News of interest to the
From 2015-JUN to the end of 2015
2015-JUN-26: U.S. Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage (a.k.a. same-sex marriage):
The High Court ended a two and a half decade conflict by legalizing same-sex marriage almost everywhere in the country. Some southern states were slow to respond. Same-sex couples in some states had to go to an adjacent county in order to find a clerk willing to issue them a marriage license. Some couples had to shop around to find an officiant to marry them. But by the end of 2015, couples were able to marry in every state, district, and territory of the United States with the exception of American Samoa. People who live in that territory are considered American residents, not citizens. Thus they do not benefit from all of the benefits of the American Constitution. The decision of the Supreme Court may not apply to lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons there. It may take a court case to resolve the situation.
Religious, social, and political conservative groups almost instantly redirected their efforts away from preventing marriage equality and towards depriving transgender and transsexual individuals of equal rights. LGBT equality groups followed by redirecting much of their efforts into seeking equality for transgender persons. More details.
2015-JUL-09: Kentucky Legislature considered and abandoned anti-transgender "bathroom bill":
The legislature considered a "Kentucky Student Privacy Act" that would limit the use of school bathrooms. Students would have to use the washrooms that matched their birth-identified gender. They would not be able to use the facility for the gender that they identify with. So, students who were registered at birth as male but who identified later in life as female, would have to use the male washroom, and vice-versa.
The bill provided that students who used the bathroom of the gender with which they identify could be sued by other students for damages of up to $2,500.
State Senator C.B. Embry (R, District 6) sponsored the bill. It died in committee when Embry withdrew it over concerns about its constitutionality.
2015-DEC-15: Canada: Child, Youth and Family Gender Identity Clinic to close in Toronto:
Jake Pyne, writing or the Toronto Star news paper, said:
For almost 40 years, the clinic treated children as young as three years old who were gender-different in some way, using a range of psychological techniques to, essentially, try to convince them not to be [transgender]. ... parents were enlisted to modify their child and especially to steer them away from being transgender. This approach is now linked to a range of dismal outcomes, including a staggering rate of suicidal behaviour. ... Current best practices advise that young people be supported to explore their gender and that parents learn how to offer acceptance.
The previous CAMH model is also inconsistent with provincial and international human rights guidelines, and in June of this year Ontario Bill 77 made it an act of misconduct for a health professional to attempt to alter the gender expression or identity of a minor." 6
Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) clearly had two options:
- To update their therapy model by two decades in order to match that of the rest of the world's main transgender clinics, reduce the suicide rate among their patients, save many lives, and help children cope with their gender dysphoria, or
- To close down the Gender Identity Clinic, and deprive their clients of treatment. Untreated, their suicide rate would almost certainly soar.
For no obvious reason, they chose to close the clinic.
More developments are inevitable
The following information sources
were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Governor Announces Changes in Health Insurance Access for Transgender Community," The Rainbow Times, 2014-JUN-20, at: http://www.therainbowtimesmass.com/
- Ellie Bradford, "My Transgender Journey | Before And After," You Tube, 2015-JUN-20, at: https://www.youtube.com/
- Don Thompson, "Judge orders CA to pay for inmate’s sex change," KOIN-TV, 2015-APR-02, at: http://koin.com/
- "Judge orders prisoner sex change paid by citizens," Culture News, 2015-APR-04, at: http://culturecampaign.blogspot.ca/
- Milton J. Valencia, "Judge orders Mass. to pay for inmate’s sex-change surgery," Boston Globe, 2012-SEP-04, at: http://www.bostonglobe.com/
- Jake Pyne, "Discredited treatment of trans kids at CAMH shouldn't shock us," The Toronto Star, 2015-DEC-17, at: http://www.thestar.com/
- "The K-12 Binary: Schools are becoming ground zero for clashes over transgender rights," The Atlantic, 2015-JUL-09, at: http://www.theatlantic.com/
Copyright © 2014 & 2015 by Ontario Consultants on
Initial posting: 2014-JUN-08
Latest update: 2015-APR-05
Author: B.A. Robinson