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March 26, 2007--Geneva--‘Yogyakarta Principles’ a Milestone for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights; Experts Set Out Global Standards for Sexual Rights and Gender Equality. A groundbreaking set of principles on sexual orientation, gender identity, and international law is a landmark advance in the struggle for basic human rights as well as gender equality, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership said today. The document, known as the Yogyakarta Principles after the city where it was adopted, was launched today in Geneva by a group of 29 international human rights experts. Complete HRW Press Release here. The Yogyakarta Principles are online here: yogyakartaprinciples.org.

March 4, 2007--Transgender Rights, edited by Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Price Minter is a finalist in the 2007 Lambda Literary Awards.

March 2, 2007--United Kingdom--New Research Report released, "Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People’s Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination."  Authored by Stephen Whittle, Lewis Turner and Maryam Al-Alami, this 95 page report was commissioned by the UK Government's Equalities Review. As a consequence of the report's findings, the UK Government has announced that transgender will be a protected category (along with sex & gender; race & ethnicity; physical or mental disability; religion & faith; age; and sexual orientation) for the new Equalities and Human Rights Commission that starts work in October 2007. Report is online in PDF here here.

January 23, 2007--San Francisco, CA--Transgender Law Center seeks an Executive Director. The Transgender Law Center (TLC), founded in 2002, is a multi-disciplinary social justice organization working to ensure that all Californians are able to fully and freely express our gender identities. Job announcement here.

December 14, 2006--Trenton, NJ--New Jersey Legislature passes bill that adds civil rights protections for transgender people. Story here.

December 5, 2006--New York, NY--The New York City Board of Health voted today to reject, in part, a proposal to update New York City’s policy permitting transgender people born in New York City to change the gender on their birth certificates to bring the policy – which has not been updated since 1971 – into line with contemporary medical knowledge and practice. While the Board did vote to allow new birth certificates to be issued with a transgender person’s new gender marked on them, they rejected a common sense medical recommendation to better recognize a person’s transition from one gender to another. Complete press release here.

November 2006--New York, NY--New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering a rule change that would allow transgender people born in NYC to have their birth certificates amended. For more information, visit the FAQ on the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's site here.  The information about the hearing, and the proposed policy, is here. To talk to a TLPI Board member and one of the trans health / policy experts on the Department of Health Advisory Committee that developed the recommendations, email us at pressinquiry@transgenderlaw.org.

October 27, 2006--Washington, DC--Lawmakers to introduce trans-inclusive ENDA in ’07 (Gay)
Frank to help draft new language; Kennedy mum on support for bill. Full Washington Blade story here.

October 2006--Washington, DC--The upcoming General Election on November 7th is poised to tip the balance of LGBT-supportive policymakers in office. To increase the number of LGBT-supportive policymakers, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) released a new Voter Guide today to educate and empower transgender voters about their rights to access the polls. Trans people may find voting to be an intimidating process for many reasons. Guide online in PDF at www.nctequality.org

October 2006--New York, NY--New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering a rule change that would allow transgender people born in NYC to have their birth certificates amended. For more information, vist the FAQ on the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's site here.  The information about the hearing, and the proposed policy, is here.

September, 2006--San Francisco, CA--The nation's first bill to address use of panic strategies, the Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act (AB 1160), was signed into law today by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Authored by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber and Sponsored by Equality California, the bill puts California firmly on record as opposing a defendant's use of societal bias against their victim in order to decrease their own culpability for a crime. For more information, visit the Transgender Law Center here.

September 21, 2006--West Chester, PA--West Chester is the newest community in Pennsylvania to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in housing, employment, and public accommodations. 365gay.com story here.

August 19, 2006--Boston, MA. Transgendered inmates push for state-funded sex-change surgery...."People often have a knee-jerk reaction that public money shouldn't be spent on this," said Shannon Minter, a board member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute. "If people are not treated, they suffer tremendously," said Minter. "It's just as cruel to withhold treatment for gender identity disorder as it is to withhold treatment for any other medical issue." USA today story here.

July 13, 2006. Male Scientist Writes of Life as Female Scientist Biologist Who Underwent Sex Change Describes Biases Against Women.  Washington Post story online here.

July 6, 2006--San Francisco, CA--TG job, health efforts get funding. "Hoping to improve the possibilities of the transgender community, the budget committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Thursday, June 29, approved $300,000 in the 2006 budget toward the "Comprehensive Transgender Employment Initiative," an effort geared toward transgender economic empowerment. The unanimous vote –championed by Supervisors Bevan Dufty and the Transgender Law Center's Chris Daly – effectively earmarked $200,000 in general funds to increase opportunities for transgender employees and entrepreneurs through employment and mentorship programs." Full story here.

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International

March 26, 2007--Geneva--‘Yogyakarta Principles’ a Milestone for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights; Experts Set Out Global Standards for Sexual Rights and Gender Equality. A groundbreaking set of principles on sexual orientation, gender identity, and international law is a landmark advance in the struggle for basic human rights as well as gender equality, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership said today. The document, known as the Yogyakarta Principles after the city where it was adopted, was launched today in Geneva by a group of 29 international human rights experts. Complete HRW Press Release here. The Yogyakarta Principles are online here: yogyakartaprinciples.org.

November 15, 2005--Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--Malaysia Voids Transsexual's Marriage. The Malaysian government has refused to recognize a marriage between a man and his transsexual spouse - believed to be the first such union in this mostly Muslim country. More from 365gay.com here.

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Legislation and policy

March 2, 2007--United Kingdom--New Research Report released, "Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People’s Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination."  Authored by Stephen Whittle, Lewis Turner and Maryam Al-Alami, this 95 page report was commissioned by the UK Government's Equalities Review. As a consequence of the report's findings, the UK Government has announced that transgender will be a protected category (along with sex & gender; race & ethnicity; physical or mental disability; religion & faith; age; and sexual orientation) for the new Equalities and Human Rights Commission that starts work in October 2007. Report is online in PDF here here.

December 14, 2006--Trenton, NJ--New Jersey Legislature passes bill that adds civil rights protections for transgender people. Story here.

December 5, 2006--New York, NY--The New York City Board of Health voted today to reject, in part, a proposal to update New York City’s policy permitting transgender people born in New York City to change the gender on their birth certificates to bring the policy – which has not been updated since 1971 – into line with contemporary medical knowledge and practice. While the Board did vote to allow new birth certificates to be issued with a transgender person’s new gender marked on them, they rejected a common sense medical recommendation to better recognize a person’s transition from one gender to another. Complete press release here.

November 2006--New York, NY--New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering a rule change that would allow transgender people born in NYC to have their birth certificates amended. For more information, visit the FAQ on the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's site here.  The information about the hearing, and the proposed policy, is here. To talk to a TLPI Board member and one of the trans health / policy experts on the Department of Health Advisory Committee that developed the recommendations, email us at pressinquiry@transgenderlaw.org.

October 27, 2006--Washington, DC--Lawmakers to introduce trans-inclusive ENDA in ’07 (Gay)
Frank to help draft new language; Kennedy mum on support for bill. Full Washington Blade story here.

October 2006--Washington, DC--The upcoming General Election on November 7th is poised to tip the balance of LGBT-supportive policymakers in office. To increase the number of LGBT-supportive policymakers, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) released a new Voter Guide today to educate and empower transgender voters about their rights to access the polls. Trans people may find voting to be an intimidating process for many reasons. Guide online in PDF at www.nctequality.org

September, 2006--San Francisco, CA--The nation's first bill to address use of panic strategies, the Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act (AB 1160), was signed into law today by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Authored by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber and Sponsored by Equality California, the bill puts California firmly on record as opposing a defendant's use of societal bias against their victim in order to decrease their own culpability for a crime. For more information, visit the Transgender Law Center here.

September 21, 2006--West Chester, PA--West Chester is the newest community in Pennsylvania to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in housing, employment, and public accommodations. 365gay.com story here.

April 19, 2006--Bloomington, IN--Bloomington Second Indiana City to Provide Gender Identity Protections. Bloomington has become the second Indiana city to provide civil-rights protections based on gender identity. This
change means that Bloomington city code will treat "gender identity" as a category protected against discrimination, just like race, religion, disability, sex and sexual orientation. The Bloomington City Council vote was preceded by two years of broad community advocacy. The April 19, 2006 vote by the Bloomington City Council provides for voluntary mediation to address complaints of gender-identity discrimination. The ordinance also allows the Bloomington Human Rights Commission (BHRC) to pursue gender-identity complaints selectively as sex-discrimination complaints, with the power to  enforce compliance.

March 2, 2006--US Postal Service issues new policy prohibiting harassment, disparate treatment based in gender identitication, gender stereoptyping. Policy is online here in PDF (go to page 56).

February 8, 2006--New York, NY--NYC's Department of Homeless Services Issues a Trans-Affirmative Housing Policy. Gender Identity Will Determine Shelter Placement for Transgender New Yorkers.  The New York City Department of Homeless Services ended discriminatory practices toward transgender clients at its homeless shelters with the release of a new policy. Advocates from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (the Center), Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ), the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), and the Transgeneder Law and Policy Instituteworked to adopt this change, which guides intake, assessment, and shelter staff to ensure that gender identity is taken into consideration when making intake assignments. See GLBT Center Press Release here. See the actual policy in PDF here.

January 31, 2006--Washington State--Governor Gregoire signed a bill that explicitly prohibits acts of prejudice against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.  Washington becomes the eighth state to include gender identity in its non-discrimination law, and the seventeenth to include sexual orientation. The right wing is already planning a ballot initiative to repeal it. See story here. See bill 2661 as enacted here.

December 22, 2005--Northampton, MA--Northampton passes transgender inclusive non-discrimation ordinance.  See the Bay Windows story here.

December 19, 2005--Indianapolis, IN--The city of Indianpolis, together with Marion County, just passed a law adding sexual orientation and gender identity to their non-discrimination laws.  The bill is here.  FOr more information, visit the home page of Indiana Equality.

October 19, 2005--New York, NY--In September 2005, the NYC Department of Education revised its Discipline Code to state that students can be disciplined for using slurs, taunting, bullying, and engaging in physical violence based on a person’s gender identity or expression. Policy here (PDF).

October 11, 2005--Dearborn Heights, MI--City Council passes transgender inclusive human rights law.

September 30, 2005--Sacramento, CA--On Thursday, September 29th, 2005 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed bills into law that increased legal protections for the LGBT community. See National Center for Transgender Equality Press release here in PDF.

September 30, 2005--Washington DC--Senate Hate Crimes Bill Won't Include Trans: The passage of a trans-inclusive hate crimes bill shows that there has been progress in educating lawmakers on gender identity issues, advocates said, but achieving protections against discrimination in employment and other key areas will require much more work. See Washington Blade story here.  See alslo earlier story, September 14, 2005--Washington, DC--US House passes trans inclusive Hate Crimes law.  Planet Out story here.

September 22, 2005--Amnesty International USA debuts its in-depth report, Stonewalled: Police Abuse and Misconduct Against LGBT people in the US.  Click here to read the report and summaries.

September, 9, 2005--National Center for Transgender Equality Releases, Guidelines for Evacuation Shelters: Making Shelters Safe for Transgender Evacuees aims to assist shelters in serving transgender evacuees.  Here in PDF.

March 31, 2004--Maine becomes the 16th state to protect LGB people from discrimination and the 6th state to protect transgender people with clear legislative language. The law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations, and educational opportunities based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

March 28, 2005--Transgender at Work is happy to announce the availability of a new research material available on their web site -- measuring the frequency and cost of Transgender Health Benefits (THBs.)  For more information, visit http://www.tgender.net/

March 25, 2005--ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Central Washington University has became the third university in the state and one of 25 nationwide to bar discrimination against openly gay, bisexual and transsexual staff and students.  AP story here.

March 24, 2005--Maryland House Passes Gay Hate Crimes Act.  More here.

