Ryan Scott Fortney is a man who “identifies as” a woman. He harasses women online by establishing Twitter accounts to highlight how “hateful” it is for women to know he is male. He also has a fondess for sticking up his middle finger. Here is his Facebook page where he complains that women knowing he is male is hate speech.
Most recently, he fabricated a blog comment from Cathy Brennan on this blog to suggest that she wants transwomen to die. This is false, but as Ryan cannot rely on the truth to advance his agenda, it is unsurprising that he would stoop to such tactics. Cathy’s original comment stated: “I am not cis. Stop misgendering me.”
Chloie Jönsson, a man who identifies as a woman, is suing CrossFit for violating California law that bans discrimination based on gender identity. Jönsson claims CrossFit’s ban on allowing biologicial males to compelet with females violates state law. Jönsson is apparently represented by the same lawyer who represents B. Scott in his lawsuit against BET.
For International Women’s Day, Google posted a Doodle that featured women on a broad spectrum of locations, ages, and races, speaking different languages, engaging in various activities, and occupying an array of roles. Included in the montage are two US-based Men who identify as Women: child prostitution supporter Janet Mock and Cecilia Chung, San Francisco Health Commissioner.
Originally posted on culturallyboundgender:
The bathroom/locker room issue is one where I feel both sides are talking past each other, rather than to each other. So let’s talk about it. This is what I’ve seen, by reading things from both sides and trying to get past the intense personal rages that tend to frame these discussions on both sides.
Trans people, by and large, aren’t rapists and have no interest in sexually assaulting or causing any type of physical or emotional harm. Many trans women, in particular, believe (often rightfully so) that their physical safety and mental health could be endangered by men in men’s locker rooms or bathrooms.
I accept all of this, completely. However, what I don’t accept is the idea that no men will take advantage of there being a legitimated way to gain access to women’s spaces. Let’s talk about some numbers.
Sebastian Kothmann is a female who identifies as a man. From April 13, 2010, until April 23, 2011, Kothmann was incarcerated in the Lowell Correctional Institution (LCI), a female prison operated by the Florida Department of Corrections, where Luz Rosario was employed as the Chief Health Officer. Six years prior to his incarceration at LCI, Kothmann was diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder (GID). In addition to receiving hormone therapy, Kothmann underwent a number of surgical procedures—a hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and double mastectomy— as part of his medical treatment for GID. Upon arrival at LCI, Kothmann informed medical staff of his diagnosis and ongoing sex reassignment therapy. Rosario denied the request and Kothmann sued.
Rosario filed a motion to dismiss or, in the alternative, a motion for summary judgment. With respect to the motion to dismiss, the district court determined that Kothmann’s complaint alleged that Rosario had refused Kothmann treatment for his GID, which was sufficient to state a plausible claim that Rosario violated Kothmann’s clearly established Eighth Amendment rights. The district court denied Rosario’s alternative summary judgment motion without prejudice as premature. Rosario appealled to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. On appeal, Rosario argues that she deserves qualified immunity because no law clearly establishes that inmates have a right to receive hormone therapy as treatment for GID, because Kothmann has failed to allege facts showing Rosario was deliberately indifferent to Kothmann’s serious medical needs, and because Florida Department of Corrections policy prohibited Rosario from prescribing hormones to Kothmann.
The 11th Circuit affirmed the refusal to dismiss the case, noting that it is well settled in the 11th Circuit that intentionally refusing to provide medically necessary treatment constitutes deliberate indifference and violates the Eighth Amendment. For purposes of the motion to dismiss, the court accepted as true the complaint’s allegations that Rosario knew hormone treatment to be the accepted, medically necessary treatment for Kothmann’s GID. Thus, at the time of Kothmann’s incarceration in 2010, the state of the law was sufficiently clear to put Rosario on notice that refusing to provide Kothmann with what she knew to be medically necessary hormone treatments was a violation of the Eighth Amendment.
Mario Morales-Herrera allegedly recorded a 10-year-old girl and a 40-year-old woman using the restroom at the library during two incidents separated by two years. Morales, 40, is alleged to have dressed as a woman to place a camera in a bathroom stall in Seattle, Washington. Washington State law bans discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation,” which includes gender expression or identity. As used in this definition, “gender expression or identity” means having or being perceived as having a gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth. That law gives Morales a right to be in the rest room without being questioned. Morales is now charged with voyeurism.