On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that it paid for the gender-reassignment surgery of an active-duty military service member who identifies as a transgender woman.
The anonymous military service member, who earned a Combat Infantry Badge in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in 2003, is the first individual to receive gender-reassignment surgery under a waiver allowing the Pentagon to fund the procedure.
According to a statement from the Pentagon, “Because this service member had already begun a sex-reassignment course of treatment, and the treating doctor deemed this surgery medically necessary, a waiver was approved by the director of the Defense Health Agency. The Supplemental Health Care Program will cover this surgery in accordance with the Department’s interim guidance on transgender Service members.”
The surgery was performed at a civilian hospital, as “military hospitals do not have the surgical expertise to perform this type of surgery.”
Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, head of the Defense Health Agency, approved the waiver request for the surgery, disregarding a memorandum issued by President Trump in August banning government funding for such operations. The ban was blocked by a federal judge in October.
Pentagon Pays for Service Members’ Gender-Reassignment Surgery — U.S. News
Pentagon to pay for surgery for transgender soldier — NBC News
Pentagon will pay for transgender soldier’s gender-reassignment surgery — The Hill
Anthony Loveday, a man who identifies as a woman and who is currently incarcerated, claims the state’s refusal to provide him hormones “amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.”
Loveday, who is represented by the ACLU of Indiana, filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Correction (“DOC”) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The lawsuit alleges Loveday’s gender dysphoria causes “mental anguish stemming from the discrepancy between [his] identification as a female and the physical male attributes with which [he] was born” and that he “experiences anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation as a result of her condition.”
According to the DOC’s response to the complaint, the DOC “has an informal policy … that if an offender did not enter the DOC already on Hormones, the contractual medical staff nor the IDOC are not under any obligation to provide hormone therapy for offenders who discover they are Transgender while incarcerated.”
Loveday plead guilty and was convicted in 2008 of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, and possession of child pornography. He is currently serving a 39-year sentence at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, IN. He was previously convicted of child molestation and sexual battery in 1995.
Transgender inmate sues over hormone therapy — indystar.com
BMore Queer is a Facebook group that recently removed a lesbian from the group after the lesbian objected to the anti-lesbian slur “TERF” used on this post:
In 2017, the LGBT Movement is an anti-lesbian movement that expects Lesbians to bow down to Queer ideology.
The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany recently ruled “that binary gender designations violated the right to privacy.” The court ordered lawmakers to “create a third gender category for people who do not identify as either male or female or were born with ambiguous sexual traits” or “dispense with gender altogether in public documents” by the end of 2018.
This decision comes in the case of a German citizen identified only as Vanja, who filed a constitutional complaint alleging a violation of the general right of personality and discrimination based on gender following a denied request to replace “female” on Vanja’s birth certificate with “inter/diverse.”
“The assignment to a gender is of paramount importance for individual identity; it typically occupies a key position both in the self-image of a person and how the person is perceived by others,” the court found. “It also protects the sexual identity of those persons who are neither male nor female.”
Germany Must Allow Third Gender Category, Court Rules — New York Times
Topshop, a fashion retailer which maintains approximately 500 stores worldwide, “has announced it now has gender-neutral changing rooms following” accusations of transphobia from customers.
Travis Alabanza, a man who identifies as trans feminine, decided to use a women’s fitting room at a Topshop store in Manchester, and was asked to instead use the men’s fitting room. According to Alablanza, “I was quite upset – it ruined my day.”
In response, Topshop replied that although the attendant asked Alablanza to use the men’s fitting room, “the policy was already in place at the time and its changing rooms are already gender-neutral space.” A spokesperson for Topshop also stated, “All Topshop and Topman customers are free to use any of the fitting rooms located within our stores.”
Topshop announces gender-neutral changing rooms after trans customer was refused access to female cubicles — telegraph.co.uk
Topshop ABOLISHES women-only changing rooms in favour of gender neutral spaces after pressure from transgender customers — dailymail.com
Rachel Dovel, formerly known as Nathan, is a man who identifies as a woman. In September 2016, Dovel filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against his employer, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (“the library”), alleging the library’s categorical exclusion of insurance coverage for all procedures related to “sex transformation and/or the reversal thereof … regardless of origin or cause” discriminated against Dovel on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection of the Affordable Care Act. The complaint demands compensatory damages, coverage for sex reassignment surgery and “other medical care necessary to treat her [sic] gender dysphoria,” and seeks to enjoin the library from “maintaining an insurance policy that excludes coverage for transition-related care.” Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the library announced “it would offer coverage for sex reassignment surgery under the base plan.”
According to Dovel’s attorney, Jennifer Branch, “A government employer, like the public library, knows it cannot discriminate against its transgender employees; but yet it continues to deny Ms. Dovel necessary medical treatment. Rachel had no choice but to seek compensation for her estimated $25,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses.” Dovel took out a personal loan and underwent surgery in December 2016.
In May 2017 the parties reached a settlement in which the library agreed to:
- Changed its healthcare plan effective Jan. 1 to include transgender surgery and other medical care for transgender people
- Agreed to listen to the recommendations of its employees about purchasing and offering LGBT-related materials and events
- Will continue its practice of using gender-neutral employment forms and providing gender-neutral restrooms when feasible
- Offer employees training on LGBT inclusion.
It is unclear whether there was a monetary settlement.
Transgender library insurance dispute goes to court — Cincinnati.com
Library settles transgender lawsuit, now covers transgender surgery — Cincinnati.com
The New York Times recently published a piece titled, “Twitter Has a Transgender Problem,” in which the author claims “Transgender users who are active on Twitter are often targeted by everyone from social conservatives to so-called feminists espousing transphobic views in the name of “protecting” cisgender women.”
Importantly, the author uses this opportunity to defend Laurelai Bailey, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, and who was correctly suspended from Twitter for inciting violence against women.
Read more about Bailey’s behavior on the internet, including Twitter, on Gender Identity Watch here and here.