February 14, 2005--Madison, WI--“Gender Identity or Expression” Added to Non-Discrimination Policy. The University of Wisconsin (UW) Board of Regents added “gender identity or expression” to the list of protected categories in policy documents regarding non-discrimination at their February 10 - 11 meeting. Press release here.

February 10, 2005--Ann Arbor, MI--U of M Union fights for trans rights; Non-discrimination clause, health care among the issues in contract negotiations. Story here.

February 10, 2005--Washington, DC--URGENT DRIVER'S LICENSE ALERT from the National Center for Transgender Equality:  The House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 418, the REAL ID Act.Immediately Call and Ask Your Representatives to vote AGAINST the REAL ID Act (H.R. 418). This bill establishes requirements for state IDs that all states must abide by and mandates categories that must be present on state IDs.  Gender is one of those mandated categories.  Although no rules would be established regarding the process of changing gender markers, any national regulations regarding state IDs are dangerous for civil rights.  The REAL ID Act would infringe upon civil liberties in a number of other ways, including preventing states from issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, and limiting the groups of lawful immigrants who can obtain licenses.  Many Representatives have spoken in opposition to his bill.  The full House will vote on the bill is expected to take place TODAY, February 10th. Please call your House members immediately and ask them to vote AGAINST the REAL ID Act (H.R. 418).  The House of Representatives Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. They can connect you to your Representative based on your zip code.  You can also find out the name of your Representative by going to www.nctequality.org/Visit_Legislators.asp.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Center for Transgender Equality will hold its first Washington Lobby Day March 13 with a day-long training session on lobbying techniques and the major federal policy issues currently impacting transgender people taking place the day before.  For more information, click here.

January 31, 2005--Ann Arbor, MI--The Graduate Employees Organization at the University of Michigan pushes contract extension; one demand is to protect transgender members of the union.  Story here.

January 13, 2005--New York, NY--New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., on behalf of the City’s Pension Funds, has launched an effort urging 15 Fortune 500 companies to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation. Thompson asked three additional companies to implement policies that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. Here.

January 11, 2004--Chicago, IL- VICTORY.   From The Advocate:  Illinois house, senate pass gay rights bill.  The Illinois house on Tuesday passed a bill banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and sent it to Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who has said he supports the measure. If the Democratic governor signs it, Illinois will join 13 other states that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and [and the four that also prohibit discrimination on the basis of] gender identity. The TLPI congratulates Miranda Stevens-Miller and all the IL activists who worked for years on this effort. Story here.

January 7, 2004--MD--Gay representative says trans Inclusion dooms Maryland hate crime bill. Here.

December 22, 2004--New York, NY--Two and half years after the NYC Human Rights Law was amended to include gender identity and expression, the Human Rights Commission finally releases "Compliance Guidelines Regarding Gender Identity Discrimination." Available here in PDF.  Gay City News story about the guidelines here. But San Francisco's compliance guidelines are much more clearly written and should be used as the model for others. They are online here.

December 15, 2004--GLAD wins tax deduction for sex reassignment surgery. Press release here. The Christian right wing is not supportive of this change, see a story here. If you can run video clips on your computer, click here to see Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equalilty debate Andrea Sheldon Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition on Fox News regarding the IRS decision.

September 14, 2004--Kings County, WA--"Gender identity" divides King County Council.Metropolitan King County Council members yesterday delayed for two weeks a vote on County Executive Ron Sims' proposal to protect transsexuals and transvestites from discrimination. Here.

August, 2004--Indiana--Gov. Kernan Protects Transgender State Employees. In an exciting summer of progress for the transgender community, Indiana Governor Joseph E. Kernan (D) has become the first Indiana governor to take the bold and long-awaited step to protect Hoosiers who work in state government from discrimination based on gender identity. Here.

September 3, 2004--Seattle, WA--The School Board decided Wednesday to add "gender identity" to the list of personal characteristics protected against defamation and discrimination in educational opportunity or employment in the schools, for students and staff members. Here.

September 2, 2004--New York, NY--Turning HRC’s Promise Into Action. "A resolution adopted earlier this month by the board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) represents an enormous step forward for the transgender community. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community’s leading voice in Washington is now clearly on the record saying that transgender inclusion in federal anti-discrimination legislation is essential, not optional." Gay City News Op-ed by Donna Cartwright here.

August 23, 2004-Washington, DC--Coalition Creates U.S. Transgender Health Priorities Primer: Comprehensive Document Begins to Address Thirteen Health Disparities Among Population.  The National Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, in an effort to address health disparities among the transgender population, has compiled "An Overview of U.S. Trans Health Priorities."  Priorities here in PDF. Advocate story here. See the coalition page here.

August 19, 2004--Washington, DC--Trans Mission.  NTCE leader Mara Keisling believes the time has come for transgenders to be fully included in the politics of being GLBT.  Interview here in Metro Weekly.

August 2004, Washington, DC--The Transgender Law & Policy Institute Applauds HRC Board for Trans-inclusive Stance on Federal Legislation: full TLPI press release here; see stories in Gay City News and the Washington Blade; op-ed by HRC head Cheryl Jacques here. Letter to the editor says Barney Frank's transphobia hurts entire community in Bay Window's here.

This development has not pleased the gay right: see the editorial from the editor of the Washington Blade, "ENDA gets trans-jacked," here (letters in response here; and "HRC and the End of ENDA" in the Texas Triangle here.

Gay City News Op-ed by Donna Cartwright here.

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Activists outside of the Human Rights Campaign, August 7, 2004

August 2004, MA--New report by Dr. Jillian Todd Weiss, "The Cutting Edge of Employment Diversity: Transgender Human Resources Policies in U.S. Employers"

August, 2004--Washington, DC--US Government Announces Policy on Transsexual Applicants. In an interoffice memorandum, William R. Yates, Associate Director for Operations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that in its adjudication of spousal and fiancé petitions, the agency would not recognize a marriage or intended marriage where either party claims to be a transsexual. Full story here.

July 15, 2004--New York, NY--More on the Democratic platform and trans issues: Ousted from Democracy; In April, I led a team of trans and trans-supportive activists in a   meeting that included the GLBT Outreach team leaders of both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Kerry campaign. Here.

July 15, 2004--Pennsylvania--Nondiscrimination policy all talk, no action, some say; LGBT activists question whether gender identity clause will yield changes in housing, bathrooms. Here.

July 8, 2004--Miami Beach, FL--Gay friendly resort city voted unanimously Wednesday to include transgender people in its anti-discrimination ordinance. Here.

June 21, 2004--Detroit, MI--Transgendered Workers Gain Protection. Good overview oped by Deb Price. Here.

June 17, 2004--Austin, TX--Victory for Austin's Transgendered Community! Austin City Council Takes "First Step" Toward Equality.   Here.

June 16, 2004--Washington, DC--Senate Adds Sexual Orientation, Gender to 'Hate Crimes' Law. Here.

June 15, 2004--Allentown, PA--City gender law thrown out; Lehigh County judge says Allentown's gay-rights ordinance violated a state statute in giving businesses more duties. Ruling affects only the city. Here.

June 10, 2004--Austin, TX--Victory for Austin's Transgendered Community! Austin City Council Takes "First Step" Toward Equality.  From Transgender Advocates of Central Texas: Today, Austin became the third city in Texas and the 71st municipality in the country to add gender identity as a protected class to its human rights ordinance. Austin's City council voted unanimously to amend the Austin City Human Rights Ordinance to include gender identity as a protected class in employment, housing,   and public accommodation.

June 8, 2004--London, UK--The Gender Recognition Bill has now passed all its parliamentary stages, and awaits Royal Assent.  A Hansard record of this is available at
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld199900/ldhansrd/pdvn/home.htm.  

June 3, 2004--Newark, CA--n a spirit of inclusiveness and making people feel that they belong in the community, the City Council has unanimously passed an anti-discrimination ordinance athat includes transgender people. Here.

May 28, 2004--New York, NY--Trans protection compromised? Two years after law was passed, commission still has no guidelines. Here.

May 13, 2004--Exclusionary tactics, by Gwendolyn Ann Smith. I recently had the pleasure to walk up Rhode Island Avenue in Washington, D.C., and stand in front of a large, glass-fronted building. In my hand was a sign which said, simply, “Ten Years of Exclusion.” The building were were standing on front of had a large, burnished aluminum sign near the top — in the shape of an “equals” sign....Here.

April 16, 2004--Houston, TX--Transgender activists to make their voices heard; Houston woman will lead transgender activists when they lobby Congress. Here.

April 16, 2004--Annapolis, MD--Lawmaker sabotages hate crimes bill [that had already been stripped of language that would have included transgender people]. Here.

April 7, 2004--Michigan--ACLU pushes for transgender rights. Here.

April 2, 2004--Annapolis, MD--Gender identity dropped from hate crimes measure, angering activists. Here.

April 1, 2004--Huntington Beach, CA--Board members stand firm on transgender discrimination policy. Here.

March 26, 2004--Arizona--Arizona State University has revised its nondiscrimination policy to include "gender identity," making it the fourth public university to extend such protections to transgender students and employees. Story here.  Policy here.

February 18, 2004--Ithaca, NY--Tompkins County adds gender identity to its non-discrimination law. Here.

January 2, 2004--Vancouver, BC--Court Rules Rape Center Did Not Discriminate In Refusing TG Volunteer.  Here.   Decision here.

December 20, 2003--Oakland, CA--Oakland protects transgender people: Transgender people will be protected from discrimination under an ordinance adopted unanimously by the Oakland City Council on Tuesday night. Here. 

December 19, 2003--Rochester, NY--School policy shields transgendered. Story here.

November 28, 2003--London, UK--The Gender Recognition Bill received its first reading in the House of Lords yesterday and is published today. The purpose of the Bill is to give transsexual people legal recognition in their acquired gender ensuring that, for the first time, transsexual people are afforded all the rights and responsibilities appropriate to that gender.  See Prime Minister's press release here. Department for Constitutional Affairs press release here.  See news story here.

November 28, 2003--Washington, DC--Trans woman reports sexual assault in D.C. male cellblock. Incident prompts police to consider changing record system. Here.

November 25, 2003--Washington, DC--U.S. senators introduce gay marriage ban; Three Republican U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. Here.

November 24, 2003--Rochester, NY--Transgender Teens Seek Dignity: The Rochester City School District is working on a proposal that would protect gay, bisexual, and transgender students called the "Dignity For All Students Act.”  Here.

November 24, 2003--London, UK--Queen's Speech will give go-ahead to sex-change weddings and
adoptions. Here.

October 23, 2003--Lake Oswego, OR--Lake Oswego extends rights for sexual minority [including transgender] groups. Here.

October 15, 2003--Oakland, CA--Panel approves transgender proposal; Bill expands sexual orientation aspect of anti-discrimination law. On HRC Worknet here.

September 24, 2003--Jamison Green's Planet Out Column: Who Loves Ya, Baby? The marriage between G, L, B and T interests has not always been a happy one, but trans activists have been working very hard for over a decade now to ensure that relations between our camps are constructive and mutually supportive. So I was quite surprised and dismayed to see Riki Ann Wilchins' opinion piece in the September 2 issue of The Advocate magazine. Here.

September 11, 2003--South Africa--Transsexuals Fight for Right to Change Sexual Identities. Story here. Another story here.

September 5, 2003--New York, NY--Gender at its Core: Freedom of expression and the debate over identity politics. Op-ed by Pauline Park. Here.

August 18, 2003--Portland, OR--IN MY OPINION.  Last week, after waiting to greet Sen. Hillary Clinton with my family, I found myself described in The Oregonian as: "actually a man in a dress." It was cruelly dismissive.   Guest editorial by Lori Buckwalter here.

August 3, 2003--San Francisco, CA--TLPI news release: CALIFORNIA BECOMES FOURTH STATE TO ENACT ANTI-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE; California Governor Signs Historic Anti-Discrimination Bill:   Yesterday California became the fourth state to ban discrimination against transgender people when California Governor Gray Davis signed AB 196, a bill amending the California Fair Employment and Housing Act to specifically include transgender employees and tenants.     Release here.  AP wire story here.

