QBits

"Debi shares the story of her daughter, who transitioned from male to female when she was four years old. She challenges the ignorant comments she hears."

"…persistently, insistantly, consistently…"

(via Watch A Child Dismantle Fox’s Panic Over Gender-Neutral Restrooms | Blog | Media Matters for America)

Brian Kilmeade is right “they’re better people than us. I could not figure it out and we had the story in front of us.” Seems to be true of much of Fox’s reporting, no?
Q.

(via Transgender policy adopted by Vancouver School Board - British Columbia - CBC News)

"Vancouver School Board chair Patti Bacchus says the consultation process for this motion was unprecedented.

"We heard personal stories from families about how important it was for their children to be supported. We heard from youth that had not been supported in their experience and how difficult that was," said Bacchus.

"We heard research that tells us students who are transgender, who are not well supported, are at disproportionate risk of suicide, self harm and dropping out of school."

Speaking ahead of the vote, Bacchus said the policy change was a necessary step forward.

"We need to do this," says Bacchus. "There’s research that suggests when LGBT kids are supported at school, it actually lowers high-risk behaviours for all students."

Bacchus says the changes would also help combat the bias and discrimination faced by transgender students.”

Transgender policy up for vote at Vancouver School Board tonight

So property values are more important than the safety and education of children… has to be the most specious argument yet.

Q.

Policy would allow students to choose gender identity and washroom

CBC News Posted: Jun 16, 2014 7:10 AM PT Last Updated: Jun 16, 2014 7:44 AM PT

The Vancouver School Board is voting Monday night on policy that would allow students to choose their gender identity and washroom.

The Vancouver School Board is voting Monday night on policy that would allow students to choose their gender identity and washroom.

Vancouver School Board trustees meet tonight to vote on a controversial policy that would provide supports for transgender students.

The policy update would allow students to be addressed by the name that corresponds with their own gender identity. It would also allow transgender students to use the washroom of their choice. 

Vancouver School Board chair Patti Bacchus says it’s a necessary step forward.

"We need to do this," says Bacchus. "There’s research that suggests when LGBT kids are supported at school, it actually lowers high-risk behaviours for all students."

Bacchus says the changes would also help combat the bias and discrimination faced by transgender students.       

Opponents of the policy say it is not in line with traditional values, and some even worry it might affect the value of their real estate.

Last week, the Non-Partisan Association expelled two long-serving school trustees, Ken Denike and Sophia Woo, from its caucus after the pair held a news conference calling for a delay to planned revisions to the school board’s transgender policy.

At the news conference Denike and Woo told reporters that real estate agents are concerned about the policy’s potential negative impact on the enrolment of international students, and this could lower the values of properties in the city’s West Side.

Bacchus says the two are not focused on the needs of students.

"My colleagues Ken Denike and Sophia Woo are apparently worried about property values," says Bacchus.        

Trustees are scheduled to vote on the proposed guidelines Monday night. Bacchus promises a lively debate starting at 7 p.m. PT.

(via World Health Organization: Eliminate Forced Surgery For Transgender People | ThinkProgress)

“Discrimination on the basis of gender identity,” the report offers, has been recognized as a “human rights violation.” It recommends that laws be revised to “remove any requirements for compulsory sterilization of transgender persons.”

(via World Health Organization: Eliminate Forced Surgery For Transgender People | ThinkProgress)

“Discrimination on the basis of gender identity,” the report offers, has been recognized as a “human rights violation.” It recommends that laws be revised to “remove any requirements for compulsory sterilization of transgender persons.”

The Whittington Family: Ryland’s Story (by TheWhittingtonFamily)

Parenting, doing it right.

Israel: Minimum age for gender confirmation surgery lowered to 18

Patients will still have to leave Israel for treatment

Patients will still have to leave Israel for treatment

Israel has lowered the minimum age to proceed with gender confirmation surgery from 21 to 18, officials have announced.

Haaretz reports the new regulations mean people wishing to go through with the procedure must live a minimum of one year with their new gender identity.

