Iran

Homosexual relationships are banned in Iran, but the country allows sex change operations and hundreds of men have elected for surgery to change their lives.

Sex changes have been legal in Iran since Ayatollah Khomeini, the spiritual leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution, passed a fatwa – a religious edict – authorising them for “diagnosed transsexuals” 25 years ago.

Today, Iran carries out more sex change operations than any other nation in the world except for Thailand.

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Transsexual In Iran Documentary.

Department of Labor (USA)

The Department of Labor bans discrimination against, or harassment of, DOL employees or applicants for employment on the basis of their gender identity.  Pursuant to the policy, “gender identity” refers to a “person’s innate, deeply felt psychological  sense of gender, which may or may not correspond to the person’s body or sex assigned at birth.”

Department of Labor Policy on Gender identity.

Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (Canada)

The Transition House Association of Nova Scotia is speaking out in support of housing transgender women in women’s shelters.  The Association’s women-only rule “encompasses all women — cisgender (whose gender matches the equipment they were born with) and transgender.”

“That is, someone born with the sexual organs of a man who believes her true gender is female and who is living as a woman, or who has had surgery,” said Pamela Harrison, the Association’s provincial coordinator.

The association has had policies to support transgender women for seven or eight years.

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U.S. Departments of Justice and Education (USA)

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education directed the Arcadia Unified School District in California to allow a transgender student to use locker rooms, bathrooms, and other facilities designated for males.

The decision also mandates that the ninth grader, who was assigned female at birth but identifies and presents as male, be allowed to participate in sports teams and other male-exclusive extracurriculars.  The departments ordered the Arcadia district to change its policies to reflect these stipulations, and to provide training for school administrators on gender-based discrimination, as well as methods for providing a safe environment for transgender students.

RESOLUTION AGREEMENT Between the Arcadia Unified School District, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

 

Pennsylvania (USA)

House Bill 300 would amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to ban discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression.”  The term “gender identity or expression” means actual or perceived gender identity, appearance, behavior, expression or physical characteristics whether or not associated with an individual’s assigned sex at birth.

HB 300.

HB 300.

Vanderputten v. Seydaco Packaging Corp. (Canada)

Seydaco Packaging Corp. hired Maria Vanderputten – who at the time was living as male – as a general laborer.  Vanderputten was fired and then rehired. After rehire, Vanderputten continued to have disciplinary problems related to aggressive behavior.

In 2008, Vanderputten began the transition from living as a man to living as a woman. Vanderputten began to attend work wearing women’s clothing. Seydaco told Vanderputten that he has to provide legal or medical documentation establishing that he was a woman or Seydaco would continue to treat him as a man; this included requiring him to use the men’s change room despite his complaints of harassment. Seydaco subsequently fired him, and Vanderputten filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

The Tribunal held that Seydaco’s treatment of Vanderputten as male until he provided medical or legal proof that he was a woman constituted discrimination.  The Tribunal adopted the following position statement from the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy on discrimination and harassment because of gender identity:

Gender identity is linked to an individual’s intrinsic sense of self and, particularly the sense of being male or female. Gender identity may or may not conform to a person’s birth-assigned sex. The personal characteristics that are associated with gender identity include self-image, physical and biological appearance, expression, behaviour and conduct, as they relate to gender. At birth, a child is assigned a gender by a health care professional based on observation of the child’s genitalia. Society makes the assumption that based on this medical assessment a child will grow up to exhibit correspondingly masculine or feminine behaviours and appearances. However, this is not always the case. A person’s felt identity or core identity may differ in part or in whole from their birth assigned sex. Individuals whose birth-assigned sex does not conform to their gender identity include transsexuals, transgenderists, intersexed persons and cross-dressers. A person’s gender identity is fundamentally different from and not determinative of their sexual orientation.

Vanderputten v. Seydaco Pacjaging Corp.

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Doe v. A & W Canada (Canada)

A man posing as a “radical lesbian feminist”  named Gloria Ironbox (the same name as a parodied feminist on the adult cartoon series Family Guy) recently filed a discrimination complaint against a hamburger chain in Canada for the hamburger chain’s marketing of certain meals based on family roles.  He wrote:

As a lesbian feminist, the whole notion of labelling a burger patron as a (Papa, Mama, Grandpa or Teen) based solely on the choice of meal is highly degrading and an attack on my womyn identity. The level of humiliation and degradation I felt exceeded that which I felt when I was raped. The whole heteronormative, phallocentric marketing scheme of A&W is highly degrading to non-traditional families, especially members of the LGBTQ2S community. Since that visit, I have found myself isolating and I have started doubting my own self-worth.

He suggested that A&W should be required to develop and implement a modern burger family which is more inclusive and empowers “members of the LGBTQ2S community.”

He went on:

Science has shown that up to 5 adults can take part in the procreation process. Therefore, the notions of motherhood, and more importantly, fatherhood, should be completely abolished. Fatherhood is a concept which perpetuates the oppression of womyn and serves to legitimize our patriarchal, misogynistic society. Any references to males should be omitted, as at present, all forms of relationships between womyn and men are basic forms of institutional rape.

Ontario’s human rights tribunal dismissed the complaint as  “outrageous” and “vexatious.”

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Doe v. A & W Canada.

Dewayne Kelly (USA)

Morrisville, New Jersey police pulled over a car in which Dewayne Kelly, a transgender man, was a passenger. Police asked Kelly for identification, and Kelly allegedly claimed to have a New Jersey driver’s license.  However, Kelly could not produce such identification, which led police to search his handbag. In the handbag, police allegedly discovered identification with Kelly’s female birth name, and Kelly attempted to flee. Police chased him down and pepper sprayed him during the arrest.  Police charged Kelly with assault of a law enforcement officer, simple assault, providing false identification to law enforcement, disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest.

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