Bare Reality is an art project of Laura Dodsworth that purports to examine how 100 Women feel about our breasts. One of her “women” is a male who identifies as a Woman. He writes about his feelings thusly after his transition, which included breast implants: Continue reading “Bare Reality & Laura Dodsworth @BareReality (UK)”
The Superior Court of California held that the marriage of Jake Miller, who uses the stage name Buck Angel, was valid. He and his wife Elayne Angel were married in Louisiana after Buck had obtained a California court order recognizing his male sex and had been living as a man for years. His California birth certificate was amended several years after the marriage. In an effort to avoid paying spousal support, Elayne attempted to argue that their marriage was invalid on the grounds that Buck’s birth certificate had not yet been amended to reflect his male sex at the time the Louisiana marriage took place. The California court ruled that Buck was legally male, and that Louisiana law would recognize this as a marriage between a man and a woman.
The Minnesota State High School League is set to vote this week on whether to allow transgender high schools students to participate in athletics based on their gender identity. According to the policy, transgender high school students can play on the team of their choice (male or female) but have to have a physician’s documentation and in some cases must have begun hormone therapy to “preserve competitive equity.” The MSHSL policy also provides transgender students avenues for corrective action if a school district does not comply. The new policy will be discussed in a workshop on Oct. 1 and the full MSHSL is expected to vote on the policy on Oct. 2.
Zahara Green, formerly known as Darius Ishun Green, is suing the Georgia Department of Corrections in two separate lawsuits for sexual assaults he endured while incarcerated for shoplifting. Green, a transgender woman, alleges that the DOC housed him with another inmate who repeatedly sexually assaulted him.
All people have a right to safety while incarcerated. Although we oppose housing male inmates with female inmates, we believe that prison systems must create safe space for male inmates who identify as women.
Green previously filed a lawsuit pro se based on similar alleged facts, but agreed to dismiss that lawsuit.
Ronny Darnell was convicted in 2005 of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl in 1997. He recently lost his lawsuit saying he was harassed in prison. He sought sex change surgery as damages for the harassment. He tried to convert his lawsuit into a class action, but was unsuccessful.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Lakeland Eye Clinic, a Lakeland, Fla.-based organization of health care professionals, for allegedly discrimination against Brandi Branson based on sex in violation of federal law. The EEOC claims the defendant fired Branson because he is transgender, because he was transitioning from male to female, and/or because he did not conform to the employer’s gender-based expectations, preferences, or stereotypes. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit against Lakeland Eye Clinic, Branson had performed his duties satisfactorily throughout his employment. However, after he began to present as a woman and informed the clinic he was transgender, Lakeland fired him.
We hope Branson wins, because this is sex discrimination based on sex stereotypes about what a man can look like.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Detroit-based R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. The EEOC says it discriminated based on sex in violation of federal law by firing a Garden City, Mich., funeral director/embalmer because he is transgender, because he was transitioning from male to female, and/or because he did not conform to the employer’s gender-based expectations, preferences, or stereotypes. Harris is a funeral home operator with locations in Detroit, Livonia and Garden City. Amiee Stephens had been employed by Harris as a Funeral Director/Embalmer since October 2007 and had always adequately performed the duties of that position. In 2013, Stephens gave Harris a letter explaining he was undergoing a gender transition from male to female, and would soon start to present (e.g., dress) in appropriate business attire at work, consistent with his gender identity as a woman. Two weeks later, Harris’s owner fired Stephens, telling him that what he was “proposing to do” was unacceptable.
We hope Stephens wins, because this is sex discrimination based on sex stereotypes about what a man can look like.
James Wolfe is a man who identifies as a woman convicted of raping an 8-year-old girl. He sued the state of Pennsylvania for treatment for his transsexualism while incarcerated. The state settled and provided him hormones.