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In two major victories for transgender civil rights, today SaksFifth Avenue withdrew a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which Saks had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender workers, and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a historic statement of interest in the same case affirmatively stating that Title VII covers transgender people. This is the first time that the Department has made clear that Title VII prohibits any type of discrimination against transgender people, not just discrimination based on gender stereotypes.
Find out more about the case after the jump…
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We told you last week about the new cover of supermarket-rag InTouch that featured a Photoshopped image of Bruce Jenner wearing makeup and in a woman’s outfit. The magazine hasn’t apologized for the dehumanizing and distasteful cover.
A new petition from Care2 is quickly gaining traction online, you can click here to sign too.
Sarah Michele Gellar and Anthony Stewart Head. Screen Shot via Twitter.
Updated: All names and links have been deleted due to privacy concerns. But we do find the story to be inspiring and worth sharing.
Anthony Stewart Head, most famously known for his role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Buffy’s watcher Giles, granted the wish of one his number-one fans. Head responded to a Tumblr user, who is currently transitioning from female to male, by inviting him to spend the day at his farm in the UK. It all started when he wrote on Tumblr that an old autograph with his birth name and a photo were an uncomfortable reminder of his past self.
Head’s partner Sarah Fisher caught wind of the post, and within 15 minutes she responded to it. The teen was then invited up to the home, where he was able to live blog the entire experience. Suffice to say, he got more than just a new autograph. [via Tumblr]
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Above is the actual cover of this week’s InTouch Weekly. InTouch’s reckless “reporting” and photoshopping of Keeping up with the Kardashian–star Bruce Jenner is not only damaging to the image of transwomen everywhere, but also represents a new low for the rag. The irresponsibility, particularly after the death of a trans-teen Leelah Alcorn, in publishing an article/cover has no place in 2015. If the rumors of Jenner’s transition are true, the media should not treat Jenner as an oddity, but as a person finally finding who they are—shouldn’t that be something we collectively celebrate and not exploit for shock value?
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A new report out of Russia says that those with “disorders of sexual preference” will be banned from driving. New legislative documents reveal a list of new medical regulations for those who are applying for a driver license in order to reduce the number of accidents in the country. Along with universally recognized driver impairmnets like blindness, the document also includes “gender identity disorders,” “transexualism,” and “dual-role transvestism” in addition to “sadomasochism” and “exhibitionism.” [HuffPo]
Independent candidate Madhu Kinnar has won the Raigarh Munipal Coroporation mayoral election, making her the first transgender individual to hold office. “People have shown faith in me,” the 35-year-old Kinnar said. “I consider this win as love and blessings of people for me. I’ll put in my best efforts to accomplish their dreams,” she added after reciving word of her victor over Mahaveer Guruji. Surprisingly, Kinnar received widespread support from the community. “It was the public support that encouraged me to enter the poll fray for the first time and because of their support only, I emerged as the winner,” Kinnar added. [NDTV]
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The death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn is a horrific tragedy. The Ohio teen, whose suicide note blamed gay conversion therapy for her death, called on others to “fix society” to prevent more transgender suicides. Now, a petition, with well over 280,000 people have signed the petition supporting the introduction and passage of a “Leelah’s Law” to ban gay-conversion therapy in the United States. Allison Woolbert, a transgender woman and executive director of the Transgender Human Rights Institute, started the petition after learning about Leelah’s death and the call to action in her suicide note. “My heart broke when I heard about Leelah Alcorn’s suicide. I didn’t know Leelah, but I know her story. That’s because Leelah and I are both transgender,” said Woolbert. “Leelah did not want her death to be in vain. She wanted to shine a light on the needs of trans people, and she wanted us to fix society to help kids like her.”
Click here to add your name to the list.
Yolanda Bogert is definitely our frontrunner for the Mom of the Year Award when she showed her love, compassion, understanding, and humor when she decided last week to take out an ad in the local newspaper to post an addendum to her transgender son’s original birth announcement in 1995. In her correction to her original announcement in Australia’s Courier-Mail, Bogert wrote:
In 1995 we announced the arrival of our sprogget Elizabeth Anne as a daughter. He informs us that we were mistaken. Oops! Our bad. We would like to present our wonderful son – Kai Bogert. Loving you is the easiest thing in the world. Tidy your room.
Mexico City. Image via Passport
Mexico City’s lawmakers have approved a groundbreaking transgender-rights bill that allows trans* people to change their gender without a court order. The law is the first-of-its-kind for a Latin American country and the overwhelming support for the measure (42-0) signals a major change for transgender people in Mexico. “It eliminates cumbersome trials and judicial proceedings, procedures, to generate the administrative change of a legal action to which everyone has the right,” said Manuel Granados Covarrubias of the Party of the Democratic Revolution. “Their dignity is also recognized.”