This transgender woman faced abuse in a men’s jail despite UK law The UK’s Prison Service broke the law and its own policy to jail a trans woman in a male prison Trans woman was held in male prison. 25 August 2017 by Jane Fa The Prison Service kept a trans woman in a male jail, even after the UK legally recognized her as a woman. We are calling the woman XT for legal reasons. Prison officials put her in a segregated in a dirty, unsanitary cell in a male prison for several months. The Prison Service ignored all requests for a transfer, despite its own guidelines. XT’s story XT was assigned male at birth. However, she lived in her female gender identity for many years. Then, in 2013, a court convicted and imprisoned her for a firearms offence. Prison officials then placed her in an all-male environment. They did not try to establish her gender identity. And they did not hold a ‘case conference’. That is in spite of their own guidelines in force at the the time. These stated: ‘Where there are issues to be resolved, a case conference must be convened and a multi-disciplinary risk assessment should be completed to determine how best to manage a transsexual prisoner’s location.’ Worse followed. XT was placed in the segregation unit at the male prison from May 2014 to July...Read More
Michael Walsh Reporter August 24, 2017 White House sends guidance for the president’s transgender military ban Riley Dosh, 22, of St. Paul, Minn., became the first openly transgender graduate of West Point in May. She dreamed of becoming an air defense artillery officer shooting down intercontinental ballistic missiles to defend the country she loves. “That was the dream job with the Army. That’s what I wanted to do,” she told Yahoo News. Now it seems that all her military training has been for naught. Faced with President Trump’s impending ban, which would prevent transgender people from serving in the armed forces “in any capacity,” she’s thinking about becoming a math teacher or perhaps a data analyst. On her graduation, she received her diploma and an honorable discharge. In the coming days, as the Wall Street Journal first reported, the Pentagon will receive a two-and-a-half page memo with instructions for executing the White House’s new policy: Deny applications from transgender people, stop paying for current transgender service members’ medical treatment and consider “deployability” when deciding whether to remove current members from the military. According to the report, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will be given six months to prepare before fully implementing the administration’s ban. Harper Jean Tobin, the director of policy for the National Center for Transgender Equality, told Yahoo News it’s striking that Trump is expected to roll out his administration’s...Read More
COMMENT AND OPINION Gender Recognition Act and the road to self-declaration By Rachel Reese16 August 2017 History When the Gender Recognition Act passed in 2004, it was thought to be a state-of-the-art piece of legislation. Transgroups worked tirelessly to ensure that the government implemented the Act, which would allow transgender people to change their legal gender marker and be recognised in law as belonging to their new gender. I transitioned from male to female years before the Act and was fast-tracked through the process to obtain my Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). On obtaining my GRC, I applied for a new...Read More
“I can’t do it,” she said, line crackling slightly. I could still hear her voice break. “It’s too horrible.” This is the only conversation I had with my wife before our wedding in which she cried, despite the thousands of stressors and disagreements over tiny things like flower arrangements and bridesmaid dresses. And it is still, to this date nearly 5 years on, the only conversation we’ve ever had about her attempt to get a Gender Recognition Certificate. All she wanted was for our marriage to be considered a gay marriage, not a straight one. By this point she’d...Read More
AN ACTIVIST FROM THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS, RESPONDS TO THE ASSERTIONS THAT THE REFORMS TO THE GENDER RECOGNITION ACT ARE IN CONTRADICTION TO THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS.
GUEST WRITER CHAY BROWN There’s a worrying trend developing in the press and in certain parts of the trade union movement. It’s a threat to people’s rights and it’s a threat to people’s well-being. The trend that I’m referring to is not a “trend” of being transgender – trans people and trans identities have been documented throughout history and across cultures. Being transgender is not a trend. The trend to which I am referring is the trend towards promoting attitudes and publishing articles that claim to be promoting women’s rights, but are actually vehicles for thinly-veiled transphobia. I had...Read More