Gender Politics

Sweden adds gender-neutral pronoun to dictionary

The official dictionary of the Swedish language will introduce a gender-neutral pronoun in April, editors at the Swedish Academy have announced.

“Hen” will be added to “han” (he) and “hon” (she) as one of 13,000 new words in the latest edition of the Swedish Academy’s SAOL.

The pronoun is used to refer to a person without revealing their gender – either because it is unknown, because the person is transgender, or the speaker or writer deems the gender to be superfluous information.

Gay student told his outfit was "distracting," inspiring hashtag #ClothingHasNoGender

LEE’S SUMMIT, Missouri — A gay Missouri high school student is sparking change after feeling “very upset and embarrassed” when he said a school administrator told him the outfit he wore to school for his birthday last Friday was “distracting” and was “for women.”

The student, Morgan Ball, 17, said he was wearing a white T-shirt with a black shawl over it, jeans, a fashion belt and lace gloves. He also had on jewelry and make-up.

Misunderstood: Transgender in the military

Few people in America face more discrimination and are more misunderstood than transgender people. Often, it is the misunderstanding that leads to the discrimination. Tuesday night, the "CBS Evening News" with Scott Pelley will try to shed some much-needed light on their world by telling the story of Landon Wilson, who was kicked out the U.S. military simply because he is transgender.

For some in transgender community, it’s never too late to make a change

One Friday night last fall, 50 well-dressed guests piled into an apartment in Hell’s Kitchen for a party celebrating Sheela-Marie Padgett, a 57-year-old former dancer with the New York City Ballet.

Waiters passed drinks before a buffet dinner of fancy Indian food was presented. Then came a chocolate cake from the Erotic Bakery made in the shape of corseted showgirl with a male appendage. It was sliced up and served to the crowd.

After backlash, Saks Fifth Avenue settles suit with transgender employee

Last week, Saks Fifth Avenue announced that is settled an employee discrimination suit with Leyth Jamal, a transgender woman in Texas.

Jamal filed an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 alleging discrimination and harassment/hostile work environment based on her gender identity. Saks’ legal response asserted that Title VII protections don’t apply to transgender employees. 

Chelsea Manning supporters applaud court order for correct pronouns

The Army Court of Criminal Appeals has ordered the military to stop using male pronouns when referring to Chelsea Manning in all legal papers filed in her appeal.

This order comes after the military filed an opposition to requests by Manning’s attorneys to use her legal name and female pronouns when referring to her in court documents.

The order specifies that “future formal papers filed before this court and all future orders and decisions issued by this court shall either be neutral, e.g., Private First Class Manning or appellant, or employ a feminine pronoun.”

Florida: Bill could force transgender people to show ID to use restrooms

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- A state bill that would restrict access to restrooms for people who may not appear to fit the gender of the facility advanced through a house subcommittee Wednesday afternoon.

The bill, written by a South Florida lawmaker, immediately evoked negative feedback from the transgender community that says it could be forced to show identification before entering the restroom.

"Can you imagine what they're asking me to do?" said Esme Russell, a transgender woman in Tampa. "I think this is the last straw. I can't use the bathroom?"

Gender identity is biological, study says

There is growing body of evidence that gender identity is hard wired into the brain and not simply a matter of psychology, according to a new Boston University School of Medicine study.

Writing in the journal Endocrine Practice, the researchers said that as many as one in 100 people could be living with some form of gender identity disorder -- meaning they may identify their gender differently than the one they were born with.

Michigan: Feds support transgender teen in school lawsuit

WYANDOTTE, Michigan — The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who accuses several schools of discriminating against him because he’s transgender.

In a court filing last week, the U.S. Justice Department urged a judge to deny a request to dismiss the lawsuit at an early stage. The government says the boy so far has stated a “plausible claim” under federal law.

Trans Lifeline needs help to continue saving lives

Another youth suicide has occurred in the transgender community. On Sunday, February 15th, Zander Nicholas Mahaffey took his own life, leaving behind a suicide note published on his Tumblr. In his note, he says, "…even if the world doesn't see me as one…I know in my heart I am a boy." The family has ignored his request to be memorialized using his preferred pronouns and name.