Mariah/Brian L. v. Administration for Children’s Services @nclrights (USA)

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.

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Brian (aka Mariah) L. v. The Administration for Children’s Services_ National Center for Youth Law – youthlaw.

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Rachel/Brian Pepe @GardnStEquality (USA)

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Rachel Pepe, 13, formerly known as Brian, was told by an official at Thorne Middle School in Monmouth, New Jersey that Rachel must come back school “dressed as Brian and prepared to act like Brian.” A Thorne official told Angela Peters, the child’s mother, that the school was not equipped to handle Rachel.

According to Garden State Equality, a civil rights group, the transgender issue has come up a number of times at schools in New Jersey and elsewhere.

A 6-year-old boy in Colorado was able to return to school after winning the right to use the girls’ bathroom in a case fought by the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Middletown Schools Superintendent William O. George addressed the case in general terms.

“We as a district want to do everything we can as a district,” George said. “Every child is different and their education and social and emotional well being is my priority. We will work with them to find the appropriate placement.”

“I support this without interviewing this child. It certainly is reasonable. Children with psycho-sexual issues often benefit from a fresh start at a new school,” he said.

Transgender teen told she can’t come to school as girl.

Portland Clinic @NHSEngland (UK)

A child of three has apparently become one of the youngest ever to be seen by National Health Service doctors for possible gender identity disorder.  The infant was seen by medics at the Portland Clinic in London. The child was the youngest of 468 under-18s seen in the past 12 months. It is not known if the patient is a boy or a girl, although seven boys are referred for every girl.

Treating children for “gender identity disorder” or “gender dysphoria” constitutes child abuse, and we believe it is the parents of these children who need treatment.

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Three Year Old Becomes ‘Youngest Child to Have Sex Change Treatment’.

Toddler aged 3 assessed for sex change at top London clinic – Mirror Online.

Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (Canada)

CaptureCatholic schools in Vancouver have adopted a policy that could allow transgender students to use the pronouns, uniforms and washrooms that match their gender identity after a human rights complaint forced the local archdiocese to balance its religious teachings with the rights of transgender children.

The lawyer for the 11-year-old transgender girl behind the complaint says Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese appears to be the first Catholic school board in North American to implement such a policy.

Tracey Wilson’s doctors determined she had gender dysphoria, but the Catholic school she attended indicated it could not accommodate her request to be treated as a girl.

Wilson’s family moved Tracey and her siblings to the public school system and filed a human rights complaint, which has now been resolved with the school board’s new policy.

“This is, as far as we know, certainly a North American first and probably a world first,” said the Wilson family’s lawyer, barbara findlay, who spells her name without capital letters.

Vancouver Catholic schools get transgender policy after human rights complaint by Tracey Wilson _ CTV News.

Human rights complaint prompts new gender policy in Vancouver Catholic schools – British Columbia – CBC News.

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Trustees Ken Denike and Sophia Woo voted against the policy.

Vancouver’s school board passed a revised policy on the treatment of transgender students, overcoming opposition from critics who were largely drawn from the city’s Chinese Christian community.

The policy includes recommendations that schools introduce gender-neutral washrooms and allow transgender students to dress as they feel appropriate.

Staff are also urged to protect the students’ rights to decide who gets to know about their status.

Critics saw the policy as usurping parents’ rights to raise their children as they saw fit.

School transgender policy angers Vancouver’s Chinese Christians _ South China Morning Post.

Vancouver school board adopts controversial policy on transgender students _ South China Morning Post.

Ethnic Chinese groups protest LGBT programs again _ Vancouver Sun.

Transgender policy prompts mother’s plea to Vancouver School Board – British Columbia – CBC News Schools’ gender identity policy sparks debate in Vancouver – British Columbia – CBC News.

Transgender students included in Vancouver school policy review – British Columbia – CBC News.

What should gender-neutral washroom signs look like_ – British Columbia – CBC News.

Ken Denike, Sophia Woo ousted from NPA caucus over LGBTQ stance – British Columbia – CBC News.

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Vancouver School Board formally adopts transgender policy _ The Hook.

Carmichael v. Galbraith (USA)

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13-year-old Jon Carmichael committed suicide after severe homophobic bullying at his school. His parents sued the school district for violations of Title IX, which provides that  “[n]o person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . . .”  According to the Carmichaels, the bullying experienced by Jon from 2009 to 2010 constituted a “severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive” pattern of student-on-student sexual harassment.  The trial court dismissed the lawsuit and the Carmichaels appealed.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Firth Circuit reversed.  While noting that the Supreme Court explicitly limited Title IX claims based on student-on-student sexual harassment to encompass only “pervasive” and “widespread”  conduct with the “systemic effect of denying the victim equal receives the federal funds, the court noted that the sexual-harassment allegations in the complaint that do satisfy Title IX’s requirement of pervasiveness. Continue reading