July 29, 2003--San Diego, CA--City council includes gender identity in non-discrimination law.

July 29, 2003--Pennsylvania joined a small group of states yesterday that guards transgendered people from employment discrimination in state government.   Story here. Text here in pdf.

July 25, 2003--Sacramento, CA--CA Senate passes bill outlawing bias against transgendered residents.  In a sign of growing tolerance for transsexuals, the California Senate agreed Thursday to ban housing and job discrimination against residents whose "perceived gender characteristics are different from those traditionally associated with the individual's sex at birth."  The bill has been sent to the Governor for his signature.  Story here.

July 17, 2003--San Diego, CA--City Council approves transgender protections in preliminary vote;
Human Dignity Ordinance amendment to become law after second vote on July 28. Story here.

July 8, 2003--Ithaca, NY--City amends human rights law to add a transgender-inclusive definition of gender.

July 6, 2003--United Kingdom--Transsexuals win right to marry; Britain's 5,000 transsexuals who have gone through a full medical sex change are to be given the legal right to marry and have the gender changed on their birth certificate. Guardian story here.

June 28, 2003--Washington, DC--Trans rights leader Mara Keisling urges gay support against ‘same enemies’; New leader for a new Washington lobby group.   See Washington Blade story here.  

June 26, 2003--Albany, NY--New York safe school bill dies over disagreement over gender expression. See story here.

NEW UNIFIED EFFORTS FOR FEDERAL TRANSGENDER RIGHTS LEGISLATION

June 17, 2003--Transgender Leaders Laud Unified Voice of GLBT Community in Federal Legislative Efforts. The National Center for Transgender Equality and the Transgender Law & Policy Institute hosted a conference call on Tuesday, June 17 for GLBT media to discuss recent efforts to include transgender people in federal non-discrimination legislation.  See remarks and list of participants here in pdf format.  Here in HTML format. 

News coverage: Advocates to Develop ENDA Alternative (New York City Gay City News); A new approach on ENDA HRC joins other groups in insisting that transgenders be included in fair-employment legislation (Dallas Voice). New "Unified" Bill to Replace ENDA (MetroG); Texas--Human Rights Campaign and Trans Community Unite On New Federal Bill (Texas Triangle);

Op-eds: ENDA and the Trans Community, an op-ed by Elizabeth Birch, ED of the Human Rights Campaign; Partial Equality?, an op-ed by Lisa Mottet, Legislative Lawyer for the Transgender Civil Rights Project at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

June 19, 2003--Ann Arbor, MI--A bill was introduced into the state House on Tuesday, which would add gender identity and sexual orientation clauses to a long-standing anti-discrimination law - but lobbyists and legislators aren't optimistic about the bill's chances. See story here.

June 13, 2003--New York, NY--Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act Unlikely To Be Broadened; Congressional sponsors see transgender protections as politically costly. See Gay City News story.

June 13, 2003--Columbus, OH--Ohio needs GLBT equality bill, sponsor tells committee.  The first bill ever introduced in the Ohio legislature to extend civil rights to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders got its first hearing on June 3. Gay People's Chronicle story here.

June 9, 2003--Indianapolis, IN-- A broad based coalition of LGBT activists from across Indiana has formed to persuade the legislature to amend the state’s civil rights law to include sexual orientation and gender identity.  See the press packet from Indiana Equality here. Other stories: See good story in Indiana University paper.  See Indiana Star story here.  365gay.com story here.

June 6, 2003--Albuquerque, NM--GOP petition aims to halt gay [and trans] rights bill.  Republican activists are now circulating a petition statewide to force a referendum on a gay-rights bill that passed this year's legislature. Story here.

May 29, 2003--South Africa--"Sex changes" to be legally recognized. Here.

May 16, 2003--Columbus, OH--Senate Bill 77 may be amended to include gender identity. See story here.

May 8, 2003--Washington, DC--Pride at Work passes a transgender inclusion resolution pledging to only endorse legislation that explicitly includes transgender people. See resolution in pdf here.  

May 8, 2003--Oregon--SB 786 considers gender identity: A state senate bill introduced in March would outlaw sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination if approved. See Oregon Daily Emerald story here.

May 5, 2003--Albuquerque, NM--Bid launched to repeal NM Gay and Trans Law. See 365gay.com story here.

May 1, 2003--Orange County, CA--NGLTF'S Matt Foreman Exploring Transgender Issues. See the Orange County & Long Beach Blade story here.

April 30, 2003--Raleigh, NC--Bill expanding coverage of equal opportunity rights fails:  One vote blocked the passage of a bill that would extend equal opportunity rights to gay, lesbian and transgender North Carolina state employees. Story here.

April 30, 2003--Philadelphia, PA--Invoking U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's name as a symbol of the repressive attitudes they say they are fighting, gay [and transgender] rights advocates yesterday called on Pennsylvania lawmakers to outlaw certain types of discrimination against homosexuals and transgender people. See Post-Gazette story here.

April 30, 2003--Covington, KY--Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people win expanded rights coverage.  See Cincinnati Enquirer story here. See PlanetOut story here.

April 30, 2003--Buffalo, NY--Buffalo News editorial:  Asking for fairness: Legislation to protect transgender individuals should be supported in NY Legislature.  Here.

April 22, 2003--Peoria, IL--City Council votes to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

April 21, 2003--Sacramento, CA--California Assembly Passes Gender Nondiscrimination Bill: The California State Assembly Monday passed legislation to prohibit discrimination based on gender stereotyping in housing and employment. See 365gay.com story here.  See Sacramento Bee story here. SF Gate story here.

April 19, 2003--Peoria, IL--Council split on LGBT rights clause.  Peoria leaders will vote Tuesday on proposed addition. See story here.

April 17, 2003--Covington, KY--A proposal to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation is unnecessary and would "normalize'' homosexual behavior, the Citizens for Community Values organization claims in a letter sent Tuesday to 20,000 Covington households. See Cincinatti Enquirer story here.

April 16, 2003--Tampa, FL--Monroe County Enacts Protections for Transgender People.  Civil rights activists across the state are applauding the Monroe County Commission’s unanimous decision to amend its local nondiscrimination law to include transgender people. See press release here.

April 14, 2003--Florida Safe Schools Law Blocked Senator Cites Necrophilia Concerns. Story.

April 13, 2003--New York, NY--New York Legislators Introduce Transgender Non-discrimination Legislation; Law desperately needed, say advocates.  See TLPI release See Gay City News story here.

April 12, 2003--Olympia, WA--Push on in state senate for anti-discrimination bill: It took one gay senator to die of AIDS and another gay representative to gain clout and power before the state House passed a measure making discrimination against gay and lesbian [and transgender] people illegal. See Seattle Post-Intelligencer story here.

April 12, 2003-Erie County, PA--Abolishing Gay [and Trans] Rights By Making Law Unenforceable. County Executive Rick Schenker, a longtime foe of gay rights protections, has a plan to emasculate an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexuality. See 365gay.com story here.

April 9, 2003--Santa Fe, New Mexico--New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signs transgender-inclusive non-discimination law and hate crimes law. See 365gay.com story.  See Seattle Gay News story here.

April 9, 2003--El Paso, TX--City amends ordinance on discrimination: The City Council expanded its anti-discrimination ordinance Tuesday, unanimously voting to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  See El Paso Time story here.

April 4, 2003--Columbus, OH--For the first time ever, a bill to protect gay, lesbian,bisexual and transgender Ohioans from discrimination has been introduced in the Ohio Statehouse. See story here.

April 4, 2003--New York, NY--New York Gender Rights Bill Emerges: Democratic leaders, transgender activists finalize details of proposal.  See GCN story.

April 2, 2003--Honolulu, Hawai'i-- With a vote of 39-8, the Hawai`i House of Representatives sent Senate Bill 616, which adds "gender identity or expression" to the state's hate crimes law, to the Governor. The bill sailed through the Hawaiian legislature this session with a series of lopsided votes.  Read read of NGLTF press release here.

March 28, 2003--Denver, CO--AP Story: Bill Lets Doctors, Nurses Refuse To Treat Homosexuals. Read story here.

March 25, 2003--Austin, TX--Representative Jessica Farrar laid out House Bill 574 to the House Committee on Business and Industry.   This bill, the first pro GLBT bill to be heard during the 78th session of the Texas Legislaturek would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in Texas.

March 25, 2003--Broward County, Florida--Gender identity may be added to protections.  Read Sun-Sentinel story here.

March 25, 2003--Transgenders seek equality in eyes of law.  Read Orlando Sentinel Story here.

March 22, 2003--Santa Fe, New Mexico--The New Mexico State Legislature late Friday approved a bill to prohibit discrimination in the workplace against people based on sexual orientation or gender identification.  The measure now goes to Gov. Bill Richardson, who has said he would sign such a measure. See NGLTF press release here off site. 

March 21, 2003--Santa Fe, New Mexico--The New Mexico Hate Crimes Bill passed the New Mexico House of Representatives today, and Gov. Bill Richardson has pledged to sign the legislation.  See NGLTF press release here off site. 

March 19, 2003--Sacramento, CA--Gender Non-discrimination bill passes key Assembly committee. Read CAPE release here

March 19, 2003--Monroe County, Florida, is preparing to broaden its anti-discriminatory laws to include gender identity and expression.  See story here.

March 18, 2003--Seattle, WA--Seattle Times: Gay [and Trans] Rights Bills Passes House, Faces Tough Battle in the Senate.  Read story here.

March 7, 2003--Seattle, WA--Seattle Gay News: Transgender-Inclusive GLBT Civil Rights Bill moves one step forward

March 6, 2003--Lansing, Michigan--Transgender group to hold civil rights march for non-discrimination bills.

March 4, 2003--Santa Fe, NM--New Mexico legislators pass anti-discrimination gay and transgender rights bill

February 27, 2003-- Following a sometimes-emotional four-and-a-half-hour debate, the New Mexico state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill prohibiting discrimination against gays and transgender people.  Read on

January 8, 2003--Key West, FL, Enacts Protections for Transgender People.  See Equality Florida Press Release.

January 8, 2003--Springfield, IL, includes transgender people in its non-discrimination law.

December 22, 2002--AP Wire Story--Transgender Activists Encouraged by Political Victories

December 3, 2002--Housing Works Statement on Transgender Rights and the New York State Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA): "Gay Rights Bill Leaves Out Transgender New Yorkers; Senate Majority Leader Bruno Must Agree to Amend SONDA To Include Gender Expression."  Click here to view off-site.

November 27, 2002--Pennsylvania Passes Trans Inclusive Hate Crimes Legislation.  "After years of hard work and coalition building, the hate crimes bill (HB1494) was passed late this evening in the State House of Representatives by a vote of 118-79. It passed the Senate in June 2001 and Governor Schweicker has told us he will sign it into law very shortly. Pennsylvania is now the fifth state in the country (CA, MO, MN, VT plus DC) to have hate crimes laws that includes gender identity and the 28th to have sexual orientation. This is the first time a statewide law has passed in Pennsylvania that protects Transgender people."

November 27, 2002--San Jose Mercury News, "City council Members Unanimously Approve Anti-bias Protections for Transgender People."   Prompted by the recent slaying of a transgender teen in Newark, the San Jose City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to add transgender people to the list of groups protected under the city's anti-discrimination policy.

November 27, 2002--NY Gay Rights Bill In Trouble [Because Transgender People Have Been Left Out of the Bill]
by 365Gay.com. "Legislation to give New York gays and lesbians civil rights protections may not be passed this session after all. The Senate is to be recalled December 17 to consider the bill, a concession made by Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno in order to get a coveted endorsement for Gov. Pataki in the November election.    The bill would protect gays and lesbians in the areas of employment, education, housing and public accommodations. But, opposition from transgendered groups may force the bill to be rewritten"  Click here for entire story.

