Florida Competitive Workforce Act (USA)

The Florida Competitive Workforce Act would ban discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. The Act defines “gender identity or expression” as a gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior, regardless of whether such gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth, which gender-related identity can be shown by providing evidence, including, but not limited to: (a) Medical history, care, or treatment of the gender-related identity; (b) Consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity; or (c) Other evidence that the gender-related identity is a sincerely held part of a person’s core identity and is not being asserted for an improper purpose.

The Act attempt to be objective in defining “gender identity or expression,” but undermines such “objectivity” by inserting a person’s “sincerely held” beliefs about themselves. Other commentators have discussed this concept.

No one should be discriminated against based on sex, sex stereotypes (which is what “gender identity or expression” is), or sexual orientation. However, GLBT Activists continue to put forth meaningless definitions as above, which makes passage of these laws more difficult. Unless and until GLBT Activists get honest about the reality of biological sex, they will continue to face opposition to these kinds of laws.

Florida Competitive Workforce Act.

 

Tagami v. City of Chicago et al (USA)

Sonoko Tagami is suing Chicago for its indecent exposure ordinance, which she asserts is unconstitutionally vague. Illinois state law allows women to bare their breasts while breastfeeding and doesn’t restrict women from going topless unless it’s “a lewd exposure of the body done with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of the person.” The Municipal Code of Chicago, meanwhile, prohibits “the showing of the female breast with less than a full opaque covering of any portion thereof below the top of the nipple.”

Tagami Complaint

Tagami v. City of Chicago et al Memorandum 1

Tagami v. City of Chicago et al Memorandum

Tagami v. City of Chicago et al

Chicago seeks to dismiss lawsuit over topless rights – Chicago Tribune

Manitoba (Canada)

Manitoba, Canada is the latest jurisdiction to allow people to “change their sex” with only a doctor’s note. As of February 1, Manitoba no longer requires proof of transsexual surgery in order for someone to change the sex designation on Vital Statistics Agency (“VSA”) birth documents; that is, a birth certificate or birth registration. Individuals will be able to change their sex designation if they can provide a statutory declaration and a supporting note from a health-care professional.

Proof of surgery no longer required to officially change gender in Manitoba – Manitoba – CBC News

Transgender Manitobans can change ID without surgery _ Canada _ News _ Toronto S

State of Louisiana in the Interest of M.J. (U.S.A.)

M.J., a juvenile male who identifies as a female, was adjudicated delinquent for engaging in prostitution by solicitation. M.J. appealed the adjudication, saying there was insufficient evidence to support this adjudication. He also claimed that the State had the burden to prove that M.J. was not a victim of sex trafficking at the time of the alleged violation. In his appeal, M.J. claimed that the judge was biased against him because the judge did not use his preferred name or pronouns.

The appellate court found “this allegation of bias or prejudice to be subjective and conclusory. Although the juvenile judge’s refusal to acknowledge M.J.’s gender identity might be inconsiderate, the judge made no statements during that proceeding that would support a finding of actual bias or prejudice toward M.J. … Rather, the juvenile court stated a neutral, objective reason for denying the request and for using M.J.’s legal name during the proceedings.”

M.J. also claimed that the court “made a number of off-color jokes involving transgender females in open court,” but the appellate court concluded that M.J.’s assertion was not true, as the day this allegedly happened, court proceedings were not held.

STATE OF LOUISIANA IN THE INTEREST OF M.J. Dissent

STATE OF LOUISIANA IN THE INTEREST OF M.J.

Druley v. Patton (USA)

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Jeanne Marie Druley murdered his live-in companion, Mary Ellen Rodgers, in 1986 and is serving a life sentence for murder in Oklahoma. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit recently upheld the denial of a temporary restraining order directing the prison to give him medical treatment consistent with his diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

Druley v. Patton