Blog Posts from June 2009
The first Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) bill that would create a federal law prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was introduced into Congress fifteen years ago. Fifteen years feels like a very long time given the progress that has been made generally on LGBT social issues and understanding during that same time span.
Today’s WPATH symposium wrapped up with a plenary session on human rights. My role was to talk about the legal, medical, and ethical responsibility that all health care providers have to provide appropriate and adequate documentation to ensure that their transgender patients can secure proper identity documents. The WPATH Standards of Care and public policy statements make crystal clear that there is no one specific surgery that constitutes sex reassignment surgery so that any surgeon who performs any of the multitude of procedures that constitute sex-reassignment must provide a properly worded letter to that patient documenting the experience.
Dagfinn Hoybraten, Norway’s former minister of Health and current leader of the Christian Democratic Party spoke at yesterday’s plenary session at the Biennial Symposium of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health currently taking place in Oslo. He had some basic but eloquent things to say about transgender people and the humane provision of health care to the community.
Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi blogs from Oslo at the Biennial Symposium of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. First up: debating whether or not the diagnosis of gender identity disorder (GID) should be included within the DSM.
Wendy Kaminer blogs at the Atlantic about GLAD’s DOMA challenge:
What a beautiful day for Boston Pride 2009! We had a great group of marchers: staff, board, current and former plaintiffs, supporters and volunteers, and several first-time marchers.