November 25, 2002--Baltimore City Council Passes Transgender Anti-Discrimination Protections. See Maryland Free State Justice site for the press release.  Click here for the actual ordinance in pdf format.

November 19, 2002--Cook County, Illinois, Board Okays Gender Identity Amendment.  See Illinois Gender Advocates Home page for more information. Click here for the ordinance text in pdf format.

November 13, 2002--Facing a possible mayoral veto, the Eugene City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday to remove portions dealing with gender identity from proposed changes to the city's human rights code. See Oregon Daily Emerald Story.

November 1, 2002--Chicago anti-bias code to add transgender.  See Chicago Tribune StorySee Illinois Gender Advocates Home Page.  Click here for the ordinance text in pdf format.

October 23, 2002--Boston City Council Passes Transgender Rights Ordinance, Mayor Expected to Sign. See the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition press release.  Text of ordinance here (off site pdf)

September 26, 2002:  News Release--Transgender Equality: A few steps forward, one step back.  2002 has been a banner year for transgender equality...Read on.

August 06, 2002FOXNews.com--"Transgender Law Making Strides:" Transgender rights law – that is protecting the rights of people whose identity does not match the genitalia they were born with – has exploded in the field and in the political arena, becoming a new wave of civil rights in this country, according to experts...Read the whole story on off site link.

June 15, 2002--Only the Passage of a Transgender-Inclusive SONDA will Protect Transgender and Gender Variant People from Discrimination, TLPI Press Release.

April 24, 2002- New York City Council Votes to Include Transgender People in its Human Rights Law, TLPI Press Release.  Text of the law as passed.

May 1, 2002--New York Times editorial: Civil Rights for the Transgendered

April 3rd, 2002--Allentown, PA includes gender identity and sexual orientation in its non-discrimination law.  See story.

February 2002--Erie County Council passed a Human Relations Act which
includes both sexual orientation and gender identity.

November 2001--Denver, Colorado, Huntington Woods, Michigan and Multnomah County, Oregon pass transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws.

September 2001--Suffolk County, New York, passes non-discrimination law that includes transgender people.

July 13, 2001--Rhode Island becomes the second state in the U.S. to protect transgender people from discrimination.

Click here for joint press release from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and RI Alliance for Lesbian Civil Rights. Click here to read the actual law (off site).

July 3, 2001--Another hurdle passed for TG civil rights in California: CA Senate Committee votes in favor of trans rights bill. See SF Chronicle story.

May 16, 2001--Rochester City Council passes transgender-inclusive law banning discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on sexual orientation, and other categories.

October 11, 2000--Transpeople removed from California Disability Law Exclusions. See Minter/Green press release.

October 5, 2000--Hilary Rodham Clinton comes out against including gender identity and expression in ENDA: "Well no one who’s a leader in the gay and lesbian community has asked me to [push for the inclusion of transgender people.]" 

August 29, 2000--New York Times editorial, "Transgender Rights," comes out strongly in favor of the proposal of  a bill to amend the New York City's Human Rights law to include transgender people.  Read the editorial.

June 23, 2000--Second transgender-inclusive amendment introduced in Congress. See NCLR/NGLTF press release.

March 1, 2000--Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) introduced an historic resolution in the US Congress, focusing on international human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identityAmnesty International USA Outfront urges people to write in support of  H. CON. R. 259.  (This is the first time that gender identity has included, in an affirmative sense, in federal legislation.) See Outfront's instructions for writing in support of the bill.

 

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August 19, 2006--Boston, MA. Transgendered inmates push for state-funded sex-change surgery...."People often have a knee-jerk reaction that public money shouldn't be spent on this," said Shannon Minter, a board member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute. "If people are not treated, they suffer tremendously," said Minter. "It's just as cruel to withhold treatment for gender identity disorder as it is to withhold treatment for any other medical issue." USA today story here.

January 25, 2006--Washington, DC--IRS disallows a woman's tax deduction for SRS - citing teachings in a Catholic religious journal as a basis for its decision. See report by Lynn Conway here. See web CPA article here.

October 27, 2005--New York, NY--Transgender plaintiffs charge bias; bar alleges “shakedown." In a lawsuit filed October 19 in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, three plaintiffs, including two transgendered women, charge that on at least three occasions this year, Splash Bar New York, the West 17th Street gay establishment, denied or attempted to deny entry to women on Saturday evenings, which the club promotes as Men’s Night. Read rest of Gay City News story here.

October 21, 2005--From the ACLU Lesbian & Gay Rights and AIDS Projects--This Friday, October 21, ABC's 20/20 will run a story on Diane Schroer at 10:00 PM EDT.  Diane has an amazing story.  A retired Army Special Forces Colonel, Diane accepted a job researching terrorism for the Library of Congress, only to have the offer rescinded when she told her supervisor that she is transgender.   Talking to the American public about gender identity discrimination is a significant challenge.  We hope Diane's story will be a bit of help in changing that.  Diane's long and distinguished record of service in the military over 25 years makes what the Library of Congress did seem particularly unfair, even to people who are usually difficult for us to reach.  That the government chose this moment to toss aside expertise on counterterrorism only makes the situation more absurd.  Nobody makes the case better than Diane herself.  As she put it in a speech this summer, "...for 26 years I went into every godforsaken hell-hole anyone could conceive of, without so much as a whimper--Port Au Prince, Mogadishu, Kinshasa...only to be told I was not good enough to work for the federal government..."  We are hoping Diane and her case against the Library of Congress will advance the national conversation on gender identity.  The print version of the 20/20 segment is online here: More information about her case is available from the ACLU here.

March 30, 2005--New York, NY--New York Appeals Court Dismisses Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit. Story here.

March 25, 2005--Cincinatti, OH--Sixth Circuit upholds officer's TG discrimination award; Court says again: 1964 Civil Rights Act includes transgender and some gay bias. Gay Peoples Chronicle story here. Gay City News story here.

anuary 29, 2005--Cleveland, OH--Cleveland--A transgender man and his partner have filed complaints against a soft drink bottling company for on-the-job harassment that eventually led to both of them being fired. The case is one of the first to use a 2004 court ruling for transgender firefighter Jimmie Lee Smith of Salem that extends the protection of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to transgenders, gays and lesbians if it involves sex-stereotyping. Here.

January 27, 2005--Concord, NH--AP Wire story, Gay Marriage Becomes Transsexual Issues. Here.

December 31, 2004--Allentown, PA--Transgendered guard gets new job rights; she has same duties as other women working at Carbon prison. Here.

December 30. 2004--New York, NY--Argentinean trans woman gains U.S. refuge after years of activism at home. Here.

December 29, 2004--Salem, OH--Transgender Firefigher Settles Suit Out of Court. A federal lawsuit that extended the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect transgender people from sex stereotyping discrimination on the job ended when firefighter Jimmie Lee Smith and the city of Salem settled out of court. Here.

December 24, 2004--Sioux City, IA--Trans woman settles discrimination lawsuit. Here.

December 2, 2004--San Francisco, CA--Man who wed transsexual faces exile: The Filipino husband of an American transgender woman has been pulled off the citizenship track because of his wife's identity and may be deported if he is unable to convince a federal court to step in. Story here.

November 2004--Deakin Law Review focuses on the jurisprudence of transsexualism. Here.

November 29, 2004--Los Angeles--A lawsuit filed against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services alleges the agency discriminated against a Filipino couple when it denied the husband's legal residency because his wife had a sex change operation nearly 24 years ago. AP Wire story here.

November 16, 2004--Leavenworth, KA--Court dismisses charges against transsexual woman prosecuted for "gender fraud." A Leavenworth Superior Court Judge dismissed all charges against Sandy Gast, a transgender woman who was brutally taken from her home, incarcerated, and prosecuted  for the "crime" of living her life as a woman. See TLPI/TLC/NCTE Press release here.

Sept. 15. 2004--Los Angeles, CA--Appeals Court Overturns Deportation Order Of Tortured Transsexual: A preoperative transsexual who fled El Salvador after she was beaten and raped was given a reprieve Tuesday from deportation. Gay.com story here.

August 20, 2004--New Jersey--Federal Appellate court rules a school failed to provide a "free appropriate public education" to a student who suffered homophobic and gender stereotyping harassment. In pdf here.

July 28, 2004--Alabama--Federal appeals court finds ban on the sale of sex toys in Alabama constitutional. Decison here in PDF.

July 23, 2004--Florida--Florida Court of Appeal Invalidates Marriage But Rejects Mother’s Request to Deprive Transgender Father of Parental Rights. The Florida Court of Appeal issued a decision today in a marriage and custody case involving Michael Kantaras, a transsexual man who married a woman in Florida and had two children with her.  When Michael petitioned for divorce, his wife asked the court to invalidate their marriage and to strip Michael of any parental rights, based solely on his transgender status.  After a three week trial in 2002, which was televised on Court TV, the trial court held that Michael is legally male, the marriage was valid, and awarded primary custody to Michael.  The trial court’s decision – which surveyed all of the existing legal and medical literature on transsexualism, and which ultimately exceeded 800 pages in length -- received national attention.  Release is here in PDF or visit the NCLR web page for the joint NCLR/Equality Florida full release.Decision here.

June 16, 2004--Houston, TX--Many stories about a marriage case involving a trans woman.  Houston Chronicle here; Houston webzine here, with background stories at the bottom.  KHOU story here; AP story here. Seems that most of the reporters haven't read the AP Style guide on covering trans people.

June 8, 2004--Des Moines, IA--Fired Transsexual Worker in Iowa Sues. Here.

June 2, 2004--Philadelphia, PA--City settles suit over transsexual's death; The family of entertainer Nizah Morris gets $250,000. Here.

June 1, 2004--Ohio--Sixth Circuit holds that Title VII applies to transgender people, based on their reading of Price Waterhouse, but later amends their decision to narrow its holdings. Read amended version here.  Read the full original decision here in PDF.

May 27, 2004--New York, NY--The lawyer for a Jackson Heights landlord who gave a Latino AIDS clinic the boot after transgendered clients turned up in the womens restrooms argued last week that the group is not a protected minority under state law and its case should be thrown out. Here.

April 23, 2004--VERMONT ATTORNEY GENERAL ISSUES LANDMARK RULING PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST TRANSGENDER EMPLOYEES; Former Hardwick, Vt. Police Officer Settles Claim Against Town After Atty. General Finds Probable Cause He Was Fired Because He Is Transgender. See GLAD press release here.

April 16, 2004--Hayward, CA--Family says transgender teen was not deceitful.  Here.  Also see "Defense calls transgender victim guilty of 'deception and betrayal' " here.

April 7, 2004--Michigan--ACLU pushes for transgender rights. Here.

March 21, 2004--Leavenwork, Kansas--Transsexual faces charge of falsely obtaining marriage license. Here and longer story here.

February 28, 2004--Cincinatti, OH--Transsexual Police Officer Receives Additional Settlement; City Attorney Plans To Appeal Decision. Here.

February 24, 2004--Wyoming--Federal Judge says Wyoming prison violated due process rights of intersexual woman. Here.

February 6, 2004--San Francisco, CA--Transsexual claims city shelter mistreatment. here.

February 2, 2004--Portland, OR--Gym Cancels Membership After Discovering Woman is Transgendered. Here and here.

January 29, 2004--New York, NY--NY Lawyers Won for Transsexuals, But Can They Win a Paycheck? New York Lawyer story here.

January 2, 2004--Vancouver, BC--Court Rules Rape Center Did Not Discriminate In Refusing TG Volunteer.  Here.   Decision here.

December 31, 2003--Trumbull County, Ohio--Decision Made in Transsexual Marriage Case. Here.

December 19, 2003--Rochester, NY--School policy shields transgendered. Story here.

December 5, 2003--Houston, TX--Sex change focus of child custody case. Here.

December 2, 2003--New York, NY--Sylvia Rivera Law Project Wins Transgender Woman's Name Change Case.   Decision here in PDF, SRLP brief here in PDF.  See also Art Leonard's Gay City News story here; NY Lawyer story here and Newsday story here and hostile (of course) NY Post story here.

