The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services opened a reconsideration of the National Coverage Determination on Surgical Treatment for Gender Identity Disorder. Surgical Treatment for Gender Identity Disorder (formerly referred to as transsexual surgery in 140.3) is currently noncovered under the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. The existing policy, which became effective in 1981, considers transsexual surgery experimental.
The general membership of the Maine Principals’ Association approved policy that allows “student-athletes to participate in sports in accordance with their gender identity while seeking to maintain competitive equity among all participants and all teams.” Similar transgender sports participation policies have been adopted by high school athletic governing bodies in at least three other states — Colorado, Illinois, Vermont and Washington — as well as by numerous other sports organizations worldwide including the National Collegiate Athletic Association and International Olympic Committee.
“Prior to the Revolution of 1979 Iran had failed to address transsexuals and their status in society. Following the Revolution, transsexuals were criminalized and lumped together with gays and lesbians.
Then, in 1987, the Ayatollah Khomeini granted permission to a male to undergo SRS and to live as a woman, a fatwa which made SRS legal.
The procedure, described by one Islamic cleric as being simple as “changing wheat to flour to bread,” is justified by the Iranian government (which subsidizes some if not all the costs of surgery) on the basis that it allows gay men to classify their condition as medical instead of an unnatural “sin” going against Islamic tenets.
According to the same cleric, “the Islamic community has discovered a cure for people suffering from this problem. If they want to change their gender, the path is open.”
The 1987 fatwa, coupled with a fatwa from Islam’s oldest university in Egypt, Al-Azhar, which also made SRS a legal and acceptable practice, has resulted in many gays from other Islamic states, including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt and Malaysia, traveling to sex-change surgery capitals like Iran and Thailand for these procedures and returning to their country where their home government will readily reissue legal documents that reflect the newly-acquired gender identity.
As one recipient of SRS puts it, ‘I am Iranian. I want to live here and this society tells you: you have to be either a man or a woman’.”
H.B. 429 would ban discrimination based on gender identity in state employment.
Hawaii is considering changes to its employment discrimination bill. Senate Bill 535 makes it an unlawful discriminatory practice “For any employer to engage in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature to a domestic worker when:
– (A) Submission to the conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;
– (B) Submission to or rejection of the conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting the individual; or
– (C) The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment; or
For any employer to subject a domestic worker to unwelcome harassment based on gender, race, religion or national origin, where the harassment has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile. or offensive working environment.”
The bill does not define “gender.” Existing Hawaii law bans workplace discrimination based on sex and gender identity.
A male student who “self-identified” as female before running for the women’s officer position at University College, London (UCL) claims he is being persecuted after being censored by his union following a backlash. Kirk Sneade and his campaign team have been branded “misogynist pricks” by fellow students following his controversial run for candidacy.
Transgender activists claim that Sneade is not “actually” a woman like THEY are. We will monitor Transgender activists “police gender” and will update if and when someone can convince us that said Transgender activists are any different from Sneade.
Grant High School has become the first Portland Public Schools location—and one of the first high schools in the country—to install unisex bathrooms for its transgender students.