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NY court removes bar to transgender name changes
By MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Associated Press Writer
November 26, 2008

ALBANY, N.Y. - A midlevel appeals court ruled Wednesday that a transgender individual can change from traditionally male to traditionally female first and middle names, regardless of potential confusion.

The case involved Earl William Golden III's petition to change names to Elisabeth Whitney Golden. A lower court had concluded the proposed change was "fraught with possible confusion." more


Gene linked to transsexualism
BBC News, Sunday, 26 October 2008

Australian researchers have identified a significant link between a gene involved in testosterone action and male transsexualism.

DNA analysis from 112 male-to-female transsexual volunteers showed they were more likely to have a longer version of the androgen receptor gene.

The genetic difference may cause weaker testosterone signals, the team reported in Biological Psychiatry. more


Transsexual wins lawsuit against Library of Congress
By Bill Mears CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN), September 19, 2008 A former Army commander who underwent a sex change operation was discriminated against by the U.S. government, a federal judge ruled Friday in an important victory for transgenders claiming bias in the workplace.

Diane Schroer won her federal lawsuit against the Library of Congress after officials backed out of a 2005 job offer when told of her intention to become a transsexual. At the time of the job interview for a position as a senior terrorism research analyst, David Schroer was a male. He had been a onetime Army Special Forces commander.

U.S. District Court Judge James Robinson said Schroer's civil rights were violated. more

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Blue Cross Wants Data, But Breaks Doctor-Patient Confidentiality
By Dee Chisamera, eFluxMedia

February 12th 2008 Blue Cross, the largest health insurer of its kind in California, has asked physicians across the state to report any “material medical history” their patients didn’t mention when they applied for insurance, including “pre-existing pregnancies”, the Los Angeles Times reports. That request however has raised a lot of questions on whether disclosing that information would violate the doctor – patient confidentiality policy. more


Calif. anti-bias bill causes stir over 'gender'
By William M. Welch, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES, December 23, 2007 Warning that boys soon will be able to use girls' bathrooms and locker rooms, social conservatives and religious groups are trying to block a California law from taking effect in January that is designed to prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender people in schools. more


Boston Children's Hospital Opens Transgender Children's Clinic
Lifesite - Niagara Falls,NY,USA

BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new clinic at Children's Hospital Boston is offering hormone treatment to young children identified as transgender to facilitate eventual surgery for a gender switch, according to a report by MassResistance May 17. more