to transgender public employees in New York State. A number of cities throughout the state, including Buffalo, Albany, Rochester and New York City, already prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.

No equivalent state law exists, however, despite repeated efforts by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocates to pass one in the State Legislature.

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Join New York State Governor David A. Paterson on Wednesday, December 16th, when he makes the announcement. Click here for more information.


Transgender Protections Win Unanimous Passage

December 1, 2009

by Brian Patrick Thorton | Spangle Magazine

On a night when the soaring Glenville High School football team generated a more raucous discussion than significant civil-rights legislation, Cleveland City Council voted unanimously to extend the existing nondiscrimination ordinance to transgender people.

As many as 100 supporters filled the cavernous council chamber with applause — twice. President Martin Sweeney wryly explained to audience members that the first round of cheers accompanied a motion to suspend the rules, so moments later — upon actual passage — supporters upped their joyous expression with a standing ovation.

By adding the words “gender identity or expression” to a criminal law that provides protection in areas of employment, housing and public accommodations, council members took a huge step forward, supporters said.

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European Human Rights Commissioner Publishes Transphobia Report

August 10, 2009

Council of Europe member states should do more to stop transphobia and discrimination against transgender people, the Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, Thomas Hammarberg, said July 29 in an “expert issue paper” released at the World Outgames 2nd International Conference on LGBT Human Rights in Copenhagen.

“The situation of transgender persons has long been ignored and neglected, although the problems they face are very real and often specific to this group alone,” the report said. “They experience a high degree of discrimination and intolerance in all fields of life, as well as outright violence.”

Among other things, the document asserts that transgender people should not have to undergo sterilization or other medical treatment before their revised gender identity is recognized.

read the report here


Unique Challenges of Transgender Aging: Implications from the Literature

July 29, 2009

Diane Persson, long-time member of the Transgender Aging Network, is pleased to announce her article has finally been published by the Journal of Gerontological Social Work (v. 52, August 2009).


TLDEF Statement On Verdict In Lateisha Green Court Trial

July 21, 2009

New York, NY, July 17, 2009 — The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today hailed the verdict in the court trial of Lateisha Green, a 22-year-old African American transgender women who was shot and killed on November 14, 2008 in Syracuse, NY. A 12-member jury found 20-year-old Dwight DeLee guilty of manslaughter in the first degree as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon.

“Today, justice has been delivered for Lateisha Green with DeLee’s conviction for committing a hateful act of violence,” said TLDEF Executive Director and attorney Michael Silverman. “The jury’s verdict provides Teish’s family with the closure that they deserve and need, and sends a clear message that hate violence targeted at transgender people will not be tolerated.”

Today’s verdict is the first hate crime conviction for the slaying of a transgender person in New York State. It is only the second such conviction in the United States.

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