Sarah (Anthony) Fadich (USA)

Sarah (formerly known as Anthony) Fadich is a man who identifies as a woman who claims his ex-wife “ex continues to boldly and maliciously use her incorrect name and pronouns causing tremendous confusion and distress to the kids.” He filed a motion seeking to compel her to use “correct and legal name and gender pronouns” when referring to him, which the court denied, citing her first amendment right to free speech. He then filed a second motion, again seeking to force his ex-wife to validate his gender identity, claiming “the only way to fight this abuse, discrimination, and injustice is to take the battle to the court room and hold the legal system accountable.”

Additionally, he’s seeking to use his position as a veteran and a transgender “mother” to fundraise his “fight to simply observe [his] custodial parental rights” and making the absurd assertion that his “kids’ emotional and psychological safety” is in jeopardy because they are not forced to refer to him as their “mother.” Apparently he thought it would be appropriate to post their photo on the internet and make public accusations against their mother (such as blaming her for “psychologically manipulating” them, “prevent[ing]their healing, prolong[ing] their suffering, and ensur[ing] that they harbor bitterness and blame towards Sarah”) in an attempt to raise money to fund his lawsuit. Shameful.

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New Hampshire H.B. 1319 (USA)

On November 7, New Hampshire Senator Ed Butler introduced H.B. 1319, “An Act prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity,” which, if passed, would add “gender identity” to the state’s existing anti-discrimination laws. The bill defines “gender identity” as “a person’s gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior” and specifies “gender-related identity may be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity, consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity, or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held as part of a person’s core identity provided, however, that gender-related identity shall not be asserted for any improper purpose.”

Read the full text here: New Hampshire H.B. 1319

Gabrielle Bouchard (Canada)

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Gabrielle Bouchard, a man who identifies as a woman, has been elected to serve as president of the Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ), Quebec’s main women’s federation.

Bouchard, who ran unopposed, recognizes that “some women are really, really, not happy” that a male individual has been elected to lead a women’s rights organization.

The FFQ’s mission includes the aim to “deconstruct and eliminate patriarchy and all the other systems of oppression or domination with which it is intertwined, such as capitalism, racism, imperialism, heterosexism, colonialism.”

Quebec women’s federation chooses first trans leader

Bruce v. South Dakota (USA)

On October 13, Terri Bruce, a transgender man, filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, Western Division, alleging the South Dakota State Employee Health Plan “singles out transgender employees for unequal treatment by categorically depriving them of all medical care for gender dysphoria, regardless of whether those treatments are medically necessary under accepted standards of care” in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Bruce, who is represented by the ACLU, claims the state health plan declined to cover a mastectomy due to the categorical exclusion of “services or drugs related to gender transformations,” however, a mastectomy would be covered for an individual who “had been assigned male at birth and [was] experiencing clinically significant psychological distress from the size of his breasts … as medically necessary”

In its answer, the state admits mastectomy as medically necessary is covered under the health plan, subject to the specific exclusion of coverage for “services or drugs related to gender transformations,” but that “whether there is a legitimate medical justification for the exclusion is the subject of an existing dispute in the medical field.”

State of South Dakota sued over transgender health policy

State denies plan discriminates against transgender members

Nova Maday v. Township High School District 211 (USA)

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On November 30, Nova Maday, an 18-year-old male who identifies as a girl, filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court seeking access to the girls’ locker room at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois. The lawsuit claims Township High School District 211 (“the district”) “violat[ed] the Illinois Human Rights Act by treating her differently than other girls solely because she is transgender,” referring to the district’s refusal to allow Maday access to the girls’ locker room. Maday is the second transgender student to sue the district for access to the girls’ locker room. In 2015, the district settled a lawsuit filed by the U.S Department of Education and the ACLU on behalf of a transgender student allowing that student access to the girls’ locker rooms within a private changing area.

Maday, who is also represented by the ACLU of Illinois, claims the district “refused, withheld from, and denied Nova the full and equal enjoyment of its facilities, namely the girls’ locker rooms, based on her gender-related identity” in violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act. The complaint admits Maday agreed to use “the private restroom in the nurse’s office to change for P.E. class” but also claims doing so caused “anxiety, depression, and worsening of her gender dysphoria” and that as a result “her P.E. grade rapidly declined.” The complaint states, “The District’s actions signal to Nova that she is not really a girl and should feel ashamed of who she is and about her body, in particular.” Maday seeks “an order directing [the district] to cease and desist from discriminating on the basis of gender-related identity by refusing transgender students, including but not limited to Nova, to use the locker rooms consistent with their gender identity” as well as “actual damages, including damages for emotional distress.”

Lawsuit: 2nd transgender student fights for locker room access at Palatine district — Chicago Tribune

Transgender student sues Illinois district over locker room — Fox News

 

Melissa Rose Liljestrand (USA)

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Melissa Rose Liljestrand is a 15-year-old boy who identifies as a girl. He recently appeared in front of Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton in Los Angeles, California, seeking a legal name change and gender marker change.

Under current California law, individuals seeking a gender marker change must obtain a note from a doctor, and individuals seeking name change must obtain a court order. Although some judges will sign the court order upon request, it is not uncommon for the judge to require a minor to appear in court for a hearing. A new law, which takes effect next year, modifies this process.

According to the Liljestrand family, Judge Moreton’s questions at the hearing “seemed skeptical — even critical — of Melissa’s transition.” The family claims Judge Moreton initially asked what pronouns and name he should use to refer to Melissa, and eventually asked “how she knew she was a girl,” saying, “Convince me.”  The family also alleges he asked if the letter submitted to the court claiming Melissa had undergone “clinically appropriate treatment” was signed by “a real doctor” and that although he signed the court order approving the name and gender marker changes, he told Melissa it’s “just a piece of paper” and “does not make you a woman.”

After being asked to explain his claim that he is a girl, Melissa “began crying” and “fainted” and was granted a brief recess. Eric Liljestrand, Melissa’s father, referred to the question as “a strange, unanswerable request” (likely because it’s a garbage claim) and later stated that “the whole experience just drained my faith in the legal system.” One reasonably questions Mr. Liljestrand’s perception of how the legal system works, as he appears to believe one should be able to make a claim in front of a judge without being expected to provide any explanation or evidence to support it and somehow still obtain a favorable ruling.

 

The family filed a complaint with the Commission on Judicial Performance, referring to the hearing as “a traumatic experience.”

Transgender rights: Los Angeles families complain of insensitive treatment during court hearings — LA Times

 

 

 

 

 

Paris Valeta Bregazzi (UK)

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Paris Valeta Bregazzi, a 30-year-old man who identifies as a transgender woman, shoved a police officer onto the train tracks at Hanger Lane Station in Ealing, west London on July 17 after he asked Bregazzi to “calm down” and stop “abusing other commuters.” The officer promptly arrested Bregazzi, who told police he “had downed four bottles of Prosecco and taken drugs during a wild night out.”

Bregazzi, who already has 40 prior convictions for assault, harassment, and shoplifting, including former attacks on train staff and passengers, “was detained in a male prison before pleading guilty to one count of doing an unlawful act on a railway with intent to endanger a person.”

At trial, defence barrister Mustapha Hakme claimed Bregazzi “is one surgery away from fully transitioning” and that his “mental health issues had been ‘exacerbated’ by [his] being transgender.” Hakme also explained that as a result of being transgender, Bregazzi “has been left full of anger and at the same time sadness.”

Judge Jeremy Dein released Bregazzi on bail, explaining he was “concerned” Bregazzi was held in custody “in very difficult circumstances,” and deferred sentencing until February. The offense carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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