The previous policy stated that a person must be 21 and live a minimum of two years with their new gender – this lead to protests from Israel’s transgender community causing the regulations to be altered.

Requests for the procedure will now be decided by a newly-regulated committee made up of a psychologist, endocrinologist, gynecologist, urologist and representative of the transgender community.

Under the new system, the use of hormones will no longer be mandatory for undergoing the operation; the decision will be left to the special committee.

The Health Ministry in Israel now fully recognises gender confirmation surgery as part of a requirement of the country’s health care system. But due to lack of expertise, patients will still have to leave Israel for treatment.

The last procedure that took place in Israel was in 2012.

Birth certificate law discriminates against transgender Albertans, judge rules

Province given 30 days to reissue birth certificate to transgender woman

The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 24, 2014 8:02 AM MT Last Updated: Apr 24, 2014 8:37 AM MT

A judge has ruled that an Alberta law dealing with birth certificates violates the rights of transgender people. 

The ruling comes a week after Premier Dave Hancock announced changes will be made to the Vital Statistics Act. 

The law states that transgender persons must have reassignment surgery before they can change the sex on their birth certificates. Hancock said the surgery requirement will be dropped, but there is no word on when that might happen. 

Justice Brian Burrows said the government has 30 days to issue a new birth certificate to a 23-year-old transgender woman who filed the legal challenge.

Representing herself in court, the woman argued that she needs to have her birth certificate switched from male to female so she can move on with her life. She said she doesn’t want to have surgery and the birth certificate she has now makes her feel like “a second-class citizen, undeserving of having my identity as female recognized.” 

Burrows agreed.

He also ruled the current legislation violates the Constitution and can no longer be in force. 

Transgendered persons encounter disadvantage, prejudice, stereotyping and vulnerability because their felt sex is not the sex recorded at birth,” he wrote in his decision. 

He said the law, as it stands, contributes to the prejudice. 

"When asked, at the presentation of this application, how it could possibly matter that a person born male, but who has transitioned and lives female, have a birth certificate that says they are female, counsel for Alberta could offer no answer.” 

A spokeswoman with Service Alberta, Jessica Johnson, said the judge’s ruling will be respected and the woman will receive a new birth certificate by the judge’s deadline. 

Johnson said details of the new legislation are still being worked out. 

Human rights complaints have been filed in at least four provinces Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia  calling for changes to such laws. 

In British Columbia, a bill was recently introduced that would remove the condition that a person must first have sex reassignment surgery. It would also allow children, with parental consent, to switch the sex listed on their birth certificates. 

In 2012, Ontario’s human rights tribunal declared it discriminatory to require surgery for a transgender woman who wanted to switch to female from male on her birth certificate. The province revised its legislation to allow a change with a note from a doctor or psychologist, but set an age limit of at least 18.

(via BBC News - India court recognises transgender people as third gender)

India’s Supreme Court has recognised transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling.

"It is the right of every human being to choose their gender," it said in granting rights to those who identify themselves as neither male nor female.

(via BBC News - India court recognises transgender people as third gender)

India’s Supreme Court has recognised transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling.

"It is the right of every human being to choose their gender," it said in granting rights to those who identify themselves as neither male nor female.

Trans teacher reinstated by school board following parent complaints

Laura Jane Klug has been reinstated

Laura Jane Klug has been reinstated

Following a school board meeting convened because due to complaints from parents about her gender identity, a transgender teacher has been reinstated.

Laura Jane Klug had been teaching as a substitute at Lumberton Intermediate School, but has said she was told not to return to her classes after parents said they were concerned that their children might be “distracted” because she is transgender.

She said she had met with an HR representative of the Lumberton Independent School, John Valastro, on Tuesday afternoon, and that she had been suspended, pending a decision by the school board.

Now following a meeting of the board, Klug late on Thursday said she had been reinstated.

“I do feel relieved in the fact that I have been reinstated. I’m not going to jump in and start subbing tomorrow. I do want to give them some time.

“Hopefully this is going to be a really good learning moment for everybody involved,” The 52-year-old said. “It’s certainly an opportunity for principals to address the issue of people who are gender-nonconforming. Also, it might encourage somebody who is questioning their gender to maybe come forward.”

