The Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) added gender dysphoria – defined as a condition in which “people whose gender at birth is contrary to the one they identify with” – to the state’s list of conditions that require government-funded treatments. As of 2015, low-income transgender residents of Oregon will have access to gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy if they want it.
Mariah L. is a 20-year-old man who identifies as a woman who was in foster care in New York City. Mariah’s doctors said that sex reassignment surgery was medically necessary for him. The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) refused to provide Mariah with the procedure. Mariah obtained a court order requiring ACS to pay for the surgery, which ACS appealed. The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of doctors and health clinics in support of Mariah. The appellate court ruled in favor of ACS, holding that the family court does not have the authority to order ACS to provide and pay for any type of medical care.
A 16-year-old gender non-conforming boy and his mom sued the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles for sex discrimination. When he attempted to get his first driver’s license, Chase Culpepper was told by the DMV that he could not take his license photo unless he removed the makeup that he wears on a regular basis.
We hope Culpepper prevails, as prohibiting males to wear make up is based on the sexist stereotype that only females wear make up.
President Barack Obama issued an executive order banning job discrimination among federal employees on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Fives Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham “no longer stocks Gender Hurts: a feminist analysis of the politics of transgenderism by Sheila Jeffries” because it claims the book is “transphobic.”
The Sequim School District in Washington State is considering a policy to prohibit discrimination against transgender students. The policy would require the use of the pronoun of the student’s choice and allow students to choose whether they use the boys’, girls’ or private restrooms.
The board will discuss the transgender policy again, and may adopt it, at its August 4 meeting.