New Zealand

New Zealand’s proposed marriage equality bill provides that transgender people would no longer have to get divorced or switch to a civil union to remain married when they legally change their gender (sic).

“At present, married transgender people wanting their sex changed on their birth record (to enable them to fully adopt the gender of their choice) must either divorce their spouse or change their relationship from a marriage to a civil union,” the report says.

“We are aware of how distressing this can be for transgender people in this position, and how disruptive it can be for their families. We consider that transgender people should be able to change sex without being subject to these constraints.”

News Report.

New Jersey (USA)

A3917 would require local and county police authorities to submit a quarterly report to the Attorney General that includes information related to any offense directed against a person or group, or their property, by reason of their race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity and such other information as the Attorney General may require, respecting information relating to the cause and prevention of crime, recidivism, the rehabilitation of criminals and the proper administration of criminal justice.

A3917.

 

Massachusetts (USA)

Massachusetts is consider a raft of bills related to gender identity, including:

H.B. 154, relating to the protection of the mental and physical health of minors from sexual orientation and/or gender identity change effort.

H.B. 547, relating to Department of Elder Affairs prevention and elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

H.B. 1479, relating to the use of the term gender identity in the General Laws.

H.B. 1589 relating to gender identity and access to public accommodations.

S.B. 643 relating  to equal access to public places regardless of gender identity.

 

Sweden

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL) is now preparing to help transsexuals who were sterilised under the old law to obtain damages stemming from sterilisation. Until last year,   transsexuals who wanted their sex change had to be sterilized to be officially recognised by authorities, with their personal identity documents reflecting their new sex. In December, a Swedish court ruled that the practice of forced sterilisations, which dated back to a 1972 law on sexual identity, was unconstitutional and violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

News Report.

Massachusetts (USA)

House Bill 333 would require parental notification and consent in order for students to learn about “human sexuality issues and behaviors,” which includes but is not limited to: sexual education, contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, promiscuity, homosexuality, bisexuality, lesbianism, transsexuality, transgenderism, cross-dressing, gender re-assignment, sex change, opposite-sex hormone treatments, sodomy, oral sex, anal sex, masturbation, fornication, bestiality, pansexuality, pederasty, prostitution, polygamy, polyandry, bondage and discipline, and sadomasochism. It also includes issues, concepts, and relationships deriving from those issues and behaviors, including but not limited to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender stereotype, alternative parenting models, and non-traditional marriage and family constructs.

House Bill 333.