November 28, 2003--Casper, Wyoming--Douglas hermaphrodite sues Corrections Department. A transgendered woman has sued the state Department of Corrections over her 14-month sentence at the Wyoming Women's Center.  Here.

November 28, 2003--Washington, DC--Trans woman reports sexual assault in D.C. male cellblock. Incident prompts police to consider changing record system. Here.

November 26, 2003--Miami, FL--A Mexican [trans woman] ]seeking asylum who was sexually abused by a guard at the Krome detention center in May 2000 has accepted $95,000 to settle a lawsuit against the federal government.  Here.

November 26, 2003--Concord, NH--Transsexual Prisoner Sues For Treatment; Hormone Therapy Interrupted By Prison Sentence.  Here and here.

November 6, 2003--New York, NY--Sylvia Rivera Law Project Wins Transgender Woman's Name Change Case.   Decision here in PDF, SRLP brief here in PDF.  See also Art Leonard's Gay City News story here and NY Lawyer story here.

November 20, 2003--Wyoming--Girls ejected from dance; ACLU protests.   Here.

October 2003--Tronetti v. TLC Healthnet, a Title VII complaint involving a pre-operative trans person.

November 18, 2003--Massachusetts: In an historic decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that gay and lesbian couples can no longer be excluded from obtaining civil marriages in Massachusetts. The 4-3 ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, filed by New England's Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, is the first of its kind in this country by a final appellate court. For up-to-date information, visit Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders website here.

November 12, 2003--Allentown, PA--Transgendered podiatrist alleges discrimination. Here.

October 27, 2003--New York, NY--BIAS IN THE BATHROOM: CASE FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS. A groundbreaking lawsuit challenges assumptions about gender and demands fair treatment for all. Here.

October 24, 2003--New York, NY--Lavender Law Coverage of Trans Issues from the Washington Blade.   Here.

October 24, 2003--Warren, OH--May this man marry this woman?   Court hears case of couple denied marriage because the groom is transsexual.  Here.

October 16, 2003--Suit Against Transphobic Landlord Moves Forward. 365gay.com story here. ACLU press release here.

September 26, 2003--Augusta, GA--Pre-op trans woman wins name change; Two-year ordeal spiraled `out of control', Augusta judge says. Southern Voice story here.

September 16, 2003--Philadelphia, PA--Mother of Slain Transsexual Sues.   Philadelphia Inquirer story here.  Planet Out story here.

Summer 2003--American Bar Association Human Rights Magazine: Article by Jennifer Levi, Protections for Transgender Employees here.   Article by Taylor Flynn, Protecting Transgender Families: Strategies for Advocates here.

July 2003--Texas Bar Journal--Responsible Representation Of Your First Transgendered Client
By Phyllis Randolph Frye and Katrina C. Rose. 
If a transgendered person has not entered your law office seeking representation, in all likelihood one will soon(1) or, perhaps, one already has and you’ve simply not been aware because the person was closeted(2) and the case didn’t appear to directly deal with transgender law. Many practitioners eventually will face this question: To fairly and ethically represent transgendered clients, what special knowledge is needed? The answer is both simple and complex. One needs the ability to dispense with personal assumptions about transgendered people(3) and professional assumptions about transgender law.  Full article here.

July 24, 2003--Florida--Religious right plans to appeal Kantaras v. Kantaras.  See their story here.

July 18, 2003--Albany, NY--Trans Inmate Entitled to Care; Federal judge nixes prison’s policy of treating only pre-existing gender identity disorder.   See story here.

July, 2003--Hobart, IN--Feds say transsexual's rights were not violated. See story here.

July 5, 2003--College Park, MD--Employee sues over transgender bathroom use.  An employee at an IBM office on Riveredge Parkway filed a civil lawsuit over the company allowing a transgendered employee to use the women’s restrooms. See Southern Voice story .here

July 4, 2003--South Africa: Sacked transsexual sues employer; A transgendered South African woman is suing her employer, South African National Blood Service, for $800,000 after she claims she was ousted after they found out she had started 'surgical proceedings' to change her sex. Story here.

July 4, 2003--United Kingdom. Transsexuals sue pub; Six transsexuals are taking legal action against the landlord of the Red Lion pub in Thorby, Northamptonshire, after they were asked to leave when one member of the party visited the women's toilets. Story here.

June 28, 2003--New York, NY--New York court hears transgender lawsuit.  A New York landlord's claim that he was justified in refusing to let transgendered clients with the Hispanic AIDS Forum use any of his building's rest rooms or common areas should be rejected, the ACLU told a New York court Friday.   Advocate story here.

June 27, 2003--New York, NY--Trans Activists Charge Harassment; Police selectively requiring ID at public bathrooms at Christopher St. riverfront.  Gay City News story here. Sylvia Rivera Law Project here.

June 26, 2003--Washington, DC--Supreme Court strikes down sodomy laws, reverses Bowers v. Hardwick.  Read the National Center for Lesbian Rights extensive press release here. Read CNN story here. Read decision here in PDF.

June 15, 2003--Pennsylvania--State helping inmate change sex. Story here.

June 2003--Trans Realities: A Legal Needs Assessment of San Francisco ’s Transgender Communities. By Shannon Minter of the National Center for Lesbian Rights  and Christopher Daley of the Transgender Law Center.   In pdf here.

June 2003--Some Courtroom Concerns of the Transgender Community, Members of the transgender community have many of the same courtroom concerns that everyone has. We want to be respected; be heard; and be able to understand the legal proceedings and outcomes. We are also concerned about adequate accommodations for non-English speakers, respect of cultural differences, and elimination of racial and economic bias. A joint publication of the Transgender Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.  In pdf here.

June 8, 2003--Lehigh Valley, PA--A transgender woman prison guard has returned to work at Carbon County Prison after a monthlong administrative leave, and she and officials say the return has gone smoothly. Story here.   See also earlier AP story, "Prison guard's transsexual move leads to administrative leave.  A prison guard who was born male but who has been living as a woman and taking female hormones has been placed on administrative leave, but wants to return to work" here.

May 30, 2003--New York, NY--Two transsexuals were wrongfully can-canned from their jobs as go-go dancers at a Chelsea nightclub because the owners wanted to hire "real girls," a judge ruled yesterday.  Story (it's very short) here.

May 27, 2003--Richmond, VA--Transsexual Ruling Reversed: The U.S. appeals court in Richmond today said a Roanoke federal judge should not have dismissed the case of a transsexual state prison inmate seeking to resume estrogen treatments.  Story here.

May 9, 2003--Warren Ohio--The judge who denied a marriage license to a heterosexual couple because one is transgender will not be heard during their appeal. Neither will a Cincinnati anti-gay group that inserted themselves into the case. See Gay People's Chronicle story here.

May 1, 2003--Philadelphia, PA--Maybe this is the ultimate insult for Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.: A panel discussing gay politics at Equality Forum last night barely mentioned him. Instead a homosexual man, a lesbian and a transgender leader described "the inside game" of lobbying the Republican controlled Pennsylvania legislature - successfully - for an inclusive anti-hate crimes law.  Philadephia Daily News story here.  

April 19, 2003--Vancouver, BC--British Columbia Ordered To Pay For TG Surgery: The British Columbia government has been ordered to pay a transgendered man more than $125,000 (Cdn) for sex reassignment surgery. Vancouver Sun story here.

April 10, 2003--Transgender UK Marriage Not Legal: A British transgendered woman has lost the battle to have her 22-year marriage declared legal. See story here.   See Press For Change fact sheet on this case, Bellinger v. Bellinger.

April 9, 2003--Chicago, IL--Judge Denies TG Man Custody Of Son:  A Chicago judge Tuesday ruled a transgender male cannot be granted parental rights because same-sex marriages are illegal in Illinois and therefore the man was never the boy's legitimate father. See 365gay.com story here.

April 9, 2003--San Francisco, CA--Schools must protect gay kids, court rules.  A federal appeals court in San Francisco has issued a historic decision, holding school officials liable for failing to protect students from anti-gay harassment. See 365gay.com story here.   See National Center for Lesbian Rights press release here.   And in another case brought by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, a federal court ruled April 4, 2003 that a lesbian student can sue school district for barring her from gym class. Release here.

March 30, 2003--Spokane, WA-- AP Story: Sex-change recipient claims bias in lawsuit.  Read story here. See 365gay.com story here.

March 14, 2003--Warren, Ohio--Gay People's Chronicle: A Cincinnati anti-gay group has asked a court to allow them to oppose the appeal of a heterosexual couple denied marriage because one is transsexual. Here.

March 13, 2003--Denver, CO--Transsexual Inmate Barred From Sex Treatments.  Read the story, which most definitely did not follow the AP style guide regarding proper pronoun usage, here.

March 7, 2003--New York, NY--Lesbian Hairdresser Bias Suit Nixed, Case highlights complexity of gender conformity, federal law.  See Gay City News Story.

February 26, 2003--Cincinatti, OH.  A federal court jury awarded $320,000 to a transsexual Cincinnati police officer who was demoted from the rank of sergeant in 1999.  The jury held that the City of Cincinnati discriminated against the officer, a 22 year veteran of the force, for failing to conform to male stereotypes while serving as a probationary sergeant in 1999.  The jury also held that the City of Cincinnati intentionally discriminated against Ms. Barnes based on her perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or transsexuality.  See news story.  Also see March 14, 2003 Gay People's Chronice Story on conservative group's request for the right to intervene in a this lawsuit here.

February 21, 2003--Clearwater Florida.  In an 800+ page decision, a Florida Judge ruled in groundbreaking case that Michael Kantaras, a transgender man, is legally male and was legally married to his former wife.  Michael Kantaras was also awarded primary custody of the couple's two children. July 24, 2003--Florida--Religious right plans to appeal Kantaras v. Kantaras.  See their story here.

February 11, 2003--In the Matter of Robert Wright Helig (2003).  Maryland Appellate court remands case back to lower court, finding the lower court had "erred in broadly concluding, as a matter of law, that gender was not subject to modification or adjustment," and instructing the lower court not to dismiss a transsexual women's request for a new birth certificate out of hand, but to consider medical evidence. Download pdf file offsite here.

January 16, 2003--New York, NY.   Hispanic AIDS Forum v. Estate of Joseph Bruno: Judge’s Rulings Favor Latino AIDS Agency in Transgender Discrimination Suit.  See ACLU press release.

January 1, 2003--Doe v. Bell: New York State Court rules that the New York City Administration for Children Services violated the New York State Human Rights Law by prohibting her from wearing skirts and dresses.   See Sylvia Rivera Legal Resource Program News Release.  Read case here in PDF format.

December 2002--Mario v. P & C Food Markets (2002) Gender Change Insurance Nixed: Federal appeals court upholds ruling that sex change surgery is merely “cosmetic”. See Art Leonard GCN story.

November 15, 2002--Transgender Win in Massachusetts; Court finds protections based on sex, disability.  See NYC Gay City News story.

November 15, 2002--Toys ‘R’ Us May Pay Up After All; Transgender plaintiffs, awarded only $1, win big attorney’s fees. See NYC Gay City News story.

September 26, 2002:  TLPI News Release--Transgender Equality: A few steps forward, one step back.  2002 has been a banner year for transgender equality...Read on.

September 24, 2002:  Reuters Wire Story--"Transvestite Settles Beauty School Lawsuit."  [Not our headline] Click here for the off-site link.

September 17, 2002--ACLU Criticizes Decision in Louisiana Transgendered Case, Oiler v. Winn-Dixie

July 2, 2002--Hawaii Civil Rights Commission Accepts Transgender Bias Cases. You can read the decision in HTML here or you can download it in RTF format offsite here.

March 15th, 2002--Kansas State Supreme Court declared marriage of transsexual woman J'Noel Gardiner invalid.    TLPI  NEWS RELEASE. Read the case here.

