Matthew Harks (Canada)

Matthew Harks, a convicted pedophile living in the Calgary, Alberta area, has legally changed his name to Madilyn (Rebecca) Harks, presumably with the intention of identifying as a woman and obtaining a government-funded sex change.  Harks, who is known to befriend families with the intent of harming their children and has sexually assaulted young girls, is currently under long-term supervision in order to prevent further offenses.  According to Correctional Service Canada, “Victims are entitled to be informed of offender name changes.”
Name change for convicted pedophile _ Home _ Toronto Sun

Pupil Physical Privacy Act D211Parents4Privacy @D211P4Privacy Tom Morrison @TomMorrison2010 (USA)

Illinois State Rep Tom Morrison has introduced HB 4474, known as the Pupil Physical Privacy ActIf passed, the bill would require Illinois school boards to designate restrooms, changing rooms, and other similar facilities “for the exclusive use of pupils of only one sex.”  The bill defines sex as “the physical condition of being male or female, as determined by an individual’s chromosomes and identified at birth by that individual’s anatomy.”  HB 4474 also provides accommodations for students who do not wish to use the facilities corresponding to their sex, authorizing school boards “to provide reasonable accommodations to a pupil to use a single-occupancy restroom or changing room or the regulated use of a faculty restroom or changing room” upon receiving a written request for such accommodations.

Kokomo, Indiana (USA)

The Kokomo, IN city council passed a nondiscrimination bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s existing human rights ordinance.  Despite opposition from women citing safety concerns, the council passed the measure by a 5-4 vote.
Breaking_ Kokomo, Indiana Passes LGBT Protections Ordinance Despite Religious Right Objections – The New Civil Rights Movement

Scott v. CSL Plasma, Inc. (USA)

Lisa Scott, a man who identifies as a woman, is suing CSL Plasma, Inc. (“CSL”), claiming “she attempted to give plasma at a collection center run by CSL but was rejected because she is transgender.”  Although Scott submitted a request for a summary judgment, District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen denied that motion, “on the ground that there was a genuine dispute of material fact on the record before the Court as to why Scott was rejected.”  This case is set to begin trial on March 7, 2016.
Scott v. CSL Plasma, Inc.

Michigan State Board of Education (USA)

Discussion on proposed LGBTQ policy at 50:46

On February 23, 2016, the Michigan State Board of Education (“SBE”) presented its Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students.  SBE purports this was prepared out of its commitment to reducing the impact of high-risk factors and providing equitable resources and access to quality educational opportunities to meet the needs of all students.
To this end, SBE states students should be treated equally, fairly, and be protected from discrimination based on their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  Public comment on this Statement and Guidance is open for only six weeks, opportunity to comment ends April 11, 2016.  SBE expects to approve this on May 10, 2016.
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North Carolina & Pat McCrory @PatMcCroryNC (USA)

Impact of North CarolinaThe North Carolina State Assembly approved a bill, House Bill 2, that overturns Charlotte, NC’s expansion of its non-discrimination ordinance, specifically, the controversial provision that allows individuals access to the sex-segregated facilities they identify with, rather than the facility intended for an individual of their sex class. Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill, stating, “This new government regulation defies common sense and basic community norms by allowing, for example, a man to use a woman’s bathroom, shower or locker room…While local municipalities have important priorities working to oversee police, fire, water and sewer, zoning, roads, and transit, the mayor and city council took action far out of its core responsibilities. As a result, I have signed legislation passed by a bipartisan majority to stop this breach of basic privacy and etiquette…It is now time for the city of Charlotte elected officials and state elected officials to get back to working on the issues most important to our citizens.”  Following the announcement of McCrory’s signing of this bill, the ACLU of North Carolina issued a Tweet in which they state they are “considering legal challenge.”
NC legislature debating LGBT non-discrimination ordinance _ WCNC

Kendall Oliver (USA)

Kendall Oliver is a Woman suing a barbershop after the owner refused to give her a haircut, stating that he only serves “men” due to his religious beliefs.
We hope she wins. A barbershop exists for the sole purpose of cutting hair. If you hold yourself out to the public as being in the business of providing haircuts, you must provide haircuts to all who seek haircuts. Prohibiting sex discrimination should trump “religious freedom” in this instance because here, religious freedom results in no service.
Transgender man to sue barbershop that denied service for ‘religious’ reason _ US news _ The Guardian

David-Elijah Nahmod @DavidElijahN (USA)

David-Elijah Nahmod is a Men’s Rights Activist in San Francisco, California who writes for various Gay Men’s publications, including South Florida Gay News. In January 2014, he penned a “news article” on the unsuccessful attempt of other Men’s Rights Activists to have Gender Identity Watch monitored as a hate group.  In his “news article,” he relied on RationalWiki as a reliable source, along with his own “hurt feelings” about an unsubstantiated Facebook encounter with Cathy Brennan. He also relies on Cristan Williams, a well-know MRA, as a source. Despite his claims, Nahmod made no effort to reach Brennan or anyone else for “comment.”
Nahmod was upset that Gender Identity Watch disproved his allegations. As a result of this action in 2014, he is allegedly now – in 2016 – circulating an email to various law enforcement agencies in Maryland in a attempt to get Cathy Brennan in some sort of legal trouble.

Zollicoffer v. Livingston (USA)

Joshua Zollicoffer is a Man who identifies as a Woman serving a 20-year prison sentence for aggravated kidnapping committed at age 19 with his boyfriend. US District Court Judge Alfred H Bennett has rejected a motion to remove Brad Livingston, executive directory of the Texas Department of Criminal Defense (“TDCD”), as a defendant in Zollicoffer v. Livingston.  The lawsuit was filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of Joshua Zollicoffer, a man who identifies as a woman named Passion Star.   The judge also ordered limited discovery into Livingston’s knowledge and actions in relation to the lawsuit, in which Lambda legal claims, “TDCJ’s willful decision to leave Passion Star unprotected resulted in horrific sexual abuse and violence.”

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan @WhiteHouse (USA)

President Barack Obama has appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, who identifies as a transgender woman, as the Outreach & Recruitment Director for Presidential Personnel and Associate Director for Public Engagement.  This new role makes Freedman-Gurspan the primary LGBT liaison to the White House.  According to JoDee Winterhof of the Human Rights Campgain, “We believe it is a tremendous decision by the White House to recognize Raffi’s leadership as well as the importance of having transgender leadership in an important role for the community.”
White House Appoints First Transgender Person As Primary LGBT Liaison – BuzzFeed News