Doe v. Massachusetts Department of Correction (USA)

A incarcerated man, who identifies as a transgender woman, has filed a lawsuit in a federal district court against the Massachusetts Department of Correction (“DOC” or “the department”) alleging multiple civil rights violations arising from the department’s refusal to place him in an all-female prison.

The inmate, who is identified in the lawsuit under the pseudonym Jane Doe, is currently serving a three to five year sentence for a non-violent drug offense. His lawsuit, crafted by GLAD attorneys, claims the “Defendants have undermined Jane Doe’s ability to live as a woman, have punished her for attempting to do so, and have refused to provide reasonable accommodations for her diagnosed condition. They have traumatized her by forcing her to live in a male correctional facility, subjecting her to strip searches by male correctional officers, forcing her to shower in view of male prisoners who inappropriately comment on her female breast development and otherwise harass her, and refusing to address or refer to her using female pronouns.” The complaint additionally alleges Doe was told he “could not be transferred to the women’s prison until [he] has genital surgery” and that the department has “yet to allow [him] to receive this surgery.”

GLAD asserts “MA DOC has incorrectly housed [Doe] in an all-male facility,” conveniently ignoring the fact that placing a male inmate in an all-female facility would violate the civil rights of every woman incarcerated there under the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

The complaint seeks injunctive relief in the form of a transfer from MCI-Norfolk (a men’s facility) to MCI-Framingham (a women’s facility), to force the DOC to “treat Jane Doe the same as other women held by the DOC,” refer to Doe using only a “female name” and pronouns, to grant Doe “separate shower time without the presence of men,” to “only allow strip searches of Jane Doe to be conducted by female correctional officers,” to “provide Jane Doe access to preventative healthcare, including mammograms,” and reasonable attorney’s fees and costs of action.

Transgender woman sues over placement in male prison — Washington Post

Complaint — filed November 15, 2017

Ja Du (USA)

Ja Du is a white man from Florida (also known as Adam) who identifies as a Filipino woman. He states, “Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin.”

He recently started a support group on Facebook for others who identify as “transracial.”

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According to Du, “I think things that make no sense to most people make sense to us on an individual level in almost every person, like a swelling feeling you feel when you listen to dramatic music … It’s all sound and vibration but something in it relates to your soul on such a subconscious level that you connect with it and [that’s] how I feel about the Filipino culture.”

“In addition to taking what she claims is a Philippine name, Ja Du says she enjoys Philippine food and music and feels most intrigued by TV shows on Philippine culture. She also drives a purple motorized rickshaw that she calls a “tuk-tuk.””

Du’s public announcement of  his “transracial” identity has been met with a mixture of criticism and support, but mostly criticism because identifying with something one is clearly, objectively not is absurd. Right? Oh wait.

“I welcome the attention greatly,” says Ja Du, surprising no one.

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Ja Du, a “Filipina woman”

‘Transracial’ man born white feels like he is Filipino

Filipinos Aren’t Happy With This White Woman Claiming To Be Filipina

Ja Du’s ‘transracial’ identity isn’t real—but being transgender definitely is

 

Pentagon Pays for Active-Duty Military Service Member’s Gender-Reassignment Surgery (USA)

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On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that it paid for the gender-reassignment surgery of an active-duty military service member who identifies as a transgender woman.

The anonymous military service member, who earned a Combat Infantry Badge in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in 2003, is the first individual to receive gender-reassignment surgery under a waiver allowing the Pentagon to fund the procedure.

According to a statement from the Pentagon, “Because this service member had already begun a sex-reassignment course of treatment, and the treating doctor deemed this surgery medically necessary, a waiver was approved by the director of the Defense Health Agency. The Supplemental Health Care Program will cover this surgery in accordance with the Department’s interim guidance on transgender Service members.”

The surgery was performed at a civilian hospital, as “military hospitals do not have the surgical expertise to perform this type of surgery.”

Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, head of the Defense Health Agency, approved the waiver request for the surgery, disregarding a memorandum issued by President Trump in August banning government funding for such operations. The ban was blocked by a federal judge in October.

Pentagon Pays for Service Members’ Gender-Reassignment Surgery — U.S. News

Pentagon to pay for surgery for transgender soldier — NBC News

Pentagon will pay for transgender soldier’s gender-reassignment surgery — The Hill

 

 

Anthony Loveday (USA)

Anthony Loveday, a man who identifies as a woman and who is currently incarcerated, claims the state’s refusal to provide him hormones “amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.”

Loveday, who is represented by the ACLU of Indiana, filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Correction (“DOC”) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The lawsuit alleges Loveday’s gender dysphoria causes “mental anguish stemming from the discrepancy between [his] identification as a female and the physical male attributes with which [he] was born” and that he “experiences anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation as a result of her condition.”

According to the DOC’s response to the complaint, the DOC “has an informal policy … that if an offender did not enter the DOC already on Hormones, the contractual medical staff nor the IDOC are not under any obligation to provide hormone therapy for offenders who discover they are Transgender while incarcerated.”

Loveday plead guilty and was convicted in 2008 of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, and possession of child pornography. He is currently serving a 39-year sentence at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, IN. He was previously convicted of child molestation and sexual battery in 1995.

Transgender inmate sues over hormone therapy — indystar.com

BMore Queer (Facebook)

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BMore Queer is a Facebook group that recently removed a lesbian from the group after the lesbian objected to the anti-lesbian slur “TERF” used on this post:

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In 2017, the LGBT Movement is an anti-lesbian movement that expects Lesbians to bow down to Queer ideology.

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Civil Status Law Must Allow a Third Gender Option (Germany)

The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany recently ruled “that binary gender designations violated the right to privacy.” The court ordered lawmakers to “create a third gender category for people who do not identify as either male or female or were born with ambiguous sexual traits” or “dispense with gender altogether in public documents” by the end of 2018.

This decision comes in the case of a German citizen identified only as Vanja, who filed a constitutional complaint alleging a violation of the general right of personality and discrimination based on gender following a denied request to replace “female” on Vanja’s birth certificate with “inter/diverse.”

“The assignment to a gender is of paramount importance for individual identity; it typically occupies a key position both in the self-image of a person and how the person is perceived by others,” the court found. “It also protects the sexual identity of those persons who are neither male nor female.”

Germany Must Allow Third Gender Category, Court Rules — New York Times

Topshop (UK) @topshop

Topshop, a fashion retailer which maintains approximately 500 stores worldwide, “has announced it now has gender-neutral changing rooms following” accusations of transphobia from customers.

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Travis Alabanza, a man who identifies as trans feminine, decided to use a women’s fitting room at a Topshop store in Manchester, and was asked to instead use the men’s fitting room. According to Alablanza, “I was quite upset – it ruined my day.”

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In response, Topshop replied that although the attendant asked Alablanza to use the men’s fitting room, “the policy was already in place at the time and its changing rooms are already gender-neutral space.” A spokesperson for Topshop also stated, “All Topshop and Topman customers are free to use any of the fitting rooms located within our stores.”

Topshop announces gender-neutral changing rooms after trans customer was refused access to female cubicles — telegraph.co.uk

Topshop ABOLISHES women-only changing rooms in favour of gender neutral spaces after pressure from transgender customers — dailymail.com