Sweden will no longer sterilise transgender
edpatients after a law banning the practice entered into force on Thursday, but many who have already undergone a sex change are now seeking damages from the state. The Stockholm administrative court of appeal recently ruled that the practice of forced sterilisations, which dated back to a 1972 law on sexual identity, was unconstitutional and in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
In its December 19th decision, the court said the law did not respect civil liberties as guaranteed by the constitution, and was discriminatory since it solely targeted transgender people. The law stated that a person who wanted to change sex legally must be infertile. In practice, this lead to transgendered patients being sterilised, as they had to go through with the entire process including gender reassignment surgery in order to have their ID documents changed.
Some Swedes chose to wait to change sex legally in order to have their own biological children. LGBT rights organisation All Out hand delivered 80,000 protest signatures to the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in January 2012, the Global Post reports.
The new ban on the practice entered into force on Thursday after an appeal period ended, judge Helen Lidö said. The government had planned on removing the sterilisation requirement on July 1st, 2013 but the ruling sets legal precedent from now on.
i hope they get sued to high hell.
What this article doesn’t mention is they weren’t allowed to keep any frozen sperm or ova either.
Christina Mavuma: Why she kicks ass
- She is a trans activist from Botswana who is apart of the Rainbow Identity Association (RIA), and works with Health Lens; a program that provides services to primary care practices and gives independent physicians an opportunity to engage in meaningful change. It has been described as a movement of change, helping to reshape the role of primary care, and to sustain the cognitive art of medicine.
- Her project is looking into transgender women and health care system. She was motivated by the fact that most trans women here cannot get formal jobs and therefore cannot afford private health care.
- “So many trans women find it difficult to access health care from the state clinics or hospitals, as the doctors and nurses there are discriminatory and very judgemental, most painful thing is there are not knowledgeable to trans issues. Even though the services are available they are not user-friendly to the LGBTI community and matters worse for the transgender community as the medical cards are genderised blue card for boys and pink card for girls and this card is given to you after you produce identity card.”
- The intended outcome of this project is to have doctors and nurses to treat all people with respect including trans or intersex people. It is meant to start dialogues between the doctors and the trans community.
- She is also involved with The Exchange Program, which is a partnership between Gender DynamiX in South Africa and SIPD in Uganda. This program is aimed at capacitating emerging transgender activists in South Africa and the East African region. Participants get together twice annually to discuss relevant, burning issues on the agenda for the region.
Here is a wonderful positive video with Janet Mock and Isis King. Two beautiful transwomen of color who are in the entertainment industry. Here they are having a conversation about transwomen in the media. Harmony Santana and Laverne Cox, two more transwomen of color, both make an appearance.
Ruby Jade Corado: Why she kicks ass
- She is a founding member of the D.C. Trans Coalition and runs her own LGBT Latin@ organization, Latin@s En Accion.
- With a group of friends and activists she created and runs the group “Creando Espacios”, sponsored by La Clínica Del Pueblo, where for the past ten years, many transgender activists have learned advocacy, public speaking and outreach skills. She also created El Proyecto “Casa Ruby”, a home and work center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that are homeless and/or jobless because of being rejected by their families or by society.
- Ruby has collaborated with national organizations such as LLEGO, the National Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Organization, in which she worked to create the First Leadership Congress for Transgender Latin@s in Washington, D.C, and she collaborated in the First state wide transgender health needs assessment.
ruby is so famous.
Transsexuals and eunuchs have finally won recognition following some three years of interest shown by the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry disposed of the case and ruled that eunuchs were entitled to all the rights guaranteed in the Constitution to all citizens including the right of inheritance.
The apex court order said that eunuchs should not be deprived of their legitimate rights — particularly the right of inheritance of all movable and immovable properties and the right to adopt any profession.
The court directed that the judgment be forwarded to the chief secretaries, as well as the inspectors general of all provinces, for their information and to ensure adherence of their fundamental rights.
The issue had surfaced back in 2009 after police arrested some eunuchs by raiding a party in Taxila.
