OutFront Minnesota @outfrontmn v. Piper @ACLUMN (USA)

Evan Tysilio
Evan Tysilio Thomas is a 63-year-old Women who identifies as a Man. The ACLU is representing Thomas and a Minnesota gay group to ask the state to pay for Thomas’ sex reassignment surgery through Minnesota’s Medical Assistance program.
State sued over funding of gender transition surgery
ACLU Challenges Minnesota’s Ban on Medicaid Coverage of Transition-Related Surgery
Lawsuit

Rep. Keisha Waites @keishawaites & HB 716 (USA)

Georgia Rep. Keisha Waites introduced legislation to ban “sexual orientation change efforts” (more commonly called “conversion therapy”) with a person under 18 years of age. Unfortunately, the definition of “sexual orientation change efforts” includes gender identity, thus the bill would effectively ban therapy that suggests to children that gender identity itself is a false construct.

Conversion therapy is junk science. Efforts to make gender nonconforming children comfortable in their skin without telling them they are actually the opposite sex is feminism.

HB 716

New York Times Editorial Board, Jesse Wegman @jessewegman & carol giacomo @giacomonyt (USA)

The New York Times Editorial board issued an op-ed stating that there is “no reason” to exclude “transgender medical care” from insurance coverage.
Forget about all the reasons detailed here. Forget about the fact that gender is a social construct, and medicalizing it has negative ramifications for Women, Girls, and Gay People.

Cummins v. Social Security Administration (USA)

Frank Cummins is a Man with gender dysphoria. He claimed that he was denied Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits because the administrative law judge discriminated against him due to his transgender status. A federal court rejected that claim, but reversed on other grounds.

Cummins v. Social Security Administration

Nova Josephine Bradford v. Fairview Health Services & Gender Justice @GenderJustice (USA)

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A 21 year old man who identifies as a woman, Nova Bradford, is suing Fairview Health Services and the University of Minnesota Medical Center because they would not house him in an in-patient drug treatment program with females.

Gender Justice represents Bradford.

Lawsuit Claims Minn. Woman is Denied Health Care Because She’s Transgender _ KSTP TV – Minneapolis and St

Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services @HHSGov (USA)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to ban discrimination based on so-called “gender identity.” Under the proposed rule, insurance companies cannot discriminate based on gender identity and must treat people consistent with their identity, including in access to facilities. Specifically, healthcare cannot be denied or services limited because the patient identify as another sex. The proposed rule also requires that sex transition care be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, explicitly outlawing categorical exclusions for sex transition.

Comments are due November 9, 2015. You can submit comments here.

HHS proposes stronger ACA protection of transgender rights – UPI

 

Youth Mental Health Protection Act (USA)

The Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which was passed by the Illinois legislature and is effective January 1, 2016, bans “sexual orientation change efforts” in minors. Illinois defines sexual orientation to include gender identity. This law bootstraps transgenderism to sexual orientation. Sexual orientation change efforts have been widely debunked. Gender identity “change” efforts have not. Indeed, one could argue that treatment for gender identity issues that leads to transition is a “sexual orientation change effort.”

We are concerned that the law bans feminist therapists from counseling young people that pretending to be the other sex is a bad idea.

Youth Mental Health Protection Act