Transitions House (USA)

A new Bay Area advocacy group called Transitions House is partnering with the San Francisco LGBT Center to raise money for the Queens Cottage Shelter, which will “offer shelter, food, connections to local resources and a safe haven to transgender women in the area,” organizers said in an announcement yesterday.
We would urge the trans community to support this effort rather than spending time trying to destroy existing women’s shelters.
LGBT Groups Fundraising to Create Transgender Women’s Shelter in Oakland _ East Bay Express

Violence Against Women Act (USA)

Republicans in the House of Representatives introduced a modified version of the Violence Against Women Act that strips the bill of its express protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, which would enable states to exclude lesbian, bisexual,transgender and transsexual women from receiving benefits under the grant.

News Report.


Victim Assistance (European Parliament)

On September 12, 2012, the European Parliament agreed on a directive that ensures victims assistance and protection on the basis of gender, gender identity or expression and sexual orientation.

It is the first time EU law mentions gender expression.

Gender identity is understood as someone’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth; Gender expression is the way someone expresses their gender, including dress, speech and mannerisms.  Both “gender identity” and “gender expression” are defined in the Yogyakarta Principles, see also Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and International Human Rights Law: Contextualising the Yogyakarta Principles.


European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights Announcement.

Ireland Adopts EU Law on Victims of Crime.