Alex Bertie is a 21-year-old “Transguy with designer nipples and a YouTube channel” who claims the “Daily Mail [is] using my pictures without consent to fuel their hateful anti-trans article.”
The image in question appears to be a screenshot from a video Bertie posted publicly to YouTube and Tumblr.
NHS pressured our kids to change sex: Transgender backlash as desperate parents accuse overzealous therapists of ‘blindly accepting’ children’s claims to have been born in wrong body — dailymail.co.uk
Daily Mail uses transgender man’s pictures without permission in hateful anti-trans article — attitude.co.uk
On Monday, October 30, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued an opinion in Doe v. Trump, barring President Trump from changing the government’s current policy, regarding transgender individuals’ military service opportunities. Under the current policy, all transgender service members must be discharged by March 2018.
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On October 28, members from a feminist group called Mayday 4 Women attended the London Anarchist Bookfair, where they were shouted down and “attacked physically” at the door for being “transphobic.”
Continue reading “London Anarchist Bookfair (UK) @AnokBookfair @mayday4women”
Sarbjeet Jagdev is a man who claims his confusion over his sexuality and inability to confront his belief that he might be transgender led him to view and download approximately 1,400 pornographic images and videos of young children, some as young as two years old. He admitted to seven counts of possessing indecent images of children and was sentenced to three years in prison by the Leicester Crown Court in May 2017.
However, upon hearing that Jagdev was going through a “gender identity crisis” at the time, Justice Spencer of the London Criminal Appeal Court cut his sentence to two years, noting that he had started to address his offending behavior and stating, “the proper sentence here was two years” under the circumstances.
Andrew Balcer is an 18-year-old male who murdered both of his parents, and the family chihuahua, in October 2016, when he was 17 years old. At a hearing to determine whether Balcer should be tried as an adult for stabbing his parents to death, forensic psychologist Debra Baeder testified that Balcer had “significant gender confusion” and “did not believe his parents would be supportive.”
Following the slayings, Balcer called 9-1-1 and reported he had stabbed his mother first, while she hugged him, and subsequently stabbed his father when he awoke to the sound of his wife’s screaming. He told the police he “snapped” and “[didn’t] know why.” “I stabbed the (expletive) out of him,” Balcer laughed. He killed the dog the next morning, saying, “The dog was an unfortunate collateral damage. I had no intention of hurting any of the animals there.”
Prosecutors have filed a motion to have Balcer tried as an adult. If the motion is successful, Balcer will face 25 years to life in prison for each murder.
Winthrop teen accused of killing his parents had gender identity problems, psychologist testifies
On October 20, James van Kuilenburg, a 17-year-old student at Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, MD who identifies as transgender, filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of Maryland to intervene as a defendant in Smith v. Board of Education.
The lawsuit was filed by Mary Smith (a pseudonym), a 15-year old student at Frederick County Public Schools, who alleges her “civil rights, including her fundamental right to bodily privacy, are being intentionally violated” by the school board’s policies which “permit students of one sex to enter and use restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities (“bath facilities”) designated for members of the opposite sex.” According to the complaint, “The policies also allow for males who identify as females to compete against females under Title IX sports programs and share hotel rooms with them on trips, violating the rights of students who are of the female sex.”
Kuilenburg, who is represented by FreeState Justice and the ACLU of Maryland, claims there is “an epidemic of trans students feeling unsafe, depressed, and suicidal,” and that reversing the school’s policy would be “devastating” to these students and “create a culture of fear and misunderstanding.”
Also on October 20, the school board filed its official response to the lawsuit, arguing the complaint fails to state a legal claim and should therefore be dismissed.
Smith v. Board of Education of Frederick County, MD (USA) — Gender Identity Watch
Trans student files motion to defend Frederick school policy — Washington Blade
On October 18, the ACLU of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Corrections reached a settlement in their lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Oregon on behalf of Michelle Wright, a man who identifies as a woman. Wright was convicted of attempted armed robbery in 2013, and has remained in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections since that time.
Wright’s complaint alleged that he had “requested medically necessary care, including hormone therapy, nearly 100 times to treat [his] gender dysphoria,” and that as a “direct result” of the denial of these requests, he had “repeatedly attempted suicide and engaged in acts of self-harm, including three attempts at auto-castration over the last year.”
The settlement agreement awards Wright $167,500 in damages; attorney’s fees in the amount of $100,000; state-funded hormone treatments; access to “feminizing” apparel (specifically bras and underwear), canteen items (specifically flat irons and curling irons), and an electric razor; and the possibility of transfer to a women’s prison.
Wright Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims
Michelle (Miguel) Martinez is a man who identifies as a transgender woman. On October 19, he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl inside a bathroom in the victim’s home. Martinez, who was a family friend, invited the girl into the bathroom where he proceeded to “touch her breasts and genitalia before penetrating her.” The girl immediately told her mother, who immediately reported the assault to the Casper, WY police. When questioned, Martinez told the police the girl was “talking crap” and called the accusations “a publicity stunt.” In court, he pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
Martinez was found guilty of first- and second-degree abuse of a minor, and may face up to 70 years in prison.
On October 18, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the ACLU announced they have reached a settlement in the lawsuit the ACLU filed on behalf of several transgender individuals challenging the state’s controversial law, H.B. 2, and subsequent law H.B. 142.
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On Sunday, October 15, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 179, known as the Gender Recognition Act, into law. The new law creates a new “gender-neutral, non-binary” category for state-issued identification documents in addition to “male and female,” and “makes it easier for transgender, intersex, and non-binary people to get official documentation that accurately reflect their gender identity.” Non-binary is defined as “an umbrella term for people with gender identities that fall somewhere outside of the traditional conceptions of strictly either female or male.” The law also removes the requirement that an individual appear in court or obtain verification from a physician in order to petition the state for updated identifying documents. California is the second state, following Oregon, and the District of Columbia, to allow individuals to “legally recognize a nonbinary gender.”
CA Bill 179 (USA) — Gender Identity Watch