Jennifer James, founder of the crowdfunding campaign to to “Keep All Women Shortlists Female,” an effort seeking to stop men from occupying leadership positions reserved for women, has been suspended from the Labour Party after her name appeared on a “secret hit list” accusing her (and others) of “transphobia.” James is the second woman the Labour Party suspended following accusations of “transphobia.”
The list appeared in a closed Facebook group called Labour Against Transphobia. According to James, “Labour has, essentially, a secret police group with a hit list, picking off crowdfunder women signatories one at a time. I have been suspended for saying women don’t have penises and men don’t have vaginas.”
Labour suspends activist in transgender row — The Times
Marie Dean, formerly known as Gary Dean Marie, is a man who identifies as a transgender woman. In 2009, he was convicted of over 30 offenses, “including voyeurism, aggravated burglary, and assaulting police officers” and breaking into several homes and filming himself “wearing the underwear belonging to teenage girls.” Following his conviction, Dean was sentenced to an “indeterminate sentence for public protection,” which he has been serving at HMP Preston, a men’s prison.
In a letter dated January 17, Dean wrote to friends about how he’s feeling “dehumanised” by the prison’s refusal to recognize him as a woman, describing his experience in prison as a “nightmare,” and declaring that he “would rather die than be denied” his chosen gender. He is refusing food in protest at being held in a men’s prison without access to “hair straighteners, epilator or any makeup.”
Transgender woman in male prison ‘nightmare’ on hunger strike — The Guardian
The Marie Dean story shows there’s no simple answer to how we treat transgender prisoners — New Statesman
Ian Huntley is a 43-year-old man who abducted and murdered two 10-year-old girls in 2002. He is currently serving a minimum 40 year sentence at HM Prison Frankland, an all-male facility. He is not eligible for parole until 2042.
An unnamed source reports Ian has asked the other inmates and prison staff to refer to him as “Lian” and that he is getting “loads of attention” and “takes pleasure in signing everything for as many inmates as possible with his new name.”
Soham child killer Ian Huntley ‘changes name to female version Lian’ inside prison
On January 25, Judge Thomas Allen denied a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have allowed a male high school student who identifies as a girl unlimited access to the girls’ locker room at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois. In his order denying the motion, Judge Allen of the Cook County Circuit Court ruled that the preliminary injunction allowing unrestricted access to the girls’ sex-segregated facilities was not necessary as the case proceeds.
Illinois judge denies transgender student unlimited locker room access — Reuters
Nova Maday v. Township High School District 211 (USA) — Gender Identity Watch
On January 17, Virginia state delegate Debra Rodman introduced H.B. 1466, a bill that would require insurance companies to “provide coverage under the health benefit plan without discrimination on the basis of gender identity or status as a transgender individual.”
The bill would additionally require insurance companies to provide cover age “for health care services that are ordinarily or exclusively available to covered individuals of one sex” to individuals whose “gender identity” includes receiving such services, and would prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage of “medically necessary transition-related care.”
The bill is co-sponsored by Virginia state delegate Danica Roem, a man who identifies as a transgender woman and who was recently elected to the state legislature as “the first openly trans person seated in a state legislature in the U.S.”
V.A. bill would ban anti-trans health insurance discrimination — Washington Blade
Venice Allan is a 43-year-old woman from South London whose membership to the U.K. Labour Party was recently suspended “pending an investigation into transphobic bullying and harassment.”
Allan, who is also known on social media as Dr. Radfem, claims the allegations stem from memes posted to her Twitter account. She is also involved in the campaign to “Keep All Women Shortlists Female,” seeking to stop men from occupying leadership positions reserved for women.
In 2018, stating that men are men is “bullying and harassment.”
“Hateful” TERF suspended from Labour Party after posting transphobic memes — Pink News
Parents of current and former students at Williamston Community Schools have filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, alleging the school’s policies regarding gender identity violates their children’s right to share their conflicting religious beliefs at school.
According to the lawsuit, the school district “promotes the agenda of alternative sexual lifestyle activists while creating an environment that is hostile toward and disfavors students and families that oppose these policies based upon their sincerely held moral and religious beliefs, and who object to the close interaction of males and females together in intimate settings such as showers, locker rooms and bathroom.”
Gender policy pushes “alternative lifestyles, punishes Christian students, lawsuit says — MLive
Federal lawsuit filed in Williamston school district transgender/sexual orientation policies — WLNS
Williamston Community Schools Board of Education — Gender Identity Watch Oct. 3, 2017
Lizbeth DeSelm, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, will be speaking at the Cambridge/Boston Women’s March on January 20 from 1-3pm at Cambridge Common, Cambridge, across from Harvard Square, with the goal of “rallying support against the ballot initiative that would remove gender identity from the Commonwealth’s Public Accommodations law.”
We do not support the codification of sex-stereotypes (“gender identity”) into law.
DeSelm to speak at Women’s March in favor of gender identity
Andrew Balcer is a man who murdered his parents and the family dog in October 2016 because he “did not believe his parents would support him in his gender identity struggles.” He was indicted on two charges of murder and one charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.
On January 12, he pleaded, “Not guilty on all.” His trial is tentatively scheduled for November 2018, with jury selection to commence on November 8. Additionally, he has agreed to continue to be held in police custody in lieu of a special bail hearing.
Winthrop teen pleads not guilty to Halloween murder of parents, family dog
Andrew Balcer — Gender Identity Watch