Minton v. Dignity Health Mercy San Juan Medical Center @ACLU (USA)

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A woman named Evan Michael Minton is suing Mercy San Juan Medical Center, a Catholic hospital, because the hospital did not want to perform a hysterectomy on her to advance the fiction that she is a man. Another hospital in the same hospital system later did perform the surgery. Minton claims that Catholic doctrine oppresses her and causes her damage. Minton, through her counsel, the American Civil Liberties Union, fails to note that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion to all people.

Transgender patient sues Dignity Health for discrimination over hysterectomy denial _ The Sacramento Bee

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Highland Local School District v. U.S. Dept. of Educ. (USA)

The Board of Education for the Highland Local School District (“Highland”) filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, asking the court to reverse a lower court’s decision in it’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education.  The brief also asks the court to deny a motion for preliminary injunction from third-party plaintiff Jane Doe, a male student in the Highland Local School District seeking access to sex-segregated facilities reserved for female students.

On September 26, 2016 U.S. District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley granted a preliminary injunction to Jane Doe stating, “The Court orders School District officials to treat Jane Doe as the girl she is, including referring to her by female pronouns and her female name and allowing her to use the girls’ restroom at Highland Elementary School.”

In its brief filed April 19, Highland asserts, “This appeal concerns the efforts of Appellants to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for Intervenor Third-Party Plaintiff-Appellee Jane Doe, a minor, by and through her legal guardians Joyce and John Doe (“Doe”), as well as all the other students enrolled in Highland, and the competing efforts of Doe and other parties to improperly expand both Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause to encompass the concept of gender identity in violation of the plain language of the statute, congressional intent, and existing federal case law.” [emphasis added]

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F.V. v. Armstrong @LambdaLegal (USA)

A man is suing the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare because the department will not change his birth certificate to reflect that he know identifies as “female.” Lambda Legal, which used to represent gay people, asserts, among other claims, that it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution for Idaho to refuse to change his birth certificate to reflect the fictional view that he is female. Lambda also asserts that “transgender people are a discrete and insular group and lack the political power to protect their rights through the legislative process.” Given that the definition of gender identity pushed by Lambda and others is wholly subjective – thus allowing anyone to claim membership – and the speed with which Lambda has gotten states to adopt this ridiculous legislation, the bald assertions in the complaint are laughable, at best.

Transgender woman sues Idaho over refusal to amend gender marker – Metro Weekly

Southern Poverty Law Center (USA)

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) printed the following retraction in the Spring 2017 issue of their magazine, the Intelligence Report:

RETRACTION In the Summer 2015 issue of the Intelligence Report, we reported that Cathy Brennan was removed in 2012 as liaison to the American Bar Association’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. This report was not accurate; Ms. Brennan was not a member of this American Bar Association Committee in 2012, having served a one-year term from 2008-2009. We deeply regret this error. In the same story, we reported that Ms. Brennan “outed [a transgender] student to school officials by revealing his female birth name.” Ms. Brennan disputes this and claims that the student published his “female birth name” on his Facebook and Tumblr pages, which Ms. Brennan only became aware of after this person repeatedly contacted Ms. Brennan.

Intelligence Report (Spring 2017) — SPLC

Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College @lambdalegal (USA)

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In a decision released April 4, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a ruling concluding “that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination.”

The ruling states, “Viewed through the lens of the gender non-conformity line of cases, (Kimberly) Hively represents the ultimate case of failure to conform to the female stereotype (at least as understood in a place such as modern America, which views heterosexuality as the norm and other forms of sexuality as exceptional): she is not heterosexual.” Continue reading