While there have been recent transgender rights victories for students in California and Colorado, there are also plenty of roadblocks in guaranteeing equal representation and protection.
Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that will protect the rights of transgender students, a move many LGBTQ activists hope will spur the passage of similar legislation in other states across the nation.
The new version of the bill would no longer make going to the “wrong” bathroom a criminal act, but it would allow business owners to tell transgender individuals “You can’t go in there,” in the words of the bill’s sponsor.
After notable progress on protecting equal rights one might be excused for thinking that Latin America is an accepting and safe place to live for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people. That would be the wrong conclusion.
Twenty states now have laws prohibiting gender discrimination against LGBT people. However, that still means that 30 states do not.
Coercive sterilizations and castration are at the extreme end of a spectrum that also includes criminal sanctions for drug use during pregnancy and barring LBGT individuals from in-vitro fertilization services and adoption, as well as a host of other policies geared at making pregnancy and parenting difficult for those deemed unworthy.
Reusing condoms due to lack of availability in Kenya, Governor McDonnell signs TRAP law in Virginia, North Dakota pushes abstinence-until-marriage, and looking at discrimination of transgendered persons.
inadvertently finds out that my brother is transgendered, the slew of questions
inevitably begins. “Why did he transition? What was he like as a girl? Did you
think there was something wrong with him?”
An all-women pharmacy in Vancouver sounds like a great resource if you’re a bio-woman, but what about the population of transgender sex workers that are in need of safer sex education and, potentially, rape counseling?
Decriminalization of homosexuality by the Delhi High Court gives hope to advocates for equality throughout the globe. Still, much work needs to be done to eradicate discrimination in daily life.