U.S. Office of Personnel Management @USOPM, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission @EEOCNews, U.S. Office of Special Counsel, and U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board @USMSPB (USA)

Four Federal Government agencies with roles in ensuring fairness in the federal workplace released a guide on the rights and processes available to applicants and employees who allege sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination. The guide was reissued after more than a decade and was been substantially revised to reflect major developments in the law. The agencies collaborating on the guide are the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

The guide, entitled, “Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment: A Guide to Employment Rights, Protections, and Responsibilities,” can be found here.

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Cole v. Johnson (USA)


A federal court in Illinois is allowing one of Dameon Cole‘s many lawsuits to proceed. Cole, a Man who identifies as a Woman serving time for violent felonies, asserts an Eighth Amendment deliberate indifference claim against three prison officials and an Eighth Amendment failure to protect claim against two.

Cole v. Johnson

“Mary” & Alberta Human Rights Commission (Canada)

Catholic school trustee Patricia Grell

Catholic school trustee Patricia Grell

An Edmonton mother filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission after the Edmonton Catholic school district refused to let “Mary,” her transgender child, born a male, use the girls’ washroom.

The mother approached the school principal, the district principal, the superintendent, even the minister of education, arguing her child should be able to use the girls’ washroom. But the girls’ washroom remains off limits, with the boy instead escorted by another student to a gender-neutral washroom each time the need arises.

The family found an ally in Catholic school trustee Patricia Grell, who has publicly criticized the administration’s decision and has thus sided with men’s rights activists.

Edmonton Catholic school bans transgender child, 7, from girls’ washroom – Edmonton – CBC News

Edmonton Catholic School Bans Transgender Child, 7, From Girls’ Washroom

Greg Ward AKA Karisma Garcia & Prison Abolition and Prisoner Support P A P S @_P_A_P_S_ SRLP @SRLP (USA)


Greg Ward AKA Karisma Garcia is a Transgender Women currently incarcerated for robbing a person with cerebral palsy at knifepoint. He has appealed to the Prison Abolition and Prisoner Support group for a penpal, an effort supported by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. The law project is well-known for encouraging people to write inmates, many of who are serving times for violent felonies, including child sexual abuse, without disclosing this information.

Here is an article detailing Ward’s most recent crime: Continue reading

Earl J. Poleski @EarlJPoleski and House Bill 4052 (USA)

Republican lawmaker Earl J. Poleski  introduced legislation to override the 38 municipal LGBT civil rights ordinances passed in cities across Michigan. House Bill 4052, the “Local Government Employer Mandate Prohibition Act,” seeks to limit the units of local government to adopt, enforce or administer certain local mandates for employers. The bill would prohibit local units of government from creating a “community benefits ordinance” under which contractors or developers would enact new rules for engaging in business with other companies; prohibit local units from establishing any requirement related to employee wages or benefits except as provided by law; and void any community benefits ordinance or similar ordinance adopted by a local unit in violation of the act.

Michigan does not have protections for sexual orientation and gender identity listed under the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Local government bodies would therefore be prohibited from adopting, enforcing or administering an ordinance, local policy or resolution regulating the relationship between an employer and its employees or potential employees if the resolution contains requirements exceeding those imposed by the state or federal government.

We oppose this legislation.

PrideSource – State House GOP Introduces Bill To Void Local Human Rights Ordinances

Mary Haddock-Staniland (New Zealand)


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