Trans Dignity Collective (New Zealand)

A group of trans activists in New Zealand organizing in under the name “Trans Dignity Collective” submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Health, proposing that references to a patient’s biological sex be omitted from medical records because the concept of biological sex is “derogatory” to trans people.  Even a field for “biological sex recorded at birth” (and presumably fields for “gender identity” and “pronouns”) is “particularly bad as it implies a fixed concept that cannot be changed.” It’s almost like they understand that biological sex is a material reality one can’t simply identify in or out of. Imagine that. Continue reading “Trans Dignity Collective (New Zealand)”

Law Reform Commission of Western Australia Project No. 108 (Australia)

The Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (“the Commission”) recently issued a proposal reviewing the “legislation in relation to the recognition of a person’s sex, change of sex or intersex status.” See Project No. 108. The Commission has recommends “leaving gender off birth certificates, as well as adding a third official option of non-binary.”  Although the discussion paper expressly notes that “not all human beings can be classified by sex as either male or female,” the Commission further recommends that a sex classification be held on “a confidential state register,” and allowing a person to apply to the registrar for a “proof of sex certificate.”
Read the Commission’s full discussion paper here.
The Commission is seeking public feedback until October 19, 2018, which may be submitted here.
Western Australia is considering leaving gender off birth certificates

Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill (New Zealand)

On August 10, 2018 the New Zealand Governance and Administration Committee issued a report on the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill, recommending that the bill be passed with proposed amendments. The bill reenacts the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act of 1995, and contains the following proposed amendments, among others:  Continue reading “Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill (New Zealand)”

In re the Name Change of A.L. and In re the Name Change of L.S. (USA)

The Court of Appeals of Indiana just issued a ruling clarifying the process by which individuals may obtain a legal name or gender marker change for their identifying documents.
Both petitioners identify as transgender men, and both filed petitions to change the gender marker that appears on their identifying documents.  One petitioner, L.S., also filed a petition “to change his name, to waive the publication requirement, and to seal the record pursuant to Administrative Rule 9.”
Administrative Rule 9 provides “an exception providing that a court record that would otherwise be publicly accessible may be excluded from public access upon a verified written request demonstrating that ‘[a]ccess or dissemination of the Court Record will create a significant risk of substantial harm to the requestor . . . .'”  L.S. “testified that he believes that if information about his transgender status became public, he would be ‘at great risk for potential harm. . . . I mean it could be anything. I – I – I uh, violence, death, you know, it just depends on who – who gets a hold of me you know.'”
The court found that the “requirement to publish notice of intent to change one’s name” does not apply to one who applies to change one’s gender marker.  The court also found that the L.S. provided sufficient evidence to qualify for exception to the requirement to publish one’s intended name change under Administrative Rule 9, and ” is entitled to have the record sealed, and is entitled to waive publication of notice of intent to change his name.”

Indiana appeals court clarifies process for transgender birth certificate, name changes —

In re the Name Change of A.L. and In re the Name Change of L.S.

Rowan Feldhaus @feministlady @ghoulhalf

Rowan Feldhaus was a woman who identified as a man. She died from septic shock after having a hysterectomy. Although less than 1 percent of women die each year from hysterectomy, surgical complications, including sepsis, can kill you. Surgical patients have a 30% chance of a complication (typically infection or fever) while in the hospital. Some 1 million people go into septic shock after surgery each year, and almost half of them die.
Transgender activists never discuss how serious hysterectomy is, and, instead, treat the subject matter quite flippantly, as the following tweets demonstrate:
Feldhaus’ legacy also includes getting Georgia courts to grant name changes for transgender people.
Rowan Feldhaus, who won transgender court fight, dies after surgery
What rights do transgender people have to change their names_ _ Society _ The Guardian
Judge says no to transgender man’s request to change name
Georgia appeals court orders transgender name changes
Denial of Name Change opinion

Women Transition in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

Two women who live in the United Arab Emirates are seeking legal recognition as as men. State newspaper al-Bayan reported that the plaintiffs, identified by their initials as H.S., aged 26, and A.M., 28, have asked an Abu Dhabi court to have their sexes and names changed on state records, al-Bayan reported, after they underwent hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery in Europe.
The lawyer for the two women, Ali al-Mansouri, told Reuters that the UAE’s federal laws on medical responsibility had to endorse gender reassignment because it was a remedy certified by doctors for what they had diagnosed as a medical condition in his clients, namely gender identity disorder.
Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates punishes consensual homosexual sex with up to 14 years in prison.
In First, Transgender Emiratis Seek Legal Recognition as Men – NBC News

F.V. v. Armstrong @LambdaLegal (USA)

A man is suing the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare because the department will not change his birth certificate to reflect that he know identifies as “female.” Lambda Legal, which used to represent gay people, asserts, among other claims, that it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution for Idaho to refuse to change his birth certificate to reflect the fictional view that he is female. Lambda also asserts that “transgender people are a discrete and insular group and lack the political power to protect their rights through the legislative process.” Given that the definition of gender identity pushed by Lambda and others is wholly subjective – thus allowing anyone to claim membership – and the speed with which Lambda has gotten states to adopt this ridiculous legislation, the bald assertions in the complaint are laughable, at best.
Transgender woman sues Idaho over refusal to amend gender marker – Metro Weekly

Larry Kowalchuk @Raven_Lark (Canada)

Saskatoon-based lawyer Larry Kowalchuk has filed a lawsuit against the province of Saskatchewan, arguing that requiring a third party (a physician or psychologist) to verify an individual’s gender in order to change the sex listed on their legal identification documents violates their right to freedom of expression.  The suit further alleges that the province and Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission have violated the charter rights of Kowalchuk’s clients through the Vital Statistics Act, which is currently under review by the Ministry of Justice.  Kowalchuk is seeking damages in the amount of $20,000 for each of his nine clients named in the suit, along with legislation changes, document changes at no cost to applicants, and an educational campaign targeted at discrimination.
Transgender residents start lawsuit against Saskatchewan government, human rights agency _ Regina Leader-Post

Mott v. Kansas (USA)

stephanie mott
Stephanie Mott, a male who identifies as a woman, has filed a lawsuit against the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (“KDHE”), claiming “One of the first things I ever knew about myself is that I’m a girl, but to this day, the state of Kansas refuses to update my birth certificate to reflect who I truly am.”  Although KDHE previously made this type of change to birth certificates, they stopped doing so in 2012.  Mott, who unsuccessfully ran for public office last year, says, “It’s so important for me that my birth certificate reflect my authentic self.”
Transgender activist sues state over refusal to change gender on birth certificate _ The Wichita Eagle