For more information, vist the FAQ on the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's site 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.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. 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. December 14, 2006--Trenton, NJ--New Jersey Legislature passes bill that adds civil rights protections for transgender people. 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."Hoping to improve the possibilities of the transgender community, the budget committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Thursday, June 29, approved 0,000 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 0,000 in general funds to increase opportunities for transgender employees and entrepreneurs through employment and mentorship programs." Full story 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. April 19, 2006--Bloomington, IN--Bloomington Second Indiana City to Provide Gender Identity Protections.
"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. Male Scientist Writes of Life as Female Scientist Biologist Who Underwent Sex Change Describes Biases Against Women. July 6, 2006--San Francisco, CA--TG job, health efforts get funding.
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.
October 27, 2006--Washington, DC--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.