Transgender woman in landmark legal battle to ‘forget’ her identity as a man

(Daily Mail) A person who has undergone a sex change is fighting a legal battle for the right to have her previous identity as a man officially ‘forgotten’.

The case of C, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is being seen as a landmark case concerning the rights of transgender persons across the UK.

The 44-year-old, from the Greater London area, is challenging the legality of the Government’s retention and use of personal information which reveals she was once male.

Her case centres on the data held on her by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as a long-term unemployed person in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance.

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Officer fights dismissal for dressing as a woman

(The Local) A police officer from Venice who was fired in 2006 for dressing as a woman may soon be able to return to the force, as well as claim damages, after a court ruled he was suffering from a “disease”.

Giorgio Asti, 53, has been out of work, living with his elderly parents and surviving off their pension since being fired from the police after being seen walking around Venice “wearing a skirt and earrings”, the Veneto edition of Corriere reported earlier this week.

“Yes, I dress like a woman but I’m not gay, nor transsexual. I feel like a true police officer. I’ve liked women’s clothes ever since I was a child,” Asti said in an interview with Corriere in March 2007.

Asti’s case will now be reassessed after the regional administrative court upheld his appeal and ruled he is suffering from “gender identity disorder”.

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Man jailed over blackmail threat to reveal transgender woman’s background

(Northern Echo) A TAXI passenger tried to profit from the chance find of a mobile phone by threatening to make public the owner’s transgender history.

But Jamie Devlin’s attempt to coerce the owner into paying £200 for the return of the phone landed him behind bars, after he fell for a police trap.

Unknown to Devlin, the victim reported his threats and a ‘rendezvous’ was arranged for the return of the phone and payment of the extortion money.

But, after revealing what he would be wearing for the handover, police were waiting for Devlin at the appointed time and location, in Dipton, near Stanley, and he was arrested.

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Transgender Latinas’ stories reveal how much intolerance they still endure

(The Guardian) In downtown Manhattan same sex marriages have become beautifully normal. No longer are they celebrated for their rarity, they are simply celebrated as any wedding is: in whatever manner the couple wants.

Go only five or 10 miles away, to the poorer parts of New York City, and things are dramatically different.

In these communities many LGBT people face an abusive environment. Getting married to someone of the same sex is almost unimaginable. Instead, the LGBT community is still fighting a more primary battle – for basic acceptance of their identities, and to convince their families and friends to let them remain a part of their communities.

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Bradley Manning: ‘I want to be a woman’

(BBC NEWS) Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked secret US government documents to the Wikileaks website, has announced he wants to become a woman.

“I am Chelsea Manning,” Manning, 25, said in a statement provided to NBC’s Today programme. “I am a female.”

He said he had felt female since childhood, wanted at once to begin hormone therapy, and wished to be addressed as Chelsea.

He has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for crimes including espionage.

Manning’s struggles with his identity formed a key part of his defence through his weeks-long court martial.

Defence witnesses, including therapists who had treated Manning, testified he had said he wanted to transition to being a woman, suggesting his problems with his gender identity affected his mental health.

US military prosecutors, meanwhile, described Manning as a notoriety-seeking traitor and asked for a 60-year sentence in order to deter future intelligence leakers.

Manning, who grew up in the US state of Oklahoma and in Wales, joined the Army in 2009 to help pay for university and, according to court martial defence testimony, to rid himself of his desire to become a woman. Trained as an intelligence analyst, he was deployed to Iraq in 2010.

There, he became disillusioned with the war and felt increasingly isolated from his friends and family. In May of that year, he initiated what subsequently became one of the largest leaks of classified US government documents ever – hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and battlefield reports from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Manning has said he hoped the documents would change the world by sparking a debate about US foreign policy and the military. Since his conviction he has apologised for his actions.

At his court martial, Manning’s former Army supervisor testified Manning had sent him a photograph of himself wearing a blond wig and lipstick.

Original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23798253

UK government removes protection for trans children in school

From Gay Star News: The UK government has removed protection for trans individuals in education. Following a public outrage at the re-introduction by a number of UK schools and academies of Section 28 style policies, there is further controversy over a decision by the Department for Education (DfE) to remove ‘gender identity’ from its guidelines on teaching the national curriculum.

Equalities educator Alice Hoyle, on her blog Sex Edukation, exposed how the current draft of the National Curriculum Document has been altered from a previous version in February.

In the earlier draft, it said: ‘4.2 Teachers should take account of their duties under equal opportunities legislation that covers disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, gender identity, and religion or belief.’

But now, it has been amended to read: ‘Teachers should take account of their duties under equal opportunities legislation that covers disability, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.’

When asked why gender identity had been removed from the equalities statement, a Department for Education spokesman told GSN: ‘Teachers are best-placed to understand the needs of their pupils and to tailor their programme to reflect the needs of their pupils.’

A number of trans individuals and trans allies have expressed extreme disquiet at this decision by the DfE.

Read the whole article here: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uk-government-removes-protection-trans-children-school210813

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