On November 20, a federal jury awarded Rachel Tudor, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, $1.1 million in damages, finding that Tudor was “denied tenure in 2009-10 because of her gender,” “denied the opportunity to apply for tenure in the 2010-11 cycle … because of her gender,” and that Tudor faced retaliation from the university after complaining about workplace discrimination. The lawsuit claimed Tudor was denied tenure due to “transgender status” in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Tudor v. SE Oklahoma State University (USA) — Gender Identity Watch
Jury awards transgender professor $1.1 million in discrimination case — NBC News
Lily Madigan, a 19-year-old man who identifies as a woman, has been elected to serve as women’s officer for the Rochester & Strood Constituency Labour Party. The Labour Party’s rules state that “the women’s officer must be a woman.”
Madigan recently demanded Labour Party officials remove Anne Ruzylo because Madigan was offended by Ruzylo’s views on gender identity, which she expressed on Twitter. The complaint was dismissed, however, “it formed part of a wider transphobia campaign which partly prompted the resignation of Ms. Ruzylo and the rest of the executive committee Bexhill and Battle.”
Trans teenager Lily Madigan voted in as a Labour women’s officer
LGBT Labour, “The Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* Rights … affiliated to the Labour Party,” released a statement on November 13 claiming Linda Bellos, “who we believe to be a member of the Labour Party” was “inciting violence upon trans members and the wider trans community” in a speech she gave on November 8 at a talk called, “Let’s Talk About the GRA.” LGBT Labour demands the Labour Party “launch an investigation” since “her comments do not make the Labour Party a space for our trans members to feel safe.” Safety, in this context, appears to refer to the absence of women who disagree with trans activists’ views on the Gender Recognition Act.
On November 15, the Iowa State University College Republicans impeached Heather Dunn by a majority vote following allegations of sexual assault and harassment in violation of the Iowa State Code of Conduct.
“College Republicans argued that the sexual assault and harassment allegations, as defined by the Iowa State Code of Conduct, occurred at a party attended by its members in Adel, Iowa on Oct. 27.”
Dunn argues there is “plenty of evidence from testimony from members of this organization that the reason behind these phony allegations is because of the fact that I am transgender,” and that the accusations are slanderous, “outright lies.” Dunn also stated, “I was under the impression when I came out that the College Republicans were actually accepting of me. It looks like I was wrong.”
“Dunn said she intends to report the impeachment to the Office of Equal Opportunity on the grounds of discrimination and false accusations.”
College Republicans ousts transgender woman on sexual assault allegations — Iowa State Daily
Fair Play for Women, “an informal collective (mostly British) with urgent concerns about women’s rights & freedoms,” released a report concluding “that approximately half of the known transgender population in prison are either sex offenders and/or highly dangerous prisoners.”
According to the abstract, “No official figures are currently available regarding the number or type of convictions of trans-identifying male inmates in the prisons of England and Wales. This information is necessary to enable an accurate risk assessment of the impact of proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 on the women’s prison population. Using publicly available prison inspection reports, we searched for all references to transgender inmates and were able to identify at least 113 trans-identifying male inmates (people born male who identify as transgender).”
The Sunday Times reports, “Despite the imprecision of the figures, it appears likely, therefore, that between a third and a half of all England and Wales’s transgender prisoners — Fair Play for Women states 41% — are sex offenders. That compares with a proportion of 17% in the prison population as a whole.”
Read the full report here: Investigation into the number of trans-identifying males in prison in England and Wales and their offender profiles
Up to half of trans inmates may be sex offenders — The Sunday Times
On September 17, New Zealand’s Immigration and Protection Tribunal granted an anonymous “transgender woman from the United Kingdom” a residency visa upon finding that deportation would be “unduly harsh” considering it would mean a return to “the very same, toxic environment” which caused the individual “severe mental health issues.”
“As part of her appeal to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, she submitted medical records from 2004 to 2009 that traced her depression, anxiety, and inability to cope in public. She also provided 20 reports on the prevalence of transphobic hate crimes in the UK, and their low rate of prosecution.”
Trans woman granted NZ residency to protect her from hate crime in the UK
A incarcerated man, who identifies as a transgender woman, has filed a lawsuit in a federal district court against the Massachusetts Department of Correction (“DOC” or “the department”) alleging multiple civil rights violations arising from the department’s refusal to place him in an all-female prison.
The inmate, who is identified in the lawsuit under the pseudonym Jane Doe, is currently serving a three to five year sentence for a non-violent drug offense. His lawsuit, crafted by GLAD attorneys, claims the “Defendants have undermined Jane Doe’s ability to live as a woman, have punished her for attempting to do so, and have refused to provide reasonable accommodations for her diagnosed condition. They have traumatized her by forcing her to live in a male correctional facility, subjecting her to strip searches by male correctional officers, forcing her to shower in view of male prisoners who inappropriately comment on her female breast development and otherwise harass her, and refusing to address or refer to her using female pronouns.” The complaint additionally alleges Doe was told he “could not be transferred to the women’s prison until [he] has genital surgery” and that the department has “yet to allow [him] to receive this surgery.”
GLAD asserts “MA DOC has incorrectly housed [Doe] in an all-male facility,” conveniently ignoring the fact that placing a male inmate in an all-female facility would violate the civil rights of every woman incarcerated there under the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
The complaint seeks injunctive relief in the form of a transfer from MCI-Norfolk (a men’s facility) to MCI-Framingham (a women’s facility), to force the DOC to “treat Jane Doe the same as other women held by the DOC,” refer to Doe using only a “female name” and pronouns, to grant Doe “separate shower time without the presence of men,” to “only allow strip searches of Jane Doe to be conducted by female correctional officers,” to “provide Jane Doe access to preventative healthcare, including mammograms,” and reasonable attorney’s fees and costs of action.
Transgender woman sues over placement in male prison — Washington Post
Complaint — filed November 15, 2017