Dr Mohammad Aslam Khaki, an Islamic jurist and human rights activist, stood up for their rights upon discovery that not a single human rights group or non-governmental organisation (NGO) was working for the rights of this community in the country.
Consequently, Dr Khaki had filed a petition seeking the establishment of a commission to safeguard the rights of the transgender community.
He contended that these people were denied the right of inheritance and other fundamental rights that citizens of Pakistan enjoy.
While concluding the proceedings, the bench appreciated the appointment of focal persons among the eunuch community in all the provinces to represent the community and help address issues being faced by them.
The chief justice also directed the interior secretary and provincial police officers (PPO) to appoint a focal person in every district and tehsil to look after security-related issues of the neglected community.
In addition, the court directed all federal and provincial health and education secretaries and the chief commissioner of Islamabad to coordinate with the representatives of the transgender community in order to provide free healthcare and education to them.
In November last year, the court directed the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to speed up the process of issuing CNICs to eunuchs and later directed the Election Commission to register eunuchs as voters as well.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 26th, 2012.
Yes. Jeetay raho, Pakistan.
They aren’t *transsexuals* per se, let’s use native terminology to describe gender identities. But good on you Pakistan.
While the reports on the NTDS included details on Black, Latin@, and Asian respondents specifically, they did not include one on American Indians. So I’ve gone through the full report and made my own.
Of the total 6404 respondents, 368 (6%) marked American Indian as a race (roughly the same amount as marked Black); however, only 75 (1%) marked only American Indian. The report places all people who responded with more than one race in the category of “multiracial,” with no indication of how many of these are Native people. There is no indication as to how many people gave a tribal affiliation, or any demographic info at all about the nearly 300 people who marked American Indian in conjunction with another race.
I suspect that political issues like blood quantum may make Natives more likely to mark multiple races, yet despite this they continue to be subject to a very particular kind of discrimination and colonization. The way the survey dealt with Native respondents seems extremely problematic in light of this. Nonetheless, all numbers recorded in the survey refer to the 75 people who marked only American Indian as their race. As a result of the low sample size, the numbers should be treated cautiously. I hope that in the future someone will do a more detailed focus on Native transgender people.
- 36% of Native trans people reported losing their job due to being transgender. The unemployment rate for Native trans people is 24% (as opposed to 14% in the sample for all races and 7% in the general population).
- 12% transgender Natives reported being physically harassed by the police (the second highest rate for any race). This is twice the rate for respondents of all races.
- 38% of transgender Natives report physical harassment at school. 24% report sexual harassment, the highest of any race and twice the rate of all transgender respondents.
- 36% of Native trans people (twice the overall rate) reported having been refused medical care.
- 7.04% of trans Natives reported being HIV+ (versus .06% for all races).
- Over half of Native trans people (56%) have attempted suicide (the highest rate of any race, versus 41% overall, and 1.6% of the general US population)
- 45% of transgender Native people reported violence by a family member because of being transgender, over twice the overall average of 19%. Three-fourths reported loss of close friendships because of their gender identity.
- Homelessness is much higher among Native trans people than trans people of all races. 8% reported current homelessness (versus 1.7% overall). 33% became homeless because of discrimination or family rejection (versus 19% overall), and 30% reported eviction because of being transgender (11% overall). Nearly half (47%) of Native trans people reported being denied housing, almost 2.5 times the overall rate.
- Twice as many Native trans people (27%) as trans people of all races reported having sex with someone in exchange for having a place to stay.
- American Indians were the least likely of any race to have changed their gender on their drivers license (37%) and most likely to report changes to their drivers license being denied (16%).
- 30% of transgender Natives reported having been incarcerated, twice the overall rate.While I have tried to give a glimpse of the realities of trans Natives along the lines of the details of Black, Latin@, and Asian respondents created by the Task Force, I’m hindered by having only the data presented in their report. For instance, it appears that in the reports on individual races, they have included multiracial respondents. I would strongly urge the Task Force to take another look at the American Indian data they have and to create a similar detail for Native trans people, especially considering the data suggesting that transgender Natives have particular experiences that are worth examining on their own terms.
November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance
super useful infographic dealing with the basics of trans* awareness.
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