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America Pretends There Are Only Two Genders, But Did You Know The Navajo Honor Four?

By Dylan Hock on January 17, 2016   America has been pretty up-tight when it comes to gender roles for a long time, now, but that wasn’t always the case. The Navajo have long recognized four different gender identities, rather than two, and those who don’t fall into traditional, puritanical Eurocentric notions of gender identity are revered, rather than ostracized, or even killed, as was the case of Fred Martinez, the “youngest victim of a hate crime ever,” and the subject of the 2009 PBS documentary “Two Spirits.” “The masculine and feminine are oftentimes reflected so completely in the...

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Single-sex schools ‘must adapt for transgender pupils’

By Judith Burns Education reporter in Liverpool 6 April 2016 Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Single sex schools face particular issues in accommodating transgender students, a conference has heard Single-sex schools must find a way to accommodate pupils who come out as transgender, a teachers’ union conference has heard. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has voted to lobby for better training on the issue for school staff. Schools were “ill-prepared” for such issues, one teacher told the gathering. But practical steps to modify changing facilities, toilets and uniforms are straightforward, say teachers with experience of supporting these pupils. Graham Easterlow, a teacher at residential school in North Yorkshire for boys with learning disabilities, said one of his pupils came out as a transgender female during the past academic year. “The interesting thing is that I don’t think it was difficult for the pupil. The pupil was absolutely aware – she was extremely clear and knew exactly how she wanted to identify,” he said. ‘Ill-prepared’ “The challenge came when we realised that the school was facing an issue for the first time and there was no precedence. There was no process to support that particular coming out. “That’s the difficulty. Schools are ill-prepared. And there is a blind spot on that particular issue.” Mr Easterlow suggested a “strong, open dialogue” with the young person themselves, with questions...

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Lloyds extends healthcare to cover gender reassignment

Vicki Arnstein   9 May 2016   Move hailed as important step for recruiting and retaining trans talent Lloyds Banking Group has become the first UK organisation to extend its staff healthcare plans to cover gender dysphoria, in a move that campaign groups say more employers should emulate. Staff at Lloyds Banking Group – which owns Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Scottish Widows – can now access gender reassignment surgery through their company health insurance policy. A Lloyds spokesperson said: “Lloyds Banking Group has extended its private medical benefits service to include cover for gender dysphoria. The...

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BBC NEWS Reports the US Justice Department has Filed a Lawsuit Against North Carolina

The US Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against North Carolina over its controversial anti-LGBT law, calling it “state-sponsored discrimination”. The law requires people to use public toilets that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificate. It also invalidated several local anti-discrimination measures that protected gay and transgender people. North Carolina announced on Monday it would sue the Justice Department over its attempt to nullify the law. “What this law does is inflict further indignity on a population that has suffered far more than its fair share,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said of transgender people. “We see...

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More than one third of trans employees have ‘quit their job due to work discrimination’

 36% of transgender workers have quit their job Zlata Rodionova Thursday 14 April 2016 Nearly 40 per cent of trans workers said discrimination was most likely to come from colleagues Getty Images More than one third of transgender employees have left their job because of discrimination at the office, a new report has found. Some 36 per cent of transgender workers have quit their job and as much as 60 per cent have experienced some form of transphobic discrimination in the workplace according to a research by Totaljobs, a UK jobs website, which surveyed 450 transgender employees in March...

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