Union Township, Michigan (USA)

Union Township is considering an ordinance to outlaw discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The Union Township ordinance is based on Mt. Pleasant, Michigan ordinance.  The ordinance permits people to bring private civil actions to enforce the ordinance, and permits the township to prosecute violations as municipal civil infractions for a maximum $2,500 fine per violation.

The ordinance would define “gender identity” as an individual’s appearance, expression, identity or behavior as being either male or female, whether or not that appearance, expression, identity or behavior is different from that which is traditionally associated with the individual’s designated gender at birth.

The ordinance defines “sex” as “(t)he actual biological state of being male or female as of birth, or subsequent alteration through surgical procedure, and without regard to any outward physical display or expression of gender identity.”

ED. NOTE: This is stunning definition of sex.

The ordinance allows “(t)he owner of a housing facility or accommodation devoted entirely to the housing of individuals of one gender may restrict the occupancy of such a facility or accommodation on the basis of gender.”

The ordinance does not define gender.

Ordinance 2012-06

Union Township

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Canton, Ohio (USA)

The Canton (Ohio) City Council approved legislation in September prohibiting discrimination in housing based on sexual orientation and gender identity, defined as “appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of a person’s assigned sex at birth.”

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USA

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have introduced the Jury Access for Capable Citizens and Equality in Service Selection (ACCESS) Act of 2012 to prohibit attorneys from seeking to strike potential federal jurors based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.   In May, Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ) introduced a similar bill, the Jury Non-Discrimination Act of 2012, in the House of Representatives.

California (USA)

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 43 has been described as a Gay Bill of Rights.

WHEREAS, The United States was founded as a democratic nation, and our country’s Declaration of Independence states that, “All men are created equal”; and

WHEREAS, A central tenet of the law of the United States is the principle of equal protection and nondiscrimination under the law; and

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California (USA)

SB 1172 would prohibit a mental health provider, as defined, from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts, as defined, with a patient under 18 years of age. The bill would provide that any sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a patient under 18 years of age by a mental health provider shall be considered unprofessional conduct and shall subject the provider to discipline by the provider’s licensing entity.

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California (USA)

 

Existing law states the intent of the Legislature that public schools have access to supplemental resources to combat bias on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, as defined, and to prevent and respond to acts of hate violence and bias-related incidents. A provision of existing law prohibits the term sexual orientation from including pedophilia. This bill deleted the provision related to pedophilia. No changes to existing law with regard to gender identity or expression.

A.B. 401.

 

Stacy v. LSI Corporation (Pennsylvania, USA)

Janis Stacy (formerly Jim Stacy) sued her former employer, Agere Systems, Inc., and its parent company, LSI Corporation (“Defendants”) for employment discrimination.  Agere hired Stacy as a male with a traditional masculine appearance who wore male clothing and went by the name “Jim.”  (what we commonly call “a man”).  After receiving a diagnosis for gender identity disorder (“GID”), Jim underwent psychological counseling and began receiving hormone therapy.

In February 2005, Stacy revealed to Agere Human Resources Business Partner Christine Sostarecz that he suffered from GID and would transition from male to stereotypical-woman-appearing.  Sostarecz educated herself about GID and worked with Stacy to prepare a presentation to coworkers regarding thegender transition. In March 2005, Stacy made a presentation to coworkers, including manager Dave Sotak, and the director of Stacy’s current workgroup, George Stasak. Thereafter, Norm Lawrence, the director of another workgroup, invited Stacy to give the presentation to his workgroup.  During the presentation, Lawrence introduced Stacy to his group and “made the statement that yesterday he would have been considered a bigot and today knowing [Stacy] he is rethinking things.” Sostarecz observed Lawrence make the comment.  By mid-2005, Stacy transitioned his appearance at work from male to stereotypical-woman-appearing and began using the name “Janis.”

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Turkey

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) vetoed a proposal jointly introduced by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) that would bring in constitutional protection based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

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European Parliament Resolution on Turkey.

Turkey Constitution Watch.