Posts Tagged ‘gender identity’

How D.C. Hospitals Fail Trans Patients

Two years ago, Roberta, a 59-year-old Arlington County resident, reported to Virginia Hospital Center for a breast-cancer screening. “There’s a man here to have a mammogram!” a clinician announced across the room when she arrived for her appointment.
Roberta is not a man—she’s a transgender woman who began publicly transitioning from male to female six years [...]

How Clear Do Anti-Discrimination Policies Need to Be?

Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign published its 2010 Healthcare Equality Index, which rates the policies of hospitals around the U.S. on their efforts at LGBT inclusion. This year, the HRC determined that all D.C.-area hospitals it surveyed failed its preliminary test: They don't mention sexual orientation and gender identity in their patient anti-discrimination policies. But [...]

D.C.-Area Hospitals Fail HRC’s LGBT Healthcare Ratings

The Human Rights Campaign has released its 2010 Healthcare Equality Index, which rates healthcare providers on their policies toward the LGBT community. The HRC's press release was not impressed. It kicks off: "new healthcare equality analysis from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation found that no healthcare facilities in the Washington, D.C., metro area [...]

Sexist Beatdown: Retrosexual Menaissance Edition

Exhibit A: This Man stopped wearing Hot Topic at an appropriate age.
Recently, Sady Doyle discerned the social issue that would define our generation:
The chicks today, they get to do so many things! Why, they can vote, and attend colleges, and even drink and smoke in public! These chicks: An alarming number of them [...]

Should We Remember Mike Penner or Christine Daniels?

Mike Penner, then presenting as Christine Daniels, with Autumn Sandeen
On Saturday, Nov. 28, Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner was found dead in his Los Angeles home, the victim of an apparent suicide. Penner had been covering the sports beat for the LA Times since 1983. But the writer's public profile skyrocketed in April of [...]

How the AP Stylebook Fails Transgender Subjects

The Associated Press Stylebook sets a fairly helpful standard for media coverage of transgender subjects. According to the AP "sex changes" entry, reporters are to:
Use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics (by hormone therapy, body modification, or surgery) of the opposite sex and present themselves in a way that [...]

Who Botched the Gender Identity of a D.C. Homicide Victim?

Vigil attendees pay their respects to Tyli'a Mack.
On Wednesday, Aug. 26, one person was killed and another critically injured in a daytime stabbing outside 209 Q St. NW. In the hours following the homicide, police and reporters gathered witness testimony, formed a description of the suspect, and chased likely motives. This time, cops and journalists [...]

House to Vote on Hate Crimes Prevention Act Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, the U.S. House will vote on HR 1913, the "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act." Also known as the "Matthew Shepard Act," it would add the categories of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability to federal hate crime legislation.
The Human Rights Campaign is urging you to voice your support of the bill [...]

Transgender Activists Honored For Work With D.C. Jail

Local transgender advocacy group the D.C. Trans Coalition will be honored with a "Distinguished Service Award" from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) on Wednesday.
Last month, I wrote about DCTC's most recent victory: its campaign to change the D.C. Jail's policy for housing transgender inmates. Admittedly: the new policy, which makes it possible for [...]

The United Arab Emirates Doesn’t Like My Haircut

A typical short American hairstyle
The United Arab Emirates has launched a campaign to raise awareness among girls of "the dangers of appearing as men," and "emphasizing the virtues of being female." The campaign is titled "Pardon me, I'm a girl."
Why does the UAE need to encourage girls to be girls? Well, "Locals attest to a [...]

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