Last Thursday, trans people had yet another important win in the courts. A court in Pennsylvania ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA can cover gender dysphoria , a condition that many trans people have. Courts have already said— repeatedly —that sex discrimination laws bar anti-trans discrimination, but this is the first time that a court said that transgender people are protected by the federal disability law too. While some trans people have successfully won cases using state disability laws, courts have generally said that the ADA, the federal disability law, bars people from suing over anti-trans discrimination. And now, the court reached that conclusion too.
Breakthrough: Americans with Disabilities Act Can’t Exclude Gender Dysphoria
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Whenever, wherever on this earth, we will find people who contravene gender boundaries. I'm not talking about the small ways of 'queering' gender, such as the lesbian separatists who wore dungarees in the s. I mean the big ways: not just queering gender, but crossing gender. I mean the drive that makes people risk so much to represent a gender they feel is theirs, and yet is very different to the social, cultural and legal expectations of their birth sex. Whatever culture, country or epoch you choose to research, you will find a history of individuals who, if they lived now, we might now refer to as trans people. We must be careful with our words. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first use of 'androgyne' was recorded in , but it has only been in the last 10 years that people have claimed it for themselves to describe a state of being in-between, or having both genders.
Norway set to make changing gender easier with 'breakthrough' bill
People who want to change gender in Norway may no longer be required to undergo any surgery or physical transformation if a ground-breaking healthcare bill gets the go-ahead. Since the s, gaining official gender reassignment in Norway has involved psychiatric exams, hormone treatment and surgery resulting in irreversible sterilisations. But our current system for changing legal gender is unacceptable and has been unchanged for nearly 60 years.