6th August 2012
ObamaCare ‘will ban discrimination against transgender people’ 6
10:10 PM — A senior official with the Department of Health and Human Services has told transgender rights groups that federal health programmes and companies receiving federal dollars are barred from discriminating against trans people.
1st August 2012
Gotye addresses trans ‘hoax’ 6
3:20 PM — Belgian-Australian musician Gotye has addressed rumours he is transgender, describing them as part of a 'hoax' but explicitly declining to deny them.
31st July 2012
Video: Matrix director Lana Wachowski speaks on film after transition 12
4:15 PM — Co-director of the Matrix films Lana Wachowski has appeared on film for what is believed to be the first time since transitioning.
30th July 2012
New Zealand: Prime minister to support MP’s equal marriage bill 16
10:13 AM — New Zealand's prime minister, John Key, has said he will support a member's bill selected for a vote in the House of Representatives that would legalise marriages between two people of the same sex.
29th July 2012
Oxford University changes dress code for transgender students 14
9:04 PM — Transgender students at Oxford University will be permitted to wear formal dress appropriate to their new sex. The institution has changed its strict dress code for students taking exams or attending formal events after a campus LGBT group intervened.
27th July 2012
Liverpool: Two-year project on life of April Ashley launched 4
2:57 PM — Arts festival Homotopia is preparing to launch a two year heritage project to research, explore and document the experiences of transgender people in Britain over the past 70 years, focussing on the life of trans model and actress April Ashley.
24th July 2012
Police guidance on risk of trans suspects ‘manipulating sex’ was outdated 3
12:28 PM — There were red faces at the Association of Chief Police Officers yesterday as PinkNews.co.uk quizzed officials about wording on recent guidance perceived as offensive by many in the trans community.
Trans pupil ‘had to show head Equality Act’ to wear female clothing for exam 34
12:07 PM — A trans teenager has said she had to show her headmaster a copy of the Equality Act before he would allow her to sit an exam wearing female clothing.
23rd July 2012
New search rules for trans police officers and suspects drawn up 26
12:46 PM — It is all change for trans police and policing, as increased awareness of trans sensitivities sees new rules for searching suspects – both who can do the searching and how people should be searched – emerging in the last few weeks.
19th July 2012
France: Concern as senate approves protections for ‘sexual’ not ‘gender’ identity 12
1:09 PM — Hopes that the election of a Socialist President and Assembly might usher in a new era of inclusivity in France took a blow last week, as Socialist Senators faced up to a first opportunity to legislate protections for the country’s trans minority but declined to do so.
18th July 2012
New protocol puts more power in the hands of Scottish trans people 6
5:40 PM — A new protocol issued this week by the Scottish Government is set to revolutionise the way trans people are served by the health system.
17th July 2012
Sweden: Trans asylum seeker’s partner to be deported to Russia 9
2:53 PM — Russian trans asylum seeker, Lita, who is currently in hiding somewhere in Sweden, narrowly escaped being caught last week. But her partner and boyfriend Anton was apprehended by police and is now in deportation prison in Flen, from where he will shortly be removed to Russia.
12th July 2012
Chloe Sevigny worried about reactions to trans assassin role 18
7:05 PM — Chloe Sevigny says she feared trans people would be disappointed with her for playing a trans character in TV series Hit & Miss. The actress, 37, told Out magazine she was concerned there would be anger that a transgender performer wasn't playing the part of Mia, an assassin.
11th July 2012
Canada: Toronto trans community pays tribute to leader who killed himself 3
11:45 PM — Tributes have been paid to a Canadian transgender community leader who killed himself last week. Kyle Scanlon, who was the education, training, and research coordinator at the 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto, died on July 3rd. Reports said he had suffered long-term chronic depression.
8th July 2012
Australia: ACT bid to remove surgery requirement for trans recognition 3
11:43 PM — Legal and human rights groups in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are pushing to change a law which requires transgender people to have surgery in order to change their legal gender.
6th July 2012
Essex: Head praises ‘greatly loved’ trans teacher 17
9:18 AM — A transgender teacher has been praised for her courage and popularity by staff and pupils at a secondary school in Essex ahead of her transition this summer.
3rd July 2012
Suffolk: Man fined after threatening transgender neighbour 17
12:03 PM — A building worker in Ipswich has been convicted of what is believed to be the first offence officially motivated by transphobia in Suffolk.
19th June 2012
Concern over ‘pernicious’ Freedom of Information requests on LGBT issues 15
4:04 PM — Concern is growing that some national newspapers are abusing Freedom of Information laws to trawl for stories that they then skew to depict LGBT issues in a sensational and negative fashion.
15th June 2012
Ontario approves trans discrimination protections 5
9:31 AM — Lawmakers in the Canadian province of Ontario voted to protect people from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity this week.
13th June 2012
Trans gay activist believed to have been brutally murdered in South Africa 14
2:02 PM — Several reports have been circulating about a transgender and gay man brutally murdered after a homophobic and transphobic attack in South Africa.