A Lake Macquarie (Australia) man who claimed he was discriminated against by police because he was transgender and identifies as a woman had his case dismissed as ‘‘lacking in substance’’ by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal. Shaye Rasmussen, of Chain Valley Bay North, initially complained to the Anti-Discrimination Board after he was arrested and charged with assault in January last year, the tribunal found recently. Rasmussen later pleaded guilty to assaulting his brother and assaulting police and then complained that police discriminated against him on the grounds of his transgender status.
In 1996, Nigella Lawson wrote an article for The Times that is still relevant today:
Perhaps one of the most telling symptoms of the transsexual is that there is no other interpretation allowed of their malaise than the one they choose to put on it. As tonight’s moving television programme, The Wrong Body (part of Channel 4′s Decision series) shows, even while transsexuals complain about the intolerance that the rest of us have for them and their condition, it is they who are so intolerant.
In the first instance, they cannot tolerate their sex, in fact are so unable to tolerate it that the only way they have of dealing with it is first to deny it and then, if possible, to do away with it. Read more…
The University of Illinois lags behind in resources available to the transgender community in comparison to other schools within the Big Ten, specifically in regard to health care, gender-neutral housing and gender-neutral bathrooms, said Stephanie Skora, president of the Campus Union for Trans* Equality and Support and a transwoman. To help counter this, Illinois student senator Justin Ostrowski, senior in LAS, submitted a resolution to the senate asking for its support to create a more trans-inclusive campus. One of the main goals CUT*ES has is to push administration to pay attention to the lack of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus, as many buildings don’t have them, Ostrowski said. Skora hopes to submit a ballot for the spring semester’s student referenda requesting more inclusive bathrooms. If it passes, she said the student body will show administrators that this is an issue they support.
CUT*ES plans to push the administration this year to establish policy requiring gender-neutral bathrooms to be built when any building undergoes significant construction, Skora said. CUT*ES recently created a bathroom committee to help try and get access to blueprints and construction documents to make an overall list of where bathrooms are and where they are lacking. Skora said there are more than 100 bathrooms on campus that are single-stalled locking bathrooms “with a gender needlessly assigned to them.” Apparently, the needs of women to be able to toilet in piece away from male-bodied people is not relevant to Skora.
Skora attests that health care for transgender people is very expensive, whether it be hormones or a gender confirmation surgery. The expense prohibits a lot of trans-people from receiving appropriate medical care, making it a class-based issue in the community, Skora said. Skora also added that many health care professionals are not necessarily trained in trans issues. Both Ostrowski and Skora serve as members of the University’s student insurance advisory committee and are investigating the possibility of securing trans-inclusive healthcare for the Fall 2014 semester.
From a news report:
“Emily LeVan said she legally changed her daughter’s name last week from Keaten to Keat to reflect her identification with the female gender (ed. note – her word) and announced the move on Facebook. LeVan said parents of some of Keat’s classmates at Highland Elementary School in Morrow County wrote negative or derogatory messages about her daughter.
‘I am terribly ticked that the parents are allowed to send their boy to school as a girl and put him in this embarrassing situation,’ wrote one parent, and another called her actions child abuse.
The transgender girl said she was teased by other children as she started her transition last year, saying that she was a boy the year before. ‘I said, ‘I was a girl, and it’s none of your business,’’ said 9-year-old Keat.”
The video where Emily LeVan voluntarily puts her child on the television news appears here. In the video, it appears that the “social media harassment” of which LeVan complains consists of people disagreeing with her parenting choices. Contrary to the view of MRAs, people actually have the right to disagree that “liking pink” or “liking Barbie” transforms a boy into a girl. Indeed, Feminists have fought against sex stereotypes like this for decades. On a related point, GLBT Organizations push legislation to ban sexual orientation change therapy, which forces gay and lesbian youth (who are generally identifiable as such because they are gender nonconforming) to adopt rigid sex stereotypes in order to appear “less gay.”
Gender Identity, rather than dismantle sex stereotypes, instead embraces them as more powerful than sex. Indeed, identification with sex stereotypes are so powerful that they can turn a little boy into a girl, simply because he likes Barbie and sparkly things. Query how it isn’t “sexual orientation change therapy” to make a gender nonconforming child embrace stereotypes associated with the opposite sex (“I like pink”) as a way to make them “become” the opposite sex – thus rendering them gender conforming with their identified sex. On a related point, “progressive” countries like Iran embrace sex reassignment surgery while condemning homosexuality, thus incentivizing gay and lesbian people to “change their sex” as a way to stay alive.
Gender Identity is a conservative ideology. And it is dangerous to tell children that they are bullying another child by correctly identifying that the child was a boy last year. And it is not inconceivable that it is child abuse to subject your child to this ideology.
Doe, a man who identifies as a woman, is a client of the New York City Human Resources Administration’s (HRA) HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA). Does was diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder, and “has completed convertive surgery.” The court does not specify what this means. On August 31, 2011, Does requested that HASA update its records to reflect her legal name change and change of gender information, and to obtain a benefits card to reflect the same. Doe alleged that HASA denied her request to change the gender marker on her benefits card and that HASA employees demeaned her by continuing to address her by her former male name and using male pronouns. Doe brought four causes of action against the City of New York. The first two are related to gender and disability discrimination under the New York State Human Rights Law (State HRL) pursuant to Executive Law § 290 et seq., and the third and fourth causes of action cite gender and disability discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law (City HRL) pursuant to New York Administrative Code § 8-107(4) and (6). The City moved to dismiss, and the Court denied the motion, as follows.