New York (USA)

A.B. 9409 would limit the scope of information disclosed in a published notice of change of name.  It would allow minimal information to be revealed if the petitioner filed the change of name “to conform name to his or her gender identity or gender expression.”  The legislation, if passed, would effectively allow men to transition without having a public record of their life as a man.  This would have adverse consequences for women in cases where the man has a criminal history.

A.B. 9409.

California (USA)

AB 2501, authored by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, would eliminate the so-called “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses, outrageous tactics used by defendants who claim their violent acts were triggered by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.  Specifically, the bill states that for purposes of determining sudden quarrel or heat of passion, the provocation was not objectively reasonable if it resulted from the delivery or, knowledge about, or potential disclosure of the victim’s or defendants’ actual or perceived “gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation,” including circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance towards the defendant.

The bill is disturbing in that it allows transwomen to make “nonforcible romantic or sexual advances” towards women. Nonforcible is not defined. 

“Gender” includes a person’s gender identity and gender-related appearance and behavior regardless of whether that appearance or behavior is associated with the person’s gender as determined at birth.

Bill Text_ CA AB2501 _ 2013-2014 _ Regular Session _ Amended _ LegiScan.

Russia

A bill aimed at controlling plastic surgery, including sex reassignment surgery (SRS), was developed by members of Russian Communist Party, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports. The authors call for the creation of a registry of people who changed their appearance, including perceived gender, and other parts of the body. The registry may contain photos of the person before and after operation, description of body modifications and even reasons for them. The surgeons who conceal the fact of operations will have to pay a fine of 300,000 rubles (~ 8,300 USD), and in case their patient commits a crime, they may go to jail for five years. The bill will be introduced into the State Duma in May.

Смена пола под контролем МВД : Политика : Независимая газета.

New Russian bill will control sex reassignment surgeries.

 

CF v. Alberta (Canada)

An Alberta, Canada judge struck down sections of a provincial law requiring proof of surgery before a transgender person’s birth certificate can be changed to accurately reflect their sex.

The case was brought by a 23-year-old transgender woman referred to only as C.F., who was born a male but completed her transition to female in 2011.

She successfully changed her name to one that reflected her female identity, but when she applied for a new birth certificate, she received a document that still listed her sex as male.

Judge rules transgender woman’s charter rights breached by Alberta law.

CF v. Alberta.

Rebekah Brewis (USA)

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Rebekah Brewis sued the Oregon prison system in 2011 for failing to treat him for gender identity disorder. Brewis castrated himself in his cell in 2007, using nail clippers to cut out his testicles.  The case was mooted when Brewis was released.

Oregon State Hospital discrimination lawsuit put on back burner _ Statesman Journal _ statesmanjournal.

Oregon State Hospital discrimination lawsuit put on back burner _ Statesman Journal _ statesmanjournal. 2pdf.

Mental Health Association of Portland » Blog Archive » Transgender patient alleges discrimination at Oregon State Hospital.

Gray v. North Bergen Police Department & Holmes v. Jersey City Police Department (USA)

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Attorney Kevin Costello

A transgender woman has sued the North Bergen Police Department and a transgender man has sued the Jersey City Police Department, both claiming they were discriminated against and harassed because of their gender identity.

On Sept. 7, 2013, Amira Gray, 26, of Maryland, who is a fully transitioned transgender woman, was pulled over on Paterson Plank Road by North Bergen Police Officer Alberto Berovides.

After reviewing her paperwork, the officer asked “What’s your name?” and Gray answered “Mario Haywood,” her given name, the lawsuit says. Continue reading “Gray v. North Bergen Police Department & Holmes v. Jersey City Police Department (USA)”