Posts Tagged transgender rights

Mt. Holyoke college changes policy to admit trans women

This week Mt. Holyoke, a women’s college in the Pioneer Valley in MA, announced it will be changing its admissions policy to include trans women as applicants who will be considered for admission:

Mount Holyoke College welcomes applications for our undergraduate program from any qualified student who is female or identifies as a woman.

Mt. Holyoke released a FAQ on transgender admission explaining the policy and how the school came to this decision:

This week Mt. Holyoke, a women’s college in the Pioneer Valley in MA, announced it will be changing its admissions policy to include trans women as applicants who will be considered for admission:

Mount Holyoke College welcomes applications ...

Jared Leto

Against Visibility

When Jared Leto won a Golden Globe and then an Oscar for playing a (caricature of a) transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club, I witnessed so much cis mansplaining about how Leto’s performance and award show appearances were good for trans women, because we needed visibility. Lots of folks don’t know about trans people, they argued, and Leto was educating them – plus his performance wasn’t that bad, it was accurate to how trans women were (seen by these cis men) at that time. When Laverne Cox made the cover of TIME, Andrew Sullivan responded by arguing that trans people should be willing to talk about our genitals when asked because people ...

When Jared Leto won a Golden Globe and then an Oscar for playing a (caricature of a) transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club, I witnessed so much cis mansplaining about how Leto’s performance ...

Police tape hangs off a fence.

The heartbreaking duality of transgender issues in the US

Looking back at the end of Pride month 2014, we’ve seen some incredible advances in transgender rights. With increasing anti-discrimination protections and expansion of basic healthcare rights to trans people, a lot of my own federal policy agenda for trans folks is getting met.

At the same time, four trans women of color were murdered this June. The epidemic of violence targeting trans women of color, playing out while LGBT folks should supposedly be celebrating our pride, should stop us all cold, and make us think seriously about what’s really needed to win liberation for all trans people.

Monica Roberts reports at Black Girl Dangerous on the horrific murders we learned about in June:

Looking back at the end of Pride month 2014, we’ve seen some incredible advances in transgender rights. With increasing anti-discrimination protections and expansion of basic healthcare rights to trans people, a lot of my own federal policy ...

Dept. Of Labor: “discrimination on the basis of transgender status is discrimination based on sex”

In case you needed some clarification, transgender discrimination is illegal. According to the Department of Labor,  it is considered discrimination based on sex and violates Title VII. The Dept. of Labor is the latest federal agency to clarify their policy on anti-trans discrimination:

“Labor Secretary Tom Perez said, ‘These changes reflect current law. In Macy v. Holder, for example, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concluded that discrimination because a person is transgender is sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Civil Rights Center, along with the Employment and Training Administration, will issue guidance to make clear that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is ...

In case you needed some clarification, transgender discrimination is illegal. According to the Department of Labor,  it is considered discrimination based on sex and violates Title VII. The Dept. of Labor is the latest federal agency to 

Pentagon considers transferring Chelsea Manning to facility where she can receive transition-related health care

In a completely unprecedented move, the Pentagon appears to be considering transferring Chealsea Manning into civilian prison so that she can access transition-related care.

In a completely unprecedented move, the Pentagon appears to be considering transferring Chealsea Manning into civilian prison so that she can access transition-related care.

HHS expected to lift Medicare’s blanket ban on gender-affirming surgery

Ed note: This post originally stated that HHS is expected to lift the blanket ban on Medicaid; HHS is expected to lift the ban on Medicare. It has since been corrected to reflect this.

As the work of an independent review panel wraps up, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to end Medicare’s blanket ban on gender-affirming surgeries for trans people. This is a really, really big deal:

Ed note: This post originally stated that HHS is expected to lift the blanket ban on Medicaid; HHS is expected to lift the ban on Medicare. It has since been corrected to ...

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