Kantaras v. Kantaras:

March 4, 2002--Time Magazine, "Transsexuals Who Wed." Available soon.

February 15, 2002--Equality Florida Legal Advocacy Project Represents Transgender Father in Custody Battle Televised on Court TV

January 29, 2002--Court TV broadcasts Kantaras v. Kantaras, a Florida custody trial in FTM Michael Kantaras's legal sex is at issue.  Full story.

January 23, 2002--Court TV does a story on the Transgender Law and Policy Institute. Read it here.

November 2001--The Minnesota Supreme Court rules against Julie Goins.  Read the Minnesota Supreme Court opinion [offsite], November 29, 2001.  Go to all documents on the Goins.

October,  2001--Transgender Law and Policy Institute Press Release:  Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Rules Transgender People Covered Under the Law. Read the press release.  Read more information on the decision and one of the plaintiffs involved in the November 2001 edition of Outreach News, in PDF format.

July 3, 2001--Transgender Law and Policy Press Release: New Jersey Appeals Court Finds Transgender Doctor Covered by State Non-Discrimination Law.  Read the actual decision, ENRIQUEZ, M.D. v. WEST JERSEY HEALTH SYSTEMS, here

May 11, 2000--Kansas court reverses bad transsexual marriage case. Read the case off site here.

November 30, 2000--Massachusetts appeals court agrees: Transgender student may remain in school.  And see, October 12, 2000--Brockton, MA court rules in favor of transgender student. See the GLAD press release. 

November 21, 2000--Goins v. West Publishing. State of Minnesota Court of Appeals rules that the transgender-inclusive definition of sexual orientation in Minnesota's Human Rights Act covers a transgender woman denied use of the women's restroom in her workplace. Read the decision here.  This may be the first published opinion interpreting the transgender aspects of this statute. See story in the Minnesota Lawyer.

November 15, 2000--Connecticut Human Rights Commission Rules in Favor of Transgender People. See GLAD press release.  Read the decision.  

August 24, 2000--HERNANDEZ-MONTIEL v. INS: A U.S. federal court of appeals finds that a transgender gay man from Mexico "had a well-founded fear of future persecution and was entitled to asylum and withholding of deportation." Read the decision online. Read the joint National Center for Lesbian Rights/LLDEF/ACLU press release online.

August 26, 2000--"A Westerville couple is fighting to regain custody of their 6-year-old boy, whom they said was taken by social workers because they let the child dress and act like he's a girl." (Click here Columbus Post Dispatch news story.)

 November 20, 1998-"New tactic takes aim at bias U.S. Justice Department using existing laws that forbid gender discrimination," New York/Washington Blade report. Lead: "In a significant move, the U.S. Justice Department announced last week that it will use existing federal civil rights laws to take legal action against businesses and state and local governments that engage in employment discrimination against gay and transgender persons."

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Beyond the law: culture, politics, education

March 4, 2007--Transgender Rights, edited by Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Price Minter is a finalist in the 2007 Lambda Literary Awards.

July 13, 2006. Male Scientist Writes of Life as Female Scientist Biologist Who Underwent Sex Change Describes Biases Against Women.  Washington Post story online here.

January 13, 2006--Nathan Miller and Lori Weingarten have written a guide, "Creating GLBTQIA- inclusive forms and surveys," a resource for those creating forms, surveys or other information gathering tools. It's an eight-page document online in pdf at http://sugroups.wustl.edu/~safezones/GLBTQIA.forms.pdf

January 5, 2006--Los Angeles, CA--Barbie labeled a transgender activist. The notoriously antigay Christian group Concerned Women for America has apparently found the latest warrior in a cultural battle over transgender rights. But it's not a transgender activist fighting to make the world a better place for future generations of youth struggling with gender identity issues. It's a plastic doll. See the complete Advocate story here.

November 9. 2005--Washington, DC--The Human Rights Campaign releases Transgender Americans: A Handbook for Understanding. You can request a copy of the booklet or download it here.

October 11, 2005--TLPI Press release. More than 40 Colleges Now Protect the Rights of Transgender People. See full press release here.

October 6, 2005--San Francisco, CA--Shannon Minter, a Bay Area lawyer well-known for his work in advancing the rights of transgender people, will receive today a $100,000 Ford Foundation award for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where he works as the Legal Director.  This is a major national honor given yearly to community leaders ``working against great odds to make a difference.''  Minter is a Board Member and Co-Founder of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute. Full story here. NCLR press release here.

October 7, 2005--Nebraska:  Second Sex: Wally Bacon, a popular professor at Nebraska for 29 years, returns from summer vacation as a woman.  Chronicle of Higher Education.

February 10, 2005--Transmissions: [Sexism] No Laughing Matter. Op-ed piece by Gwendolyn Ann Smith here.

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT - Trans Justice, Social Change, and Justice, New York City, May 6th-7th, 2005.  The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) will host a national conference, "Trans Politics, Social Change, and Justice," Friday May 6th and Saturday, May 7th, 2005 in New York City. This conference will provide a venue to strengthen activist and research networks, incite dialogues, share research, and create resources central to creating social change for trans people. The conference will take place at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where CLAGS is housed, at 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th streets), New York, NY. For more information, click here.

January 13, 2005--Transmissions: Baby, it's a new year. Year in review column by Gwendolyn Ann Smith. This is the time of year when newspaper columnists want to just phone their column in. It's the holiday season, and you might rather have just one more amaretto sour than focus on the keyboard long enough to out your thoughts into your word processor of choice. This may be why one sees so many "year in review" columns at the end of a year. Here.

December 30, 2004--United Kingdom--Stephen Whittle receives an OBE (Officer of the order of the British Empire) and Christine Burns receives an MBE (Member of the order of  the British Empire), both "for services to gender issues".

December 30, 2004--New York, NY--Marine Kills Trans Prostitute in L.A.   Los Angeles police shoot and kill Iraq war veteran after he dumps body in Hollywood. Here.

December 7, 2004--New York, NY--Proposals due for CLAGS's conference, "Trans Politics, Social Change, and Justice," on December 15th, 2004.  For more information, go here.

November 29, 2004--Los Angeles--A lawsuit filed against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services alleges the agency discriminated against a Filipino couple when it denied the husband's legal residency because his wife had a sex change operation nearly 24 years ago. AP Wire story here.

Sept. 15. 2004--Los Angeles, CA--Appeals Court Overturns Deportation Order Of Tortured Transsexual: A preoperative transsexual who fled El Salvador after she was beaten and raped was given a reprieve Tuesday from deportation. Gay.com story here.

August 23, 2004-Washington, DC--Coalition Creates U.S. Transgender Health Priorities Primer: Comprehensive Document Begins to Address Thirteen Health Disparities Among Population.  The National Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, in an effort to address health disparities among the transgender population, has compiled "An Overview of U.S. Trans Health Priorities."  Priorities here in PDF.   See the Coalition page here.

August 21, 2004--San Franciso, CA--Vigil planned for slain woman; Activist calls killing a case of prejudice against transgenders. Here.

Summer 2004--TLPI Board Member Jamison Green's Becoming A Visible Man published by Vanderbilt University Press.

"When the premier trans-activist of a generation decides to write a memoir, we should be grateful.  When Jamison Green weaves his personal and political experiences into a magnificent story it is all the more reason to celebrate.  Becoming a Visible Man shows why he is a leading voice to a generation of transmen and transwomen and why this issue should be on the top of the agenda for all of us in the 21st century." --Henry Rubin, author of Self-Made Men.

"...smart, accessible and always compassionate take on transgender identity, desire, and political activism. A terrific blend of theory and personal narrative, Becoming a Visible Man should top any and all Gender Studies reading lists." --Kate Bornstein, author of My Gender Workbook.

"Intelligent and engaging book. ...an extraordinary writer." --Joanne Meyerowitz, author of How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States.

Ask for it at any bookstore. More information here. More information here.

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August 16, 2004--Transgender athletes remain invisble at Olympics.   Despite their recently won right to compete in the Olympics, no one seems to know of any transgender athletes who will be participating in the summer games, which kicked off this weekend in Athens, Greece. See UKgay.com here.

August 16, 2004--Hartford, CT--Colleges offer gender-blind housing option for students.  The idea that college students should have to live with roommates of the same gender is ridiculous to Paige Kruza. For starters, she says gender is not as simple as male and female. "It started in the days that same-sex, all-male colleges existed," Kruza said. More here.

August 2004, MA--New report by Dr. Jillian Todd Weiss, "The Cutting Edge of Employment Diversity: Transgender Human Resources Policies in U.S. Employers"

July 22, 2004--Istanbul, Turkey.  Trans Eastern Conference 2005. The first ever Middle Eastern Transsexual Conference will be held in Istanbul Turkey  in March of 2005.  On hand we hope to have Trans Activists from around the world to give us advice and motivation. More information here

July 17, 2004--New York, NY--Amnesty USA action for Transgender Critical Resistance member. Responding to the New York City Police's raid on Nov. 16, 2003, in which police beat and arrested queer and trans activists of color at a Critical Resistance gathering.  Find out more, and take action: here

July 16, 2004--Atlanta, GA--`Trans-panic' claims a life; We deserve better than a hung jury swayed by hurtful arguments that Gwen Araujo somehow deserved to die. Gwen Smith's column here.

June 23, 2004--Hayward, CA--The jurors talk: Araujo decision isn't a win for defense [trans-panic] strategy. Here.

June 22, 2004--Hayward, CA--ARAUJO CASE ENDS IN MISTRIAL; Remembering Our Dead Project Urges Retrial on All Counts.  Judge Harry Sheppard ruled a mistrial in the murder case of Gwen Araujo, declaring that the jury is "hopelessly deadlocked." The Remembering Our Dead project urges the District Attorney's office to retry this case in the pursuit of justice. "One may hope that the District Attorney retries this case," said  founder Gwen Smith. "To think that these men could end up in a plea bargain for a reduced sentence -- or worse yet, released back into society -- only angers me." Gwen Araujo was a 17-year-old transgender teenager who was murdered in Newark, California in October of 2002. Evidence presented during the trial indicated that she was brutally beaten and strangled over a period of several hours before her body was driven 150 miles from the scene of the murder and deposited in a shallow grave. The jury deliberated over parts of ten days, and had indicated that they were in trouble once before today. That led to a read-back of several key sections of testimony as well as a rereading of the instructions covering murder and manslaughter charges. It is widely speculated that the issue of "transgender panic" raised by the defense may have played a pivotal part in this outcome. In this defense, it is assumed that it would be "reasonable" behavior to murder a person -- assuming you had been intimate with them -- when you discover that person is transgendered. This defense is similar to the "gay panic" defense used in trials such as that of Matthew Sheppard, and it widely decried by gay and transgender activists as "blaming the victim." "Would we be seeing this sort of outcome if Gwen Araujo was not transgendered," Smith said, "or is this another example of transgender lives being devalued? Is it still 'ok' to murder a transgender person?"  

June 22, 2004--New York, NY-Transmale Nation: Remaking manhood in the genderqueer generation.  Village Voiced piece here. See Sel Whang's letter to the editor in response to this piece here.

June 18, 2004--Washington, DC--HRC releases a toolkit, "Transgender Issues in the Workplace: A Tool for Managers."  Download here in PDF.

June 17, 2004--Saudi Arabia--Gender correction for Saudi girls; Five sisters in Saudi Arabia are having operations to become men.  Here.

June 17, 2004--Richmond, VA--Tough transitions; Transgendered people decry health-care barriers. Here.

June 14, 2004--San Francisco, CA--Olympics' transgender quandary; Debate rages on the fairness of new inclusion rule. Here.

June 11, 2004--Building Blocks Productions Premieres New Transgender Video, "How To Serve Transgender Clients Where They Are."  In partnership with the Maryland AIDS Administration, Building Blocks Productions and DiversityWorks Multimedia have produced a video to help health and human service providers better serve transgender clients. The video is the foundation of a training workshop being offered to local agencies that want to do a better job at serving transgender clients. Short release here. For more information on the video and the premier, contact Patricia of Building Blocks Television at 410-363-3680.

