Chrystofer Maillet is suing the government of Ontario after paying nearly $7,500 out of pocket for a double mastectomy as part of the transition from female to male. The Ontario Health Insurance Plan covered Maillet’s hormone therapy. To get OHIP coverage for sex reassignment surgery, Maillet would have to have waited for approval from a clinic in Toronto: the Adult Gender Identity Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. That clinic as waiting periods of up to 18 months. Thus, Maillet paid out of pocket and now seeks reimbursement.
The Department of Justice settled a lawsuit to protect prisoners at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, from sexual victimization by correctional officers. The settlement resolves the Justice Department’s findings of sexual abuse and sexual harassment at Tutwiler.
In January 2014, the Justice Department issued a findings letter concluding that Tutwiler subjects its women prisoners to a pattern and practice of sexual abuse in violation the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The findings identified several systemic failures that led to the pattern of abuse, including ineffective reporting and investigations and no grievance policy. Continue reading “Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women (USA)”
Iran advanced a bill in its parliament to strengthen legal protections for transgender people in Iran. The Islamic Republic’s decades-old recognition of transsexuality and its financial support for transgender Iranians seeking sex-change procedures reinforces gender and undermines the rights of gay and lesbian people. The new bill, sent to parliament this week, provides transsexual Iranians more robust protections against possible police harassment.
Justice For Iran (JFI) and 6Rang, an Iranian lesbian and transgender network, issued a report in 2014 indicating that Iranian doctors routinely pressure lesbians and gays to undergo sex change operations including sterilisation.
Transsexuality was legalised after revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a religious edict in 1985 authorising sex change operations.
Iran carries out among the highest number of sex changes in the world and is the only country that imposes the death penalty for homosexual behaviour while permitting sex changes.
Brendan P. Bartholomew is a men’s rights activist employed as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He spends his days harassing Women on social media for having an analysis of gender he does not like.
In 2015, “reporters” routinely display media bias, rendering them unreliable sources of information on current events.
Francis Glean is the Communications Officer at Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity. Glean uses anti-lesbian and anti-woman slurs against Women on social media. It is disturbing that such a misogynist works with a charity that advocates on an issue disproportionately impacting Women. You can contact Beat here to complain about Glean’s behavior.
Joni Bendall is a Man who identifies as a Woman who is very upset that a Primark clerk recognized that he is a man and told him he could not use the women’s changing room. In response, Primark will now let Men like him use the Women’s room.
Champagne Starr is a Man who identifies as a Woman who worked at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse’s privately run cafeteria since January. Building manager Mike Whatley told Starr that women were complaining about her use of the bathroom and instructed her that she could no longer use the court’s restrooms for women. For a brief time, Starr used a bathroom across the street. But, ultimately, she was given access to a private bathroom on a different floor. Continue reading “Champagne Starr (USA)”
Frederic Deneffe is a 51-year-old gay male who was terminated from his employment as an airline pilot with SkyWest Inc. He filed a lawsuit under Title VII, claiming that he was fired for failure to conform to stereotypes of what “a man” is. The court recently denied the airline’s motion to dismiss and sided with Deneffe:
Both parties acknowledge that the Tenth Circuit has not recognized a Title VII claim for discrimination based on sexual orientation, and that Deneffe’s Title VII claim is premised on Deneffe’s failure to conform to gender stereotypes. While the Tenth Circuit has not decided whether discrimination based on an employee’s failure to conform to sex stereotypes always constitutes discrimination “based on sex,” the court has assumed that a transsexual who alleged, as a biological male, she did not act or appear as a male is expected to act or appear established a prima facie case of gender stereotyping under a Rule 56 analysis. Etsitty v. Utah Transit Auth., 502 F.3d 1215, 1224 (10th Cir. 2007).
SkyWest argues that Deneffe’s complaint fails to state how he did not conform to male stereotypes. Deneffe counters that the following allegations support his claim: (1) he did not take part in male braggodicio about sexual exploits with women as the other male pilots did; (2) he did not joke about gays as other male pilots did, (3) he submitted paperwork to SkyWest designating his male domestic partner for flight privileges, a benefit offered only for family members and domestic partners; and (4) he traveled on SkyWest flights with his domestic partner. Surreply, docket #64 at 5. The Court finds that these alleged facts, together with Deneffe’s allegation that the conduct by other male pilots was “regular,” “frequent,” and occurred during “many” flights, suffice to state a plausible claim that the chief pilot submitted a negative PRIA employment reference based on Deneffe’s failure to conform to male stereotypes. See id.; see also E.E.O.C. v. Boh Bros. Constr. Co., L.L.C., 731 F.3d 444, 456 (5th Cir. 2013) (permitting the plaintiff to rely on evidence that a supervisor viewed the claimant as “insufficiently masculine” to prove its Title VII claim).
We fully support this line of argument. Failure to conform to gender (i.e. sex stereotypes) should never be grounds for termination from employment.
The National Women’s Law Center and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) released a new report revealing in stark detail that girls of color are finishing last when it comes to the opportunity to play sports in high school. Finishing Last: Girls of Color and School Sports Opportunities shows that, at both the state and national level, heavily minority schools provide fewer sports opportunities—defined as spots on teams—compared to heavily white schools. Heavily minority schools also allocate these spots less equally between boys and girls, leaving girls of color especially shortchanged. This means that girls of color receive far fewer spots on teams than white girls, white boys, and boys of color. Continue reading “Finishing Last: Girls of Color and School Sports Opportunities @nwlc @PRRAC_DC (USA)”
Jasmine Kaiser is a man who identifies as a Woman. He is suing CSL Plasma for its practice of forbidding plasma donations from transgender individuals. The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) does not prohibit blood product donations based on a person’s gender identity, but does impose a lifetime deferment on donations by men who have had sex with men since 1977, often referred to as its “MSM policy.” Last December, the FDA announced plans to propose changing its MSM policy from indefinite deferral to banning donations by men who have had sex with a man within 12 months of donating blood products. The FDA’s current MSM policy does not purport to bar donations simply because a person is transgender, nor has the agency announced plans to impose such a ban.
Kaiser was likely told he could not donate because he is a man who has engaged in homosexual sex. Kaiser is not the first man to assert such claim of discrimination. Kaiser may believe he is a woman, but that does not alter reality.