19th July 2011
Malaysian trans woman loses court case over gender change 5
11:22 AM — A Malaysian trans woman has lost her court case to legally change her sex. Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz, 26, had sex reassignment surgery in 2008 in Thailand and hoped to obtain an identity card declaring she is female.
15th July 2011
Man pleads not guilty to New Jersey trans woman’s murder
1:39 PM — A New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a transgender model. Alrashim Chambers, 24, denies shooting Victoria Carmen White, 28, after meeting her on a night out in September last year.
8th July 2011
National transgender festival Sparkle kicks off 11
3:40 PM — The national transgender festival, Sparkle, has begun in Manchester. The festival, now in its seventh year, is the biggest event on the trans calendar and is billed as a "celebration of gender diversity".
Transgender woman told by Sainsbury’s to use disabled toilet 219
12:56 PM — A transgender woman in Surrey has described how staff at a Sainsbury's supermarket told her to use the disabled toilets instead of the women's facility. Stephanie Collins, 55, said she used the women's toilets but as she came out, a staff member stopped her and told her she should not have done.
10th June 2011
Chloe Sevigny to play transgender assassin in British series 39
3:19 PM — Actress Chloe Sevigny will play a transgender assassin in a new British mini-series. Hit And Miss will begin filming this summer and tells the story of a trans hitwoman who discovers she fathered children before transitioning.
26th May 2011
Transgender woman attacked by mob in Virginia 25
4:30 PM — A transgender woman in Virginia was attacked by a mob outside a store last Saturday afternoon. The assault follows the beating of a Maryland trans woman in a McDonald's restaurant, which was filmed by a member of staff.
Texas judge expected to void marriage of trans widow 19
2:35 PM — A judge in Texas is expected to declare a trans widow's marriage void after her husband's family launched a legal challenge. The ruling will mean that widow Nikki Araguz, who lost her firefighter husband in a blaze, will not be entitled to survivor benefits.
25th May 2011
Nevada governor signs transgender protection law 7
4:02 PM — The governor of Nevada has signed a law to protect transgender people from employment discrimination. Republican governor Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law at a ceremony in Carson City on Tuesday.
24th May 2011
Toronto parents raise ‘genderless’ baby 110
1:50 PM — A Toronto couple have revealed that they are raising their third child as 'genderless' in order to allow the baby to decide on its own gender. Kathy Witterick and David Stocker, who already have two sons aged five and two, say four-month-old Storm should be allowed to decide his/her gender when he/she grows up.
17th May 2011
Illinois trans woman sues employer over toilet ban 3
1:50 PM — A trans woman from the US state of Illinois is suing her employers for barring her from using the women's toilet. Meggan Sommerville, of Oswego, has filed two charges of discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
16th May 2011
Chaz Bono hopes to marry his girlfriend 20
2:53 PM — Chaz Bono has revealed he plans to marry girlfriend Jennifer Elia before the year is out. Speaking to Piers Morgan, the star said he and Elia had been engaged for two years but "kind of had to put things on hold a little bit" while he transitioned.
14th April 2011
Transgender group furious at BBC for ‘offensive’ Russell Howard sketch 341
4:21 PM — BBC comedy Russell Howard's Good News is under fire from transgender campaigners who say a recent sketch ridicules a "vulnerable minority". Trans Media Watch said that the sketch, based on the story of a Thai airline hiring trans women, shows trans people as "objects of ridicule [and] physical disgust."
15th March 2011
Channel 4 signs agreement to treat transgender issues sensitively 24
12:59 PM — Channel 4 has signed an agreement to treat transgender issues sensitively and accurately. The broadcaster is the first media outlet to sign Trans Media Watch's Memorandum of Understanding.
11th March 2011
Trans woman loses legal battle for breast implants 34
11:54 AM — A trans woman has lost her legal battle to have breast implants funded by the NHS. The 59-year-old patient, known as C, challenged a decision by West Berkshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) not to provide the money but the Court of Appeal ruled today that the PCT was entitled to make the refusal.
8th February 2011
Transgender woman told ‘dress as a man to find work’ 54
1:50 PM — A transgender woman claims she was told by a Jobcentre to dress as a man to find work. Tina Cook, 54, who began transition last year, used to work in the construction industry but was made redundant 18 months ago.
4th February 2011
US transgender survey finds ‘discrimination and ridicule at every turn’ 12
11:47 AM — A large-scale study of trans people in America says that almost every part of social and legal convention ridicules, abuses and discriminates against transgender people.
1st February 2011
Six trans women killed in Honduras in two months 7
5:57 PM — LGBT campaigners are calling on Honduran authorities to fully investigate the murders of six transgender women in just 60 days. According to Human Rights Watch, the first death was on November 29th and the latest took place on January 17th.
14th January 2011
Woman accused of pretending to be a man to trick women into sex
4:11 PM — A Scottish woman has been accused of tricking two women into sex by pretending to be a man. Samantha Brooks, 26, of Perthshire, is said to have posed as a man called Lee Brooks for nine years and hidden her genitals by claiming she had testicular cancer.
13th January 2011
Transgender drug dealer spared prison 17
10:53 AM — A transgender drug dealer was spared prison after a judge said placing her in a men's facility would prolong her "sexual nightmare". Jean Morris, 41, was convicted of possessing Class C drug ketamine with intent to supply.
6th January 2011
First US transgender trial judge is sworn in 8
11:23 AM — Victoria Kolakowski made history this week when she became the first trans person to be sworn in as a trial judge in the US.