Dr. Helen Webberley, a Welsh general practitioner (“GP”) is being investigated by the General Medical Council (“GMC”) following complaints by two National Health Service (“NHS”) consultants alleging that she gave “cross-sex hormone treatment” to children as young as twelve years old at her private clinic. “Guidelines on the NHS do not allow doctors to prescribe cross-sex hormone treatment for children.”
Dr. Webberley “has been restricted from treating transgender patients unsupervised” while under investigation by the GMC.
GP probed for giving child, 12, gender-change hormones — BBC News
GP who gave child, 12, sex-change drugs ‘after one-hour training course’ is investigated by medical watchdog over her work with youngsters who want to change gender — dailymail.co.uk
The American Civil Liberties Union continues to demonstrate that it does not care about the rights of children in taking up the cause of a teenage girl in Michigan who wants access to boys’ facilities because she says she’s a boy. It sent a letter to the Jenison High School superintendent on behalf of the girl, who apparently is offended that she was told that she could choose between the bathroom corresponding with her actual sex , one of three unisex staff bathrooms or a so-called gender-neutral bathroom installed.
Letter to Superintendent TenBrink
Michigan school’s bathroom policy stigmatizes transgender students, ACLU argues _ MLive
The Board of Education for the Highland Local School District (“Highland”) filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, asking the court to reverse a lower court’s decision in it’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education. The brief also asks the court to deny a motion for preliminary injunction from third-party plaintiff Jane Doe, a male student in the Highland Local School District seeking access to sex-segregated facilities reserved for female students.
On September 26, 2016 U.S. District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley granted a preliminary injunction to Jane Doe stating, “The Court orders School District officials to treat Jane Doe as the girl she is, including referring to her by female pronouns and her female name and allowing her to use the girls’ restroom at Highland Elementary School.”
In its brief filed April 19, Highland asserts, “This appeal concerns the efforts of Appellants to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for Intervenor Third-Party Plaintiff-Appellee Jane Doe, a minor, by and through her legal guardians Joyce and John Doe (“Doe”), as well as all the other students enrolled in Highland, and the competing efforts of Doe and other parties to improperly expand both Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause to encompass the concept of gender identity in violation of the plain language of the statute, congressional intent, and existing federal case law.” [emphasis added]
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of Gavin Grimm, 16, a female teen who identifies as a transgender boy. Grimm is suing Virginia’s Gloucester County School Board, arguing that its policy requiring students to use sex-segregated spaces based on their sex (or “gender-neutral” single-person facilities) is a violation of Title IX of the US Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX bans discrimination based on sex at schools that receive federal funding. Continue reading
Erin Buzuvis, Professor of Law, Western New England University and Kristine Newhall, Ph.D., Women’s Studies wrote a blog called Title IX Blog. They regularly write posts that disparage Women and Girls’ right to have opportunities based on sex. Here is a recent post authored by Newhall on transgender cases:
Legislators in Kansas introduced a pair of bills that would define access to bathrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-segregated facilities in public schools (including public universities) on the basis of sex, defined as “the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s chromosomes, and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy.” The proposed legislation also entitles any student who encounters someone in a space not designated for that person’s sex to $2,500 in damages from the school, plus “monetary damages for all psychological, emotional and physical harm suffered as a result of a violation of this section.” If students who identify as transgender request alternate accommodations, the bill allows schools to provide “access to single-stall bathrooms; access to unisex bathrooms; or controlled use of faculty bathrooms, locker rooms, or shower rooms.”
SENATE BILL No. 513
HOUSE BILL No. 2737
Illinois State Rep Tom Morrison has introduced HB 4474, known as the Pupil Physical Privacy Act. If passed, the bill would require Illinois school boards to designate restrooms, changing rooms, and other similar facilities “for the exclusive use of pupils of only one sex.” The bill defines sex as “the physical condition of being male or female, as determined by an individual’s chromosomes and identified at birth by that individual’s anatomy.” HB 4474 also provides accommodations for students who do not wish to use the facilities corresponding to their sex, authorizing school boards “to provide reasonable accommodations to a pupil to use a single-occupancy restroom or changing room or the regulated use of a faculty restroom or changing room” upon receiving a written request for such accommodations.