Mary Haddock-Staniland (New Zealand)

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Farmers is investigating after an Auckland trans woman says she was described as a ‘half woman’ by a staff member at the retail chain. Media personality Mary Haddock-Staniland says she was asked by staff member in the women’s fashion department if she was a man or woman, then described within earshot to other shoppers as ‘half woman’.

Farmers investigating in-store transphobia

Cruz v. Zucker (USA)

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Claims that New York state’s new policy on Medicaid funding for sex reassignment surgery falls short because it doesn’t cover cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation and voice therapy will go forward following a judge’s order. Southern District Judge Jed Rakoff refused to dismiss three claims based on refusal to fully fund the treatment of gender identity disorder or gender dysphoria under the Medicaid program, 14 U.S.C. Section 1396, including refusing surgery for those under 18.

Rakoff also dealt with an issue under the Affordable Care Act, refusing to dismiss a sex-based discrimination claim that says people should be able to pursue cosmetic surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. However he also granted the state’s motion to dismiss on a claim under the act for youth hormone therapy for those under 18.

Lawsuit Proceeds for Funding of Sex Reassignment Surgery _ New York Law Journal

Cruz v. Zucker Docket

ICE @ICEgov (USA)

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has announced that it will openly violate the rights of Women and Girls by housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with. Detention staff should consider transgender detainees’ preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing and what pronouns should be used, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in new guidelines for the treatment of transgender detainees. Continue reading

Oliver @HeyAndyOliver v. Reconciling Ministries Network @rmnetwork (USA)

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According to news accounts, Andy Oliver, the former director of communications for Reconciling Ministries Network, a pro-GLBT Methodist group boasting the support of hundreds of congregations throughout the country, claims that the organization has exhibited transgender discrimination, according to a complaint filed with the Cook County, Illinois Commission on Human Rights. Oliver accused the group’s executive director, Matt Berryman, unjustly fired him following his refusal to engage in an action he considered discriminatory on the basis of gender identity.

We support Mr. Oliver in his complaint. Discrimination in the workplace based on sex stereotypes is wrong, and retaliating against a worker for refusing to participate in such discrimination is also wrong.

Reconciling Ministries Network Ex-Employee Files ‘Gender Identity Discrimination’ Complaint Against Pro-LGBT Methodist Group

Dee Dee Webber AKA Albert Webber & @SRLP @solitarywatch (USA)

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The Sylvia Rivera Law Project has highlighted yet another child rapist on its website. Dee Dee Webber, who wrote this account of being in solitary confinement, is a convicted child rapist.

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Voices from Solitary_ Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Transgender Women _ Solitary Watch