The school board heard from 13 public speakers on the issue, who were split on whether Klug should be reinstated or not.

Some parents had claimed that Klug’s gender identity proved to be a “distraction”, saying that it could “affect [childrens’] ability to learn,” and that the issue was to do with the age of children.

(via Mom of transgender child wants ID rules changed - Saskatchewan - CBC News)

"Fran Forsberg has filed a complaint to Saskatchewan’s Human Rights Commission on behalf of her six-year-old child, Renn, after the province’s Vital Statistics Agency refused to change Renn’s sex designation from "Male" to "Female" on the youngster’s birth records.

    ‘We used to have have race on our birth certificates.’- Fran Forsberg

Renn was born with male genitalia but has identified as a girl since the age of three. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, children establish their gender identity between 18 to 30 months. When Forsberg sought to change Renn’s birth record, she submitted reports from a physician and psychologist confirming that Renn identifies as a female. The Vital Statistics Agency, however, was not moved.”

(via Mom of transgender child wants ID rules changed - Saskatchewan - CBC News)

"Fran Forsberg has filed a complaint to Saskatchewan’s Human Rights Commission on behalf of her six-year-old child, Renn, after the province’s Vital Statistics Agency refused to change Renn’s sex designation from "Male" to "Female" on the youngster’s birth records.

‘We used to have have race on our birth certificates.’- Fran Forsberg

Renn was born with male genitalia but has identified as a girl since the age of three. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, children establish their gender identity between 18 to 30 months. When Forsberg sought to change Renn’s birth record, she submitted reports from a physician and psychologist confirming that Renn identifies as a female. The Vital Statistics Agency, however, was not moved.”

"The BC government introduced legislation March 10 that includes a proposed amendment to allow people, including minors, to change the gender designation on their birth certificates without having to prove they have undergone surgery.

Minors must go through the extra step of getting the consent of their parents or guardians, the amendment states.”

New York City Schools Implement Transgender Inclusion Guidelines

By Zack Ford on March 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

New York City Schools Implement Transgender Inclusion Guidelines

NYC Department of Education

The New York City Department of Education has introduced new guidelines to help schools respect transgender students and meet whatever unique needs they might have. The guidelines recommend that schools respect trans students’ gender identities and make facilities and activities as inclusive as possible. Here are some of the suggestions for protecting trans students:

  • School personnel should not reveal student’s transgender status to other employees, students, parents, or other third parties; it could be an unlawful violation of a student’s privacy.
  • Though permanent records can only be altered with a court order or new birth certificate, the school should otherwise use the name and gender preferred by the student.
  • Students should be addressed by the name and corresponding pronoun that reflect the gender identity they consistently assert at school.
  • Generally, students should be permitted to participate in physical education and sports in accordance with the student’s gender identity that is consistently asserted at school.
  • In any activity where students are separated by gender, students should be permitted to participate in accordance with their gender identity.
  • If trans students have specific privacy concerns, accommodations should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The guidelines could go far toward mitigating the bullying and harassment that trans students experience, creating an environment where they can safely explore their identities. California passed a law last year that similarly guarantees full inclusion for trans students. Conservatives attempted to challenge the law with a referendum, but failed to collect the signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot.

(via Ecuador: Trans woman files lawsuit against government for refusing to acknowledge her gender identity - PinkNews.co.uk · PinkNews.co.uk)

"However, Ecuador does not allow transgender people to change their legal gender unless they have undergone a full surgical transition.

“I have to continue the process, not only for me but for the entire GLBT community, and in this case specifically for the trans community,” Ms Rodriguez said.”

(via Ecuador: Trans woman files lawsuit against government for refusing to acknowledge her gender identity - PinkNews.co.uk · PinkNews.co.uk)

"However, Ecuador does not allow transgender people to change their legal gender unless they have undergone a full surgical transition.

“I have to continue the process, not only for me but for the entire GLBT community, and in this case specifically for the trans community,” Ms Rodriguez said.”