June 10, 2004--Arizona--Flee, Shrekkies! 'She' is Larry King!: Shrek 2, corrupter of youth. That's the pronouncement from the Traditional Values Coalition, via MSN's the Scoop column. According to the group, the animated Mike Myers hit - which skewers the Brothers Grimm and all their fairy-tale ilk - is bombarding America's children with subversive "transgender" images. Arizona Republic story continues here.

June 8, 2004--The Cutting Edge: Why some doctors are moving away from performing surgery on babies of indeterminate gender.  Slate article here.

April 9, 2004--Philadelphia, PA--Trans culture is rising. There is a sea change going on. A paradigm shift, if you will. Every day, my in box is flooded by news articles about the state of gender variance in the world, from articles about Eunuchs in India trying to take political power and create a legal "third sex" definition, to Atlanta hiring a specialist to handle crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. By Gwendolyn Ann Smith. Here.May 29, 2004--New York, NY--Trans Lawyer onored By New York Law School. Shannon Minter one of the leading attorneys battling for LGBT families in American was awarded an honorary degree Friday from the City University of New York School of Law. Here.

May 28, 2004--New York, NY--Trans protection compromised? Two years after law was passed, commission still has no guidelines. Here.

May 29, 2004--New York, NY--Trans Lawyer Honored By New York Law School. Shannon Minter one of the leading attorneys battling for LGBT families in American was awarded an honorary degree Friday from the City University of New York School of Law. Here. and another picture from Gay City News here.

May 27, 2004--New York, NY--The lawyer for a Jackson Heights landlord who gave a Latino AIDS clinic the boot after transgendered clients turned up in the womens restrooms argued last week that the group is not a protected minority under state law and its case should be thrown out. Here.

May 26, 2004--New York, NY--New York Times To Protect Trans Workers From Discrimination. Here.

May 18, 2004--Transsexuals will be allowed to compete in the Olympics for the first time in a ruling that will go into effect at this year's games in Athens. CNN here and the BBC here.   Other views: the Baptist Press here, the Washington Times here.

April 2004--Article recently published in a major HR magazine tells corporate HR folks
how to best deal with TG employees and TG job applicants. Here in pdf.

April, 18, 2004--San Francisco, CA--Singing the gospel of Transcendence: Nation's first all-transgender gospel choir raises its voices to praise God and lift their own feelings of self-love and dignity. Here.

April 16, 2004--Hayward, CA--Family says transgender teen was not deceitful.  Here.  Also see "Defense calls transgender victim guilty of 'deception and betrayal' " here.

April 16, 2004--New York, NY--Gender- bender teen shot in B'klyn. Here.

April 16, 2004--Houston, TX--Keeping Montrose streets safe; When the moon comes up, volunteers take to the streets to keep transgender prostitutes safe. Here

April 14, 2004--Indiana--Transgender woman shares stories. Here.

April 14, 2004--Michigan--Series explores transgender health. Here.

April 2004--"Aronson Films is seeking subjects for a documentary being produced with the involvement and support of Deep Stealth Productions. The film explores the extremely high incidence of violence perpetrated against transgendered women and asks the question: Why does it happen?" Here.

April 5, 2004--Rapid City, DS--Rapid City Alderman Pursues Sex Change. here.

April 4, 2004--Texas--The Rainbow Connection: Gays, Transpeople and The Future. Here.

March 26, 2004--Ann Arbor, MI--Library opens transgendered collection.  Here.

March 26, 2004--Arizona--Arizona State University has revised its nondiscrimination policy to include "gender identity," making it the fourth public university to extend such protections to transgender students and employees. Story here.  Policy here.

March 26, 2004--Traditional Values Coalition: Transgender Marriage is Coming!. Here.

March 25, 2004--Syracuase, NY--Making a change: A transgender person talks about the challenges of making the transition from male to female. Here.

March 21, 2004--Leavenwork, Kansas--Transsexual faces charge of falsely obtaining marriage license. Here and longer story here.

March 21, 2004--New York--"Teen dressed as a woman shot in Brooklyn."  Here.

December 19, 2003--Rochester, NY--School policy shields transgendered. Story here.

December 6, 2003--Lansing, MI--Michigan State bans harassment based on gender identity but not discrimination. Story here.

December 5, 2003--Olympics to allow transsexuals to participate Panel lifts ban on post-surgery trans athletes. Southern Voice story here;  

November 28, 2003--Washington, DC--Trans woman reports sexual assault in D.C. male cellblock. Incident prompts police to consider changing record system. Here.

November 26, 2003--Chicago, IL--U Panel calls for neutral bathrooms. For most people, deciding which bathroom to use in the Regenstein Library does not require mental gymnastics. But for some, a trip to the restroom is less simple, with gay, lesbian, and transgendered students worried about the implications of which bathrooms they enter.   Student paper here; right wing story here; Sun Times story here.

November 26, 2003--2003 exceeds others in transgender killings. Here.

November 25, 2003--Chicago, IL--University investigates ethics of sex researcher. Northwestern University is investigating charges of ethics violations by a psychology professor whose federally funded research has been criticized by House Republicans.  Here.

November, 2003--Beyond the Women's Room:  Public restrooms. Rather mundane. Not much to think about — unless one is transgendered, genderqueer, a butch woman, a feminine man, or otherwise does not subscribe to rigid gender norms. Then, going to the bathroom in public becomes a daily struggle. By Dylan Vade in Nerve Magazine here.  See also an interview with Leslie Feinberg here.

November 14, 2003--San Francisco, CA-- Police panel alters transgender rules: The Police Commission has approved new guidelines on how police will deal with transgender suspects, including banning officers from using strip searches alone to determine a person's gender. Here.

November 13, 2003--Boston, MA--Closed doors still greet trans people; Despite protections, finding a home can be a challenge. Here.

November 13, 2003--IOC OK transsexual athletes in Olympics: Athletes who have undergone sex change operations will be eligible to compete in the Olympics for the first time under new rules being finalized by the IOC. Here.

November 13, 2003--Transgender Day of Remembrance to be Observed Across the Country. Here.

November 10, 2003-- New York, NY--NY Paralegal Raises First Amendment In Battle for 'Queer' Name. Here.

November 9, 2003--San Francisco, CA--Reuters, Transsexuals new focus of companies' legal protection. here.

October 30, 2003--Iowa City, IA--Group asks for gender-neutral restrooms, dorms; A University of Iowa student group is lobbying school officials for gender-blind restrooms and dorm floors on campus. Here.

October 24, 2003--New York, NY--Lavender Law Coverage of Trans Issues from the Washington Blade.   Here.

October 24, 2003--Alabama--University of Alabama faculty votes to prohibit antigay [and anti-trans]
discrimination. Here.

October 23, 2003--Long Island City, NY--Changing Gender Without Changing Jobs.  Women's ENews story here.

October 23, 2003--Lake Oswego, OR--Lake Oswego extends rights for sexual minority [including transgender] groups. Here.

October 23, 2003--New York, NY--Trans Man Leads Gay Studies Center. Gay City News here.

October 16, 2003--Portland, OR--Reuters Report About the UCLA "Brain Sex" Study Baseless. By the Intersex Initiative, Portland.  Here.October 9, 2003--New Haven, CT--Stryker shares queer journey. Here.

October 8, 2003--San Antonio, TX--Bexar Co. Sheriff's Dept. Promotes Transsexual; Lunan Is Highest-Ranking Woman In Law Enforcement Division, here.

October 3, 2003--Washington, DC--Transsexual terrorism: The Department of Homeland Security is warning that cross-dressing terrorists may be infiltrating, but is that threat a real one? Op-Ed by Gwen Smith here.

September, 2003--Trans men and dating on the NPR show, "This American Life."  "If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, when you switch from one planet to another, what do you need to know about love? We hear from several men who've done exactly that. They were born as women, became men with the help of modern medical science, and had to re-learn how to love on the other side of the gender line. Griffin Hansbury reports." Click here and scroll down to Episode 247 to listen to it with RealPlayer,  (22 minutes long.)

September 24, 2003--Jamison Green's Planet Out Column: Who Loves Ya, Baby? The marriage between G, L, B and T interests has not always been a happy one, but trans activists have been working very hard for over a decade now to ensure that relations between our camps are constructive and mutually supportive. So I was quite surprised and dismayed to see Riki Ann Wilchins' opinion piece in the September 2 issue of The Advocate magazine. Here.

September 26, 2003--Washington, DC--Trans victims linked to prostitution; Activists say discrimination forces some into `survival' sex work. Washington Blade story here.

September 25, 2003--Amherst, MA--Male to female/Female to male.   (Good education piece.) Here.

Coming October 7th, 2003--Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, New York, NY--Screaming Queens: The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot of 1966.   On a hot summer night, angry drag queens rioted against police who raided their hang-out. It happened in San Francisco in 1966--three years before Stonewall.  A film by Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker. Partial rough cut of work in progress, with lecture/discussion by Susan Stryker.  For more information, click here.

September, 22, 2003--Chicago, IL--Transsexuals file 5 claims against J. Michael Bailey and his research. Story here.

September 14, 2003--Washington, DC--Homeland Security Eyes Transgendered. Here.

September 13, 2003--Boston, MA--Review of Imani Henry's "B4T: Before Testosterone" here.

September 12, 2003--Deaths highlight illegal silicone use; Trans `pumping parties' reportedly gaining popularity. Washington Blade story here.

September 11, 2003--Frye Chides Media in TG Reporting:  Longtime Houston Transgender and Civil Rights activist Phyllis Randolph Frye has some issues with the recent media coverage of the deaths of several transgender women in the Houston area.Frye chides media in TG reporting.  Story here.

September 11, 2003--Augusta, GA--Transgendered woman wins case to have name changed. Story here.

September 8, 2003--"Targeting Transgenders,' Newsweek story here.

September 5, 2003--Stupid trans media tricks: From birth names to pronouns, from invisible FTMs to the constant barrage of MTF sex workers, fair and balanced it’s not. By Gwendolyn Smith here.

September 5, 2003--Bitter tears over unnecessary deaths.  Planet Out column by Gwendolyn Ann Smith here.

September 3, 2003--Chicago, IL--"Killing Us Softly, by Miranda Stevens-Miller here.

September 8, 2003--"Targeting Transgenders,' Newsweek story here.

September 5, 2003--Bitter tears over unnecessary deaths.  Planet Out column by Gwendolyn Ann Smith here.

September 3, 2003--Chicago, IL--"Killing Us Softly, by Miranda Stevens-Miller here.

August 29, 2003--Washington, DC--Local colleges look at adding trans protections. U.Md. poised to join UDC, American, Galludet as trans-friendly. See Washington Blade story here.

August 28, 2003--"Boy meets girl":  James Finney Boylan was a successful novelist, professor in the English department at Colby College, husband of Grace, and father of two boys. James is now Jennifer Finney Boylan. See USNews.com story here.

August 26, 2003--Washington, DC--Transgender Community and Crime.   Washington Post interview with Earline Budd here (you may have to register with the WP first.)

August, 21, 2003--Washington, DC--Anti-transgender violence hits D.C. again. Story here.

August 18, 2003--Portland, OR--IN MY OPINION.  Last week, after waiting to greet Sen. Hillary Clinton with my family, I found myself described in The Oregonian as: "actually a man in a dress." It was cruelly dismissive.   Guest editorial by Lori Buckwalter here.

August 1, 2003--New York--Fake IDs for Social Justice by Stephanie Skier.  I never expected that I would end up spending my summer making fake IDs.   These ID cards do not falsely purport to be state-issued—like ones the under-21 crowd might use to try to buy alcohol. They do not assist their cardholders in breaking the law, but rather to help alleviate the difficulty of day-to-day living in society. These IDs are meant to assist people whose names and genders listed on their state IDs do not match with the names they use and the genders they present everyday. This dilemma may not have crossed your mind if you have always felt fully comfortable in the “male” or “female” sex category that is listed on your driver’s license.  See Harvard Crimson story here.

