Lauren Grey didn't think much about the gender recorded on her Illinois driver's license until she went to test-drive a new car. Although she had been living as a woman for months and easily obtained a license with her new name and a picture reflecting her feminine appearance, Grey's ID still identified her as male, puzzling the salesmen and prompting uncomfortable questions.
A decision to legally recognize a transgender as a woman three years ago might be revoked by authorities in the southern province of Binh Phuoc because of its “illegality”. The provincial authorities have also proposed disciplinary action against the officials who approved this decision. >>>
The transgender community in western Tamil Nadu is upset with the inordinate delay in getting sex reassignment surgeries done at Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH). In Coimbatore district alone, there are more than 350 transgenders who are awaiting their turn for free sex change surgery at the hospital. Since such a surgery cost more than a lakh rupee in private hospitals, poor and socially discriminated transgender people have no option but to wait for their turn for free surgery at CMCH.
The story of Gold Coast surfing legend Peter Drouyn who announced he planned to undergo a sex change in Thailand in 2009, has hit the limelight again. American film production company Westward Productions recently announced it planned to make a documentary about Peter and his alter-ego, Westerly Windina and film the operation Peter was about to undergo to become a "full woman."
For 14 long years, Shaheen lived the life of a young girl. But things changed when her facial skin began to turn bristly with coarse, man-like hair. Shaheen’s family panicked. For two years, Shaheen’s new identity has caused them to lead a life of stigma. The brunt, of course, is borne by the victim: “I am neither woman nor man. I cannot work out of home or marry. It is a miserable existence,” said Shaheen while talking to The Express Tribune.
On August 15, President Benigno Aquino III signed into law the act authorizing the office of city/municipal civil registrar or consul general to correct clerical or typographical errors in a person’s birth records without a court order. However, it was made clear that those who’d undergone sex change won’t be able to officially record their preferred gender. >>>
The possibility of loosening regulations defining transsexual people is being considered after the Presidential Office’s Human Rights Consultation Committee said a panel of experts would be invited to discuss the feasibility of such a move, the Department of Health said.
Next month, the city will get its first Gender Reassignment Clinic at Kolkilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Andheri. The clinic will cater to those who suffer from dysphoria – a gender identity disorder. Such patients face a conflict between their actual gender and the gender they identify with -- and want to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
The Bombay High Court today heard the plea of Bidhan Barua, a youngster from Guwahati who wants to undergo a sex change operation. In his plea, Bidhan seeks to restrain his parents, who are reportedly attempting to stop the surgery. The court today said, "He (Bidhan) is an adult and can take his own decision. There is no law which prohibits sex change operation."
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is encouraging trans activists behind a wave of online petitions calling for improved Medicare coverage of sex reassignment surgery, to focus on lobbying the federal health minister.
Bidhan Barua, 21, on Wednesday, wrote to the chief justice of the Bombay high court seeking permission to kill himself as the court has not yet issued a restraining order against his parents, who are opposing his sex change surgery. Bidhan had run away from his family in Guwahati in March this year and come to Mumbai to get the surgery done. Doctors at Safiee hospital, Charni Road, had agreed to do it on April 2 but hesitated after his father served them a legal notice. >>>
Twenty-one-year-old Guwahati student Bidhan Barua, who feels he is a woman trapped in man's body, on Wednesday threatened to commit suicide after the Bombay High Court refused to hear his petition urging for a direction to his parents to allow him undergo a sex change operation. >>>
I met with a dear old friend who was visiting the country, now every inch a real lady, and happily married. Classified by society as a transvestite, “Ramona” gamely talks about her life, her heart song, and what she calls “the best money I’ve ever spent.”
15/03/2011 | ILGA Communication Team Asia
Getting hit and spit on was usual for a young Arab-Christian woman from the central region of Israel, only because she was born male. "The treatment Avir got set a precedent," says The Aguda's social worker Shlomi Eingr. >>>
Dr Venkatesan Chakrapani, Policy and Research Adviser,
Indian Network of People living with HIV (INP+) presented some
challenges and what could be done to realize the right to health for MSM and transgender people. >>>