A dose of inspiration. The passing of 99 year old trans woman Robina Asti. When Asti was 92, she enlisted the aid of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project for help in securing survivor’s benefits that had been denied to her by the US Social Security Administration. Not only did she receive her benefits, her challenge prompted the Social Security Administration to change its policy regarding transgender spouses.
USA – January 2021
The detoxification of American life continues. “Transgender service members will no longer be subject to the possibility of discharge or separation on the basis of gender identity,” the Biden White House said.
The White House also released its new contact form, which includes the option for users to select their pronouns of choice.
The revamped website allows users to select from a dropdown list of pronouns which include “he/him”, “she/her”, the gender-neutral “they/them” or “prefer not to share”.
The contact form has also been updated to include the gender-neutral prefix Mx, alongside the more traditional Mr, Mrs and Ms.
USA On Monday, June 15, 2020, the US Supreme Court ruled by a majority of six to three that to fire someone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity was a form of sex discrimination, and therefore illegal.
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Iceland (September, 2019)
The Spartacus Gay Travel Index rates Iceland as one of the most LGBTQ friendly places in the world. The index uses research from Human Rights Watch, the UN Free & Equal campaign, and information about human rights abuses against members of the LGBTQ+ community collected throughout the past year. This opinion piece from the Guardian shows how in Iceland women’s rights and trans rights are regarded as not just compatible, but complementary.
Bangladesh (July 2019)
Historically, the Hijra occupied an almost mythical place in South Asian society. They belonged to their own holy caste and held a range of diverse and important ceremonial roles. These roles diminished as colonial influences took hold. Now with the rise of fundamentalism and weak political leadership, one of the oldest third gender communities in the world is harassed and oppressed.
Armenia: Lilit Martirosyan (June 2019)
Argentina – Poland (in Books, July 2018)