July 25, 2003--Chicago, IL--Transsexuals Accuse Author J. Michael Bailey of Misconduct. At least two transsexual women have accused the chairman of Northwestern University's psychology department of using them as research subjects without consent in a controversial new book on gender-bending. The women say Professor J. Michael Bailey engaged in research misconduct, and they further contend the book makes them out to be perverted freaks. Here.

July 24, 2003--Boston, MA--Northeastern pressed on trans policy. Student housing flap drives concern, meeting planned to address issues.  Story here.

July 3, 2003--Detroit, MI--Trans murders remain unsolved; Mixed reports on police involvement. Story here.

June 27, 2003--New York, NY--Trans Activists Charge Harassment; Police selectively requiring ID at public bathrooms at Christopher St. riverfront.  Gay City News story here. Sylvia Rivera Law Project here.

June 2003--Texas--"WE'RE QUEER, TOO, AND WE ARE HERE"; Long in the vanguard of the fight for transgender rights, Phyllis Randolph Frye sees positive direction for the movement.  Interview here.

June 27, 2003--Boston, MA: Out at work: a trans perspective: Being out at work is never easy, but transitioning poses unique challenges. Bay Windows story: Part I here and Part II here.

June 25, 3003--Traditional Values Coalition takes aim at a "transgender rights activist group called GenderPAC" and HRC, a "radical leftist homosexual group."  Go to the story here.

June 24, 2003--A level playing field? Transgender athletes pose new questions about competition. See Sports Illustrated story here.

June 22, 2003--San Francisco: Straddling Sexes: Young lesbians transitioning into men are shaking the foundation of the lesbian-feminist world. SF Gate story here.

June 2003--The Story of Two Newarks.  Kate Kendall's Op-Ed on the tragic deaths of transgendered woman Gwen Araujo and lesbian Sakia Gunn. On the National Center for Lesbian Rights' page here.

June 6, 2003--George Bush gets it right when he meets transsexual classmate at alumni reception. Story here.

June 2003--PBS Documentary, "Georgie Girl": What are the chances that a former prostitute could be elected a Member of the Parliament of New Zealand by a conservative, rural district? What if that person were also a transsexual? The odds may seen daunting, but Georgina Beyer did it. Click here for synposis and airing schedule.

June 16, 2003--Gay is the new black: The gay rights issue has been a ticking timebomb for the Bush government. And now it looks about to explode.  See the Guardian story here.

June 11, 2003--When Uncle Bill becomes Aunt Barbara: Documentary film No Dumb Questions seeks to help families through challenge of learning about transgender relative.  See story here.  See broadcast dates or buy video here.

June 10, 2003--Contra Costa, CA--Catholic Hight School Teacher Transitions (FTM).  See story here.

May 29, 2003--Kentucky--Through an Executive Order signed this afternoon, Governor Paul Patton banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity for state employees in Kentucky. See Governor's press release here.   See order here.

May 29, 2003--Filled with exceptional acting, 'Soldier's Girl' dares to be complex: ''Soldier's Girl'' goes into the gray and stays there. The Showtime movie, which premieres tomorrow night at 9, is based on the true tragedy of Barry Winchell, an airborne infantryman who was fatally beaten with a bat while he was sleeping. Private Winchell had been having a love affair with a transgendered nightclub performer, Calpernia Addams, who was in the middle of a series of sex-change operations. This growing relationship threatened Winchell's maniacal roommate, Justin Fisher, who began a Machiavellian plot to end it, one way or another. Read on.

Deadline June 1, 2003--New York, NY--Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies announces the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies. This $1000 award, which honors the memory of Rivera, a transgender activist, will be given for the best book or article to appear in transgender studies this year, from May 2002 to June 2003. Deadline: June 1, 2003.  For more information, click here.

May 27, 2003--New York, NY--If Biology Is Destiny, When Shouldn't It Be?  What would you do if your baby was born intersex, with sex organs and external genitalia not clearly male or female? How would you choose whether to bring up your child as a boy or a girl and decide whether doctors should perform corrective genital surgery? See New York Times Story here.   (You may have to register for free for the NYTimes.)

May 23, 2003--Newark, NJ--Gender changing at Prudential shakes the Rock of Gibraltar. Story here.

May 19, 2003--San Francisco, CA--The nation's first transgender law center opens in San Francisco. See Recorder story here.   See the organization's web page here.  See pdf press release here.

May 16, 2002--Newark, NJ--Lesbian teen dies in hate stabbing. See Gay City News story here.

May 18, 2003--Middletown, CT--Gender Won't Count In New Dorm; Wesleyan University gives transgender freshman the option of living in a "gender-blind" hall - one floor of a dormitory for students who don't want to be categorized as one gender or another.   See story here.

May 16, 2003--Oregon--Out of the closet, into disguise: a transgendered male's story; One Oregon State University student grapples with biological contradictions. See story here.

May 15, 2003--New Haven, CT--Transsexual promotes sensitivity in media: Most people never give much thought to pronouns, that is unless you’re the executive director of an advocacy group for transsexuals and cross-dressers. See New Haven Register story here.

May 12, 2003--Lansing, MI--Transgender Mayoral Candidate Fights Lansing Law; A transgender candidate for mayor in Lansing told Local 4 that a city law requiring her to put her former male name on the ballot is discriminatory. See news story here.

May 12, 2003--Jane Fonda on gender: An exclusive interview with Jane Fonda, the famous mom of Troy Garity—star of the upcoming gender-defying film Soldier’s Girl—becomes a fascinating give-and-take on “penis privilege” and how breaking down gender barriers could change the world, including her plans for an all-transgendered Vagina Monologues next February. Advocate story here.

May 2003--May is apparently media transphobia month: MSNBC brings back gay and trans bashing "Savage Nation" show, see 365gay.com story here; the British Guardian paper publishes two transphobic pieces on the same day, "Sex Change," and "I'm a girl - just call me 'he'"; a columnist in a gay paper supplements an earlier piece arguing against using pronouns that match a transgender person's gender identity   ("She said, he said: Laws should protect rights, not sensibilities) with "Crossing the Ts: Trans people apparently think it's an insult akin to 'fag' to be called the wrong gender. What a load of estrogen! (But see Gwendolyn Smith's excellent riposte, "Sometimes the Joke Is Really on You " and GLAAD alert on Savage Nation here.)

May 8, 2003--Waterville, Maine--Colby professor at peace after gender change.  See Kennebec Journal story here.

May 7 and 8, Chicago, IL--Oprah Winfrey does two shows on "Husbands who became women."   See show page here. See Jamison Green's Planetout.com story on "TV tells our stories."  Here.

May 6, 2003--New York, NY--Controversial talk show Savage Nation has returned to MSNBC amid allegations of renewed trans and gay bashing. The cable show hosted by Michael Savage was taken off the air for several weeks last month to make room for coverage of the war in Iraq.  On his television first show since the war Savage set his sights on a California bill that grants employment protections to transgender people and sets penalties for those who deny employment based solely on the person's gender identity. 365gay.com story here.

May 2, 2003--Washington, DC--GenderPAC and HRC join forces on Capitol Hill; Trans and gay rights groups call for 'diversity pledge.' See Washington Blade story, which also discusses the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, here.

May 2, 2003--New York, NY--Newly installed state Comptroller Alan Hevesi expanded an executive order Monday barring harassment of employees in his office because of sexual orientation to specifically include transgender and gender-variant individuals. See NY Blade story here. See Boston Globe story here. See Hevesi's press release here. Executive order in PDF here.

Coming May 3, 2003--2nd Annual Philadelphia TransHealth Conference: Our Bodies, Ourselves, Too in Philadelphia PA is a free, one-day conference on issues surrounding the health and care of transgender and transsexual people.  See conference page.

April 29, 2003-St. Paul, MN--Transgender Woman Susan Kimberly to Join U.S. Senator Coleman's Staff as his State Legislative Director. See Pioneer Press story here.   See Star Tribune story here.

April 28, 2003--Northhampton, MA--Smith College students vote for gender neutral wording:  Smith students voted to change the language of their student constitution so that the pronouns "she" and "her" would be replaced with gender-neutral terms. The student government vote is an indication of a deeper issue facing Smith College, and other same-sex institutions, which is that a growing number of students identify themselves as transgender, and say they feel uncomfortable with female pronouns.  See Boston Globe Story here.

April 21, 2003--Washington, DC--Santorum New Jesse Helms: Jesse Helms may have left the US Senate but his place as America's most homophobic legislator has been captured by Rick Santorum. The Pennsylvania Republican, the GOP's third ranking member in the Senate, says every decision he makes is based only on one guiding principle: what is best for the American family. See 365gay.com story, "Santorum New Jesse Helms," here. Read text of Santorum's remarks here. See HRC press release here.  See NGLTF release here. See another 365gay.com story, "Santorum Flees PFLAG meeting," here.

April 18, 2003--Washington, DC--Mourning a Sister Who Stood for Her Convictions: Slain Witness in Pantazes Trial Was Born Male but Lived -- and Died -- as an 'Honest' and 'Unapologetic' Woman. See Washington Post story.

April 13, 2003--Philadelphia, PA--Danger Across Genders.  Transgender people are frequently the victims of harassment and violence for doing nothing more than living their lives and minding their own business. See Philadelphia Inquirer story here.

April 4, 2003--Sacramento, CA--Profile: Theresa Sparks, Transgender San Franciscan makes history as Woman of the Year online here.  See also:  Transgender group decries Jay Leno, NBC: Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" monologue on Monday, in which he joked about a male-to-female transsexual, has drawn the ire of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition. Read more on Gay.com 

April 2, 2003--Transgender group decries Jay Leno, NBC: Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" monologue on Monday, in which he joked about a male-to-female transsexual, has drawn the ire of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition. Read more on Gay.com.

April 1, 2003--Vatican City--Vatican Says Gays 'Without Social Value':  A new dictionary that the Vatican says should be in all Catholic homes calls homosexuality a condition "without any social value".  See 365.com story here.

April 1, 2003--Portland, OR--Intersex patients demand equal rights. See Portland State University Daily Vanguard story here.

March 14, 2003--New York, NY--The Jewish Week Hebrew Union College admits first transgender rabbinical student and Reform Movement's Commission on Social Action passes resolution pledging to support legislation opposing discrimination based on gender identity. Read story here.

March 13, 2003--Ithaca, NY--Transgender Professor Stephen Whittle Talks Marriage. Read Cornell Daily Sun story here

March 13, 2003--365Gay.com:  TG Male Accepted Into Rabbinical School

March 13, 2003--New York, NY--Newsday story on HBO's Normal: Loving a Man Who Wants to Be a Woman
Two upcoming TV films look at romance that transcends gender

March 6, 2003--Miami, FL--Miami Herald Story: Broader asylum rules reviewed--Bush administration is considering whether or not to make it even more difficult for women, gays, transgender people to make asylum claims based on gender persecution.

February 27, 2003--Hollywood, FL.  AFL-CIO passes statement on discrimination that includes gender identity and expression.  Read here.

December 22, 2002--AP Wire Story--Transgender Activists Encouraged by Political Victories

September 30, 2002:  Human Rights Campaign News Release--HRC Releases Ground-breaking Public Opinion Research on Transgender Issues: Public is Broadly Aware of Transgender Americans, But Much More Education Is Needed, Says HRC. Click here for off-site press release. See also October 15, 2002 issue of The Advocate: Transgender breakthrough: People in the United States have a surprising understanding and acceptance of transgendered lives, a major new survey shows

September 5, 2001--National Public Radio Show, "Justice Talking," features Jennifer Levi. Click here for the link.

July 24, 2000--New York, NY--"Watershed of Mourning At the Border of Gender," by Nina Siegal, The New York Times. [Note: This link may not work if you haven't registered with nytimes.com.]

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