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Appeals Court Denies Gender Reassignment For Trans Prisoner: VIDEO

  Michelle Kosilek

The full First Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide an incarcerated transgender woman with medically-necessary gender reassignment surgery, reports Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD).

The Court of Appeals issued an initial ruling in January upholding an earlier finding that the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (DOC) engaged in a pattern of “pretense, pretext and prevarication” to deny Michelle Kosilek (above) treatment against the recommendations of multiple doctors, including those hired by the DOC itself. Born Robert Kosilek, Michelle Kosilek is serving a life sentence for the murder of her wife Cheryl (below, right) in 1990.

Cheryl KosilekThe latest decision was divided with a 3-2 majority and two sharply worded dissents.

Predicting that the case will not stand the test of time, Judge Thompson wrote:

“I am confident that I would not need to pen this dissent, over twenty years after Kosilek’s quest for constitutionally adequate medical care began, were she not seeking a treatment that many see as strange or immoral. Prejudice and fear of the unfamiliar have undoubtedly played a role in this matter’s protraction.”

Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLAD, said:

“I am appalled by this decision, which means that Michelle Kosilek will continue to be denied the life-saving medical care she needs and has been seeking for years.  

"It is difficult or impossible to imagine a decision like this one – that second-guesses every factual determination made by the trial court – in the context of any other prisoner health care case.  

"This decision is a testament to how much work remains to be done to get transgender people’s health care needs on par with others in the general public.

“There is no scientific or medical basis for denying transgender people their health care needs. The consensus position of the medical community is that surgery may sometimes be essential treatment.”

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Animated Web Series 'McTucky Fried High' To Deal With LGBT Teen Issues - VIDEO

McTucky Fried High

Premiering in January, McTucky Fried High is a new animated web series that deals with issues faced by LGBT teens such as coming out, gender identity and bullying.

The series is made by Chicago-based film student, activist, graphic designer, feminist, vegan and animator Robert Carnilius.

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Inspiring Parents Announce 'Arrival' Of 19-Year-Old Transgender Son - VIDEO

Kai Bogert

In a move that may well restore your faith in humanity, the parents of Australian transgender teenager Kai Bogert - who was born Elizabeth Anne - have placed a birth notice in their local newspaper to celebrate the “arrival” of their 19-year-old son, reports The Daily Mail. 23AA5C2200000578-2857263-This_birth_announcement_appeared_in_Tuesday_s_edition_of_Queensl-10_1417521571927

Kai’s parents Yolanda Bogert and Guy Kershaw placed the notice in yesterday’s edition of Brisbane newspaper The Courier Mail to correct their “mistake” and place a “retraction.”

The message reads:

“In 1995 we announced the arrival of our sprogget, Elizabeth Anne, as a daughter. He informs us that we were mistaken. Oops! Our bad. We would now like to present, our wonderful son – Kai Bogert. Loving you is the easiest thing in the world.”

Explaining the notice, Kai’s mother said:

“I needed to show my son I support him 100 per cent and wanted to let the world know that. It is all very new to us. Kai just told me a few days ago that he no longer wanted to live as a girl.”

Kai added:

“This last week has changed everything for me. I am still me but I am more me than I was a few days ago and feel free.”

Kai is yet to undergo gender reassignment.  His parents have now set up a transition fund.

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'Barbie Boy' Is A Heartbreaking Exploration Of Gender Identity And Childhood - WATCH

Barbieboy

Barbie Boy is a short film about a seven-year-old boy growing up, discovering his identity and working out what he should be playing with after his dad tells him dolls are for girls and learning to let go.

Winner of audience awards in film festivals worldwide, the film has also received the Alfred C. Kinsey Award for its major contribution to the discussion of gender.

Described by Rage Magazine as “the film does what a good pop song should do: it leaves you wanting more,” Barbie Boy just might make you cry.

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New Jersey School Refuses To Enroll Transgender Student as Female - VIDEO

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Rachel Pepe, a transitioning transgender student from New Jersey, has been refused permission to return to school using her new gender identity, reports The Raw Story.

Pepe last year attended Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey, but when she tried to register for classes with her new gender identity, the school district said she would have to return using her birth name “Brian.”

Rachel’s mother Angela Peters said that sending her daughter back to school as “Brian” would cause a recurrence of the crippling depression that she suffered with last year.

“She would get off the bus and just cry. Then she would go to sleep for 17 or 20 hours and refuse to go back there. Although Pepe wouldn’t share her grief, a mother knows when something was wrong.”

An official also told Peters that the school lacked the ability to accommodate Rachel and rejected her attempts to propose possible solutions.

Although Middletown Schools Superintendent William O. George said he had no knowledge of the controversy, he added that “every child is different and their education and social and emotional well being is my priority. We will work with them to find the appropriate placement.”

Last year, California passed a bill requiring schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their chosen gender identity

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Anti-Gay French Protestors Take Over Student Led Protest Against Sexism - VIDEO

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Protestors from France’s anti-gay group Manif Pour Tous hijacked a student-led protest against sexism in the western town of Nantes this week.

The protest originally sought to show male support for gender equality, but Manif Pour Tous — a group that used violent rhetoric in opposing French marriage equality — used the protest as a way to highlight their own opposition to a number of gender equality measures recently passed in France, suggesting that the real goal of gender equality class lessons is to covert Socialist plot to teach children to become gay and transgender:

The notion that gender is socially constructed is a bugbear of France's anti-gay marriage movement, which has called for "the withdrawal of the concept of gender theory from all school manuals, decrees and draft laws”…

Vincent Peillon, the education minister, said the suggestion that "we teach little boys how to become little girls" was a "totally false rumour", adding: "Don't worry, this is about education on equality between girls and boys, respect between girls and boys, that's all."

… The controversy (over gender equity lessons in schools) erupted as France's parliament approved a sweeping gender equality law, whose measures include extending paternity leave in France to six months, increasing fines for failure to reach parity in politics and business and banning "mini-Miss" beauty pageants for under 13-year-olds.

France’s new gender equality laws include penalties for those who try to prevent female access to aborition information, banning companies with male-dominated boardrooms from bidding on public contracts and fining political parties and other political organizations for failing to nominate or appoint equal numbers of female candidates.

The student protests still went off without much incident. Earlier in the school year, France’s far-right and anti-gay organizations encouraged thousands of parents to keep their kids home from school to protest the gender equality lessons.

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