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U.S. Tax Court Ruling Allows Deduction for GID Treatment and Surgery
The U.S. Tax Court today issued a long-awaited decision in O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, ruling that treatment for gender identity disorder (including hormone therapy and surgery) qualifies as medical care under the Internal Revenue Code, and is therefore deductible.
Obama Hires Trans Woman Amanda Simpson
from the National Center for Transgender Equality Amanda Simpson, who has served on NCTE's Board of Directors for the past 3 years, has been appointed by the Obama Administration as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce. She'll be working in the Bureau of Industry and Security. "I'm truly honored to have received this appointment and am eager and excited about this opportunity that is before me. And at ...
Committee on Education and Labor Hears Testimony on Workplace Discrimination
(September 24, 2009, Washington, DC)-The House Committee on Education and Labor, led by Chairman George Miller (D-CA), heard testimony yesterday morning about the devastating impact of workplace discrimination faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The hearing was part of the Committee's work on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), HR 3017.
Midwest trans organization, FORGE, awarded $293,209 federal grant to improve sexual violence services
Sexual violence and criminal justice professionals across the country will be better prepared to respectfully and appropriately serve transgender survivors of sexual violence as the result of three-year, $293,209 grant funded under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) awarded to FORGE by the Office for Victims of ...
Where’s the Rulebook for Sex Verification?
Caster Semenya, the world-champion runner from South Africa, is facing allegations from her competitors that she's "not really a woman." This well-written piece from the NY Times sheds some light on the many natural variations in gender development. (click here)
ACTION ALERT: Call Senators About Hate Crimes Bill S.909
Friday, 07. 10. 2009 – Section: TransNews
We have good news: The Senate is likely to vote on the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, S.909, as early as next Wednesday, July 15. As you may remember, the companion bill, H.R.1913, already passed the House of Representatives this past April after NCTE's successful lobby day. With a final push, you can help to make this important bill become a law. This bill expands the coverage of existing hate crime laws to include crimes not only based on race, color, religion, ...
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DOJ Will Not Appeal Veteran’s Victory In Transgender Discrimination Case
Signals Commitment By Obama Administration To Protect Transgender Workers From Discrimination WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Justice decided not to appeal a federal court ruling awarding transgender veteran Diane Schroer the maximum compensation for the discrimination she suffered after being refused a job with the Library of Congress. The deadline for seeking an appeal was June 30. The American Civil Liberties Union has represented ...
Lambda Legal’s Lawsuit on Behalf of Georgia Transgender Woman Can Move Forward
Friday, 06. 26. 2009 – Section: TransNews
(Lambda Legal: Atlanta, GA) — The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia today denied the Georgia General Assembly's motion to dismiss Lambda Legal's federal lawsuit on behalf of Vandy Beth Glenn, a transgender woman who was fired from her job as Legislative Editor after she told them she planned to transition from male to ...
Hearing on Trans-Inclusive Hate Crimes Legislation Held Today
Thursday, 06. 25. 2009 – Section: TransNews
WASHINGTON, June 25 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund has submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging for the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The committee is holding a hearing on the measure today. The bill, which extends federal authority for investigation and prosecution of hate violence to crimes based on the victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, ...
- Transgender Hoosier and Her Supporters Bring New Era to Muncie Hospital
- Transgender Hoosier Alleges Discrimination at Muncie Hospital
- “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler – Performance to Benefit INTRAA
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- College district considers new harassment measures - Houston Chronicle
- WPATH Releases New Standards of Care for Trans Patients - Just Out
- Anti-discrimination policy for transgender students weighed - Tucson Citizen
- Transgender activist Jessica Lam helps plan conference at Florida ... - MiamiHerald.com (blog)
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- Changes for Transgender & Transsexual Issues Examiner April 27, 2010
- University of Pennsylvania student insurance plan to pay for transition costs April 17, 2010
- Arrest made in murder of New York transgender woman Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar April 15, 2010
- Women get prison in murder of transsexual man April 12, 2010
- The murders of transgender women must end April 9, 2010