H.B. 2796 (USA)

On June 12, H.B. 2796, the Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017, was referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

“This bill prohibits the word “sex” or “gender” from being interpreted to mean “gender identity,” and requires “man” or “woman” to be interpreted to refer exclusively to a person’s genetic sex, for purposes determining the meaning of federal civil rights laws or related federal administrative agency regulations or guidance. No federal civil rights law shall be interpreted to treat gender identity or transgender status as a protected class, unless it expressly designates “gender identity” or “transgender status” as a protected class.”

H.B. 2796 — Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017

H.B. 2796 — LegiScan

H.B. 2796 — Gender Identity Watch

Kori Doty (Canada)

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Kori Doty, “a non-binary transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female,” gave birth in November at a friend’s home in B.C., Canada.  Doty alleges “a visual inspection at birth is unable to determine what gender that person will have or identify with later in life,” and wishes to keep the baby’s sex off all official records.

According to Doty, “I’m raising Searyl in such a way that until they have the sense of self and command of vocabulary to tell me who they are, I’m recognizing them as a baby and trying to give them all the love and support to be the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the boy box and the girl box.”

“Doty says the province is refusing to issue Searyl a birth certificate with no gender on it, although last month the province did acquiesce and send out the child’s health card with a “U” for gender, presumably for “undetermined” or “unassigned,” so they could access medical services.”  Doty is seeking a judicial review of the case.

Parent fights to omit gender on B.C. child’s birth certificate — cbc.ca

Canadian baby ‘first without gender designation’ on health card — BBC

 

Donna Perry (USA)

Donna Perry, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, was convicted on June 29 in the murders of three prostituted women, Yolanda A. Sapp, Nickie I. Lowe and Kathleen A. Brisbois, more than 27 years after their deaths.

“Their murders remained a mystery until Perry was convicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2012. When [his] DNA was entered into the system, it linked her to the trio of bodies, according to the news station.”

Perry alleged “Douglas” (the name Perry was known by before he started identifying as “Donna”) committed the murders, saying “Douglas didn’t stop, Donna stopped it.”  Perry also claims he had sex reassignment surgery in Thailand in 2000 “as a permanent way to control violence” and that “there’s a great downturn in violence” when men have sex reassignment surgery and identify as women.

A former cellmate of Perry’s, Chero Fread, testified against Perry claiming he had told her he killed “two more individuals after the sex change” and that he was jealous of women “[b]ecause they could breed, they could have families.”  According to Fread, “[h]e told me … becoming a woman was a disguise to take the heat off of him, that an elderly lady with mental illness would never get caught.”

“Sentencing is set for 9:30 a.m. July 24. Since the jury also found Perry guilty of the aggravating circumstance that the three murders were part of a common scheme or plan, she faces up to life in prison on each charge.”

Transgender woman, 65, found guilty of murdering three prostitutes because she was jealous of their ability to reproduce — NY Daily News

Jury convicts Donna Perry of serial killings — The Spokesman-Review

Cellmate of transgender murder suspect says Donna Perry claimed to have killed dozens — The Spokesman-Review

Transgender Defense: ‘Donna’ Says ‘Doug’ Is the Spokane Serial Killer — ABC News

 

 

Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County, Florida @LambdaLegal (USA)

Drew Adams is a 16-year-old student at Nease High School in St Johns County, FL who identifies as a transgender boy.  Lambda Legal recently filed a lawsuit on Adams’ behalf seeking access to the boys’ restrooms at the high school Adams attends.

According to Adams, “I started using the boys’ room during my freshman year, when I began living as the boy that I am, and everything was fine. No one bothered me and I didn’t bother anyone else. But then one day, I was pulled out of class and told that I could no longer use the boys’ room, and would have to use one of the few gender-neutral bathrooms on campus instead. Apparently, someone had anonymously reported me, as if I was doing something wrong. I wasn’t.”

Adams’ attorneys assert “that St. John County School Board’s discriminatory restroom policy sends a purposeful message that transgender students in the school district are undeserving of the privacy, respect and protections afforded to other students. Lambda Legal also argues that the school district’s policy to exclude transgender students from the restrooms that match their gender is unconstitutional because it discriminates based on sex in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act.”

Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County, Florida — Lambda Legal

My High School Won’t Let Me Use the Bathroom, so I’m Suing It — Lambda Legal

Complaint — filed June 28, 2017

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Apple Metro Inc.

On June 9, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a lawsuit against Apple Metro Inc., “which operates several dozen Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill restaurants in the New York City area.”  The lawsuit alleges Apple Metro “violated federal civil rights law by firing a woman for complaining about sex harassment” from one of their restaurants.

“According to the EEOC’s complaint, Apple Metro staff made numerous crude and derogatory references to the employee’s transgender status, repeatedly and intentionally referred to her with a male name and male pronouns, and made offensive comments about her genitalia. After the employee complained to management about the harassment on several occasions, the company fired her.”

EEOC Files Gender Identity Lawsuit In SDNY — Huffington Post

EEOC Sues Apple Metro Restaurant Chain for Sex Discrimination & Retaliation — EEOC

OCR Instructions to the Field re Complaints Involving Transgender Students (USA)

On June 6, 2017 the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued an internal memo to OCR attorneys, explaining “the effects on the developments on the enforcement of Title IX by the Office for Civil Rights.”  The letter emphasizes that “OCR may not rely on the policy set forth in the May 2016 DCL or the January 7, 2015 letter to a private individual as the sole basis for resolving a complaint. …Rather, OCR should rely on Title IX and its implementing regulations, as interpreted in decisions of federal courts and OCR guidance documents that remain in effect, in evaluating complaints of sex discrimination of individuals whether or not the individual is transgender.”  The letter also encourages attorneys to “evaluated each allegation separately” and briefly outlines the procedure for dismissing a complaint.

Trump administration’s guidance to Office for Civil Rights on transgender student complaints — Washington Post

 

Michigan Department of Corrections (USA)

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) has adopted a new policy regarding prisoners access to “hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgery.”  The policy replaces the former guidelines, which “only allowed transgender inmates to receive hormones if they had begun treatment before incarceration.”  The new policy also “allows for transgender inmates to be considered for transition-related surgeries.” According to Michigan ACLU staff attorney Jay Kaplan, “[t]ransgender people who are sentenced to serve time in our prisons should not be forced to endure cruel and unusual punishment because of their gender identity,” implying that denying incarcerated individuals access to hormones or “transition-related surgeries” is somehow “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Michigan allows transition-related care for inmates — The Gayly

Michigan Department of Corrections revises policy, allows transition-related care for transgender inmates — SPLC