Michelle (Miguel) Martinez is a man who identifies as a transgender woman. On October 19, he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl inside a bathroom. Martinez, who was a family friend, invited the girl into the bathroom where he proceeded to “touch her breasts and genitalia before penetrating her.” The girl immediately told her mother, who immediately reported the assault to the Casper, WY police. When questioned, Martinez told the police the girl was “talking crap” and called the accusations “a publicity stunt.” In court, he pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
Martinez was found guilty of first- and second-degree abuse of a minor, and may face up to 70 years in prison.
Transgender Wyoming woman convicted of sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl in bathroom — Fox News, Oct. 19, 2017
Trial begins for Casper resident charged with sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl — Billings Gazette, Oct. 16, 2017
On October 18, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the ACLU announced they have reached a settlement in the lawsuit the ACLU filed on behalf of several transgender individuals challenging the state’s controversial law, H.B. 2, and subsequent law H.B. 142.
On Sunday, October 15, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 179, known as the Gender Recognition Act, into law. The new law creates a new “gender-neutral, non-binary” category for state-issued identification documents in addition to “male and female,” and “makes it easier for transgender, intersex, and non-binary people to get official documentation that accurately reflect their gender identity.” Non-binary is defined as “an umbrella term for people with gender identities that fall somewhere outside of the traditional conceptions of strictly either female or male.” The law also removes the requirement that an individual appear in court or obtain verification from a physician in order to petition the state for updated identifying documents. California is the second state, following Oregon, and the District of Columbia, to allow individuals to “legally recognize a nonbinary gender.”
CA Bill 179 (USA) — Gender Identity Watch
California to offer gender nonconforming option on official state documents — independent.co.uk
Calif. Gov. signs non-binary gender ID bill — Windy City Times
The U.S. Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has dispatched a federal attorney with experience litigating hate crimes to help prosecute a man charged with the murder of a high school student who identified as transgender. Although the Justice Department rarely assigns its own attorneys to serve as local prosecutors, it does so in cases in which the attorney can provide particular expertise in an area of the law the federal government considers significant. Christopher Perras, a Justice Department attorney, will serve as a county prosecutor in the case against Jorge “Lumini” Sanders-Galvez, who is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Kedarie Johnson, “a gender-fluid teen with an evolving sexuality that included interests in both men and women.” Johnson was shot to death at the age of 16 in Burlington, Iowa, in March 2016.
This announcement follows Sessions’ recent memo regarding the treatment of transgender claims under Title VII, dated October 4, in which he concludes, “Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status.”
Aiding Transgender Case, Sessions Defies His Image on Civil Rights — New York Times
Federal authorities join case of slain Burlington teen — Des Moines Register
Wolfgang Schmidt, also known as the “Beast of Beelitz” (a name he earned after he murdered five women, several of whom he sexually assaulted, and a baby in Brandenburg between 1989 and 1991) and the “Pink Giant” (due to his height and affinity for pink underwear), is a violent man who identifies as a woman.
Katharine Prescott, with a photo of her deceased child, Kyler Prescott
On September 27, a federal district court for the Southern District of California ruled that Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), which prohibits “health programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance” from “discriminating against individuals on the basis of any ground listed under four different civil rights statutes,” protects individuals who identify as transgender. Judge Moskowitz states, “[b]ecause Title VII, and by extension Title IX, recognize that discrimination on the basis of transgender identity is discrimination on the basis of sex, the Court interprets the ACA to afford the same protections.” He also notes that the Ninth Circuit, which previously distinguished between “sex” and “gender,” has followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, which “abandoned [the] distinction and held that Title VII bars discrimination based on both an individual’s sex and failure to conform to socially-constructed gender expectations.”
It is worth mentioning that this decision came several days before Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama administration’s guidance instructing courts to interpret “sex” to include “gender identity” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sex.
Prescott v. Rady Children’s Hospital — court order filed September 27, 2017
Federal court finds sex discrimination laws protect transgender people — metroweekly.com
Prescott v. Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego — Gender Identity Watch