Cathy Brennan is a lesbian activist based in Maryland who has worked on resolving the tension between gender identity and women’s rights since the mid-1990s. This is an interview from August 2018 regarding her work to create the Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft, the first women-only lesbian feminist religious organization to be granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS.
Shagasyia “Shea” Diamond is a man who identifies as “a Black Trans Woman with experience in the sex trades.” In 1999 he committed an armed robbery and was sentenced to 5 to 20 years in prison. He served ten years in various men’s prisons in Michigan and was released in 2009.
According to Diamond, “My crime was to get funds for gender-conforming surgery … I was criminalized because I couldn’t endure living in a gender that wasn’t my own.” He conveniently minimizes the fact that he was actually sentenced to prison not because of his gender identity, but because he committed a violent crime.
He additionally claims, “I was suffering from gender identity disorder and gender dysphoria, so I committed a crime,” again minimizing the fact that armed robbery is a violent crime. “I acted out of duress and desperation to live my truth as the female I am,” he states, attempting to use his gender identity crisis in defense of his actions.
In 2014 he was arrested at his Bronx apartment following “a dispute” with his ex-husband and placed in a men’s holding cell.
In 2017 Diamond is a men’s rights activist, who believes female correctional officers should be forced to strip-search male inmates and that male inmates should be housed in women’s prisons if they identify as women. He’s also involved with The Women’s Building, a former women’s prison that’s “being turned into an inclusive place where all women can find support,” and claims it’s “a space for women and girls like me and all women everywhere.”
Activists say police abuse of transgender people persists despite reforms — New York Times
Hamilton County Job and Family Services (“JFS”), in Ohio, recently filed a complaint in the Hamilton County Juvenile Court against the parents of a 16-year-old who identifies as a transgender boy, seeking custody of the teen and asking Judge Sylvia Hendon to order treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center over the parents’s objections. The child’s parents, who would prefer their child receive only Christian-based therapy, claim the allegations set forth in the complaint are not true. The child currently lives with grandparents, who are also seeking custody.
Drew Adams is a 16-year-old student at Nease High School in St Johns County, FL who identifies as a transgender boy. Adams filed a federal lawsuit against The School Board of St. Johns County, FL seeking to force the school to allow students to use the school’s sex-segregated facilities based on the student’s gender identity, regardless of the rights of other students to access single sex-segregated facilities.
Oral testimony in Adams’s case concluded on Wednesday, December 13. According to Judge Timothy Corrigan, the issue in this case is, “does the district’s policy nevertheless violate Title IX (education laws) or does it violate the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution?” Judge Corrigan is expected to issue a ruling sometime in 2018, reportedly before the 2018-19 school year, Adams’s senior year, begins in the fall.
Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County, Florida — Gender Identity Watch (June 28, 2017)
Tahlia René is a man who identifies as a transgender woman. He was recently banned from Tinder for “violating our Terms of Service or Community Guidelines in some way.” Although Tinder declined to state precisely how René had violated the Terms of Service or Community Guidelines, René surmises he was banned “because of men mass reporting me for being trans.”
René fails to understand that heterosexual men aren’t interested in dating other men (including men who identify as women) and are well within their rights to report other Tinder users who they believe to be in violation of the Terms of Service. Further, Tinder encourages users to “report all bad behavior,” which may reasonably include reporting users who are misrepresenting themselves in some way (like claiming to be women when they are not women, for example).
Tinder accused of banning transgender woman from dating app — independent.co.uk
Why are trans people being banned from Tinder? — Vice
Riley Del Rey, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, claims he was fired from an internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (“CHCI”), under the leadership of Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, in 2015 “because [he] is transgender.”
Del Rey alleges he was terminated the same day the his supervisors told him “they had received information that caught them ‘off guard'” and that he “believes staff in the congresswoman’s office had just become aware that [he] is transgender.”
Del Rey “says [he] is raising the allegations now … because of a slew of stories in the news about sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace” and that “the views of transgender people” are “missing in the nationwide debate.” No one here is surprised; we already know men tend to feel left out when conversations aren’t all about them.
On Monday, December 11 U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a ruling in Doe v. Trump denying “the Trump administration’s request to delay an order requiring the military to begin accepting transgender recruits starting January 1.”
Judge Kollar-Kotelly wrote, “The Court is not persuaded that Defendants will be irreparably injured by” the January 1 deadline. The Pentagon has announced “it will begin processing transgender applicants to the military on January 1.”
The Department of Justice appealed the ruling late Monday, arguing implementing “a significant change” to military standards would “place extraordinary burdens on our armed forces and may harm military readiness.”
Sarah (formerly known as Anthony) Fadich is a man who identifies as a woman who claims his ex-wife “continues to boldly and maliciously use her incorrect name and pronouns causing tremendous confusion and distress to the kids.” He filed a motion seeking to compel her to use “correct and legal name and gender pronouns” when referring to him, which the court denied, citing her first amendment right to free speech. He then filed a second motion, again seeking to force his ex-wife to validate his gender identity, claiming “the only way to fight this abuse, discrimination, and injustice is to take the battle to the court room and hold the legal system accountable.”
Additionally, he’s seeking to use his position as a veteran and a transgender “mother” to fundraise his “fight to simply observe [his] custodial parental rights” and making the absurd assertion that his “kids’ emotional and psychological safety” is in jeopardy because they are not forced to refer to him as their “mother.” Apparently he thought it would be appropriate to post their photo on the internet and make public accusations against their mother (such as blaming her for “psychologically manipulating” them, “prevent[ing]their healing, prolong[ing] their suffering, and ensur[ing] that they harbor bitterness and blame towards Sarah”) in an attempt to raise money to fund his lawsuit. Shameful.
On November 7, New Hampshire Senator Ed Butler introduced H.B. 1319, “An Act prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity,” which, if passed, would add “gender identity” to the state’s existing anti-discrimination laws. The bill defines “gender identity” as “a person’s gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior” and specifies “gender-related identity may be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity, consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity, or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held as part of a person’s core identity provided, however, that gender-related identity shall not be asserted for any improper purpose.”
Read the full text here: New Hampshire H.B. 1319
Gabrielle Bouchard, a man who identifies as a woman, has been elected to serve as president of the Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ), Quebec’s main women’s federation.
Bouchard, who ran unopposed, recognizes that “some women are really, really, not happy” that a male individual has been elected to lead a women’s rights organization.
The FFQ’s mission includes the aim to “deconstruct and eliminate patriarchy and all the other systems of oppression or domination with which it is intertwined, such as capitalism, racism, imperialism, heterosexism, colonialism.”