Gender Politics

Morocco: Transgender dancer transcends anti-LGBT attitudes

CASABLANCA, Morocco -- It was a slow night on the red carpet at the opening of the Marrakech film festival for the photographers and everyone was complaining over the lack of celebrities.

Then a car pulled up and out stepped Noor Talbi, Morocco's most famous belly dancer. The photographers went wild. Darling of the jet set and a fixture for any society party or hotel opening, Noor's statuesque six feet frame was clothed in a spangled, off-the-shoulder ballgown slit up the side to reveal her long legs.

UK: RAF's first openly transgender pilot came out to Prince William

UK's first openly transgender RAF pilot - who trained in Lincolnshire - has spoken about her emotions in coming out to colleagues, including Prince William.

Search-and-rescue pilot Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom, 34, is a decorated RAF officer who is Britain’s first and only openly transgender military pilot and trained at RAF Cranwell.

She told the Mail on Sunday she had always been "one of the boys as both a man and a woman."

DOJ: Transgender discrimination is sex discrimination

WASHINGTON DC -- In a huge policy shift, Attorney General Eric Holder said today that the Department of Justice will no longer assert that “Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass gender identity per se (including transgender discrimination).”

Sarah Warbelow, Legal Director at the Human Rights Campaign, hailed the policy change as significant.

GLAD appalled by appeals court ruling denying care to transgender prisoner

BOSTON, Massachusetts -- The full First Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed an earlier ruling that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide Michelle Kosilek, an incarcerated transgender woman, medically-necessary gender reassignment surgery.

The decision was divided, with a 3-2 majority and two sharply worded dissents.

Nova Scotia government sets guidelines for transgender students

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is releasing new guidelines to help school boards protect transgender students from discrimination.

The guidelines recommend using a student's preferred name and pronoun, providing gender-neutral washrooms and ensuring access to physical education classes for all students.

Education Minister Karen Casey says the measures are meant to make schools safe, respectful and supportive of transgender students.

PFLAG issues "Trans Ally" guide

WASHINGTON, DC -- Nearly 700,000 people identify as transgender in the U.S., according to The Williams Institute at UCLA, yet there has not been a handy, accessible tool for the millions of other Americans, all current or prospective trans allies, to know how to engage respectfully with trans people — until now.

Meet the world's first non-gender person, legally speaking

A Scot who officially became the world’s first non-gender person has revealed the incredible journey of a lifelong identity crisis.

Norrie May-Welby grew up as a boy in Paisley, Scotland — not knowing if he wanted to be male or female.

The intersex campaigner finally won a four-year legal battle to be recognized as "Spansexual" in April and even has a passport stating "Sex not specified."

Norrie, who now lives in Sydney, Australia, switches from a male or female appearance on any given day. “I did a quiz on the Internet the other day that suggested I am 56% female and 44% male."

Saskatchewan prohibits transgender discrimination

Saskatchewan has changed its human rights legislation to protect transgender people from discrimination and strike down a law that let landlords weed out gay renters.

The province updated its Human Rights Code to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.

"Transgender people have always been protected by the code," Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission chief commissioner David Arnot said in a press release.

Ohio: Toledo adds transgender protections to law after vicious attack

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The Toledo City Council voted 12-0 on Tuesday to bolster the city's hate-crime law to protect transgender people.

The action follows a brutal attack last month on Candice Rose Milligan, a well-known transgender activist in Northwest Ohio. She was assaulted and robbed by at least three men shouting homophobic slurs in downtown Toledo, and was hospitalized in critical condition and underwent several surgeries.

Transgender students’ gender identity must be respected, feds say

A new government guidance has LGBT rights advocates "thrilled."

In one short paragraph of a 34-page memo released on Dec. 1, the Department of Education articulated a clear stance on gender identity, saying transgender students in public schools should be enrolled in single-sex classes that align with how they live their lives day-to-day.

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