Zuri has written 42 posts for Transgender Network Tampa

Transgender Student Suspended Over Bathroom Use

It always seems to come back to the right to pee without issue.  The Advocate reports about a 16 year old high school student recently suspended for three days for using the bathroom appropriate for her gender identity: Two transgender high school students in Fort Collins, Colo., say they have been forbidden to use student … Continue reading

Torso Found In Detroit Identified As Missing Transgender Teen

As reported in The Detroit News: The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed the death of 19-year-old Shelley Hilliard, a transgender teen also known as Treasure, after her mother identified her torso this morning. The teen, who was born Henry Hilliard, went missing in the early hours of Oct. 23 and was last seen … Continue reading

IRS Allows Tax Deduction On Gender Reassignment Surgery

As announced on the Human Right’s Campaign’s blog, the IRS on Wednesday “announced its intent to formally agree, termed a “notice of acquiescence,” with an historic 2010 decision of the U.S. Tax Court that overturned IRS policy disallowing tax deductions for medical care related to gender transition.” The full announcement can be viewed on the … Continue reading

California Governor Signs Two Trans Rights Bills Into Law

The Transgender Law Center has issued a press release in regards to California Governor Brown having just signed two important transgender rights bills into law: The first, the Gender Nondiscrimination Act, brings transgender rights out of the closet in California – making “gender identity and expression” its own protected category at work, at school, in … Continue reading

Feds Revise Medical Guidelines For Trans Inmates

Reported by the Associated Press: Transgender inmates who did not begin treatment prior to entering federal custody can now receive hormones, specialized mental health counseling and possibly gender reassignment surgery while they are in prison, according to new rules adopted by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons as part of a court settlement. A May 31 … Continue reading

“Transsexual versus Transgender Intervention” by Julia Serano

Unfortunately, in politically heated transgender circles, the argument about Transsexual versus Transgender inevitably comes up.  Words fly, and usually people end up saying a lot of incredibly busted things.  The idea of being a “real” trans person gets bandied about, and people’s gender identities get thrown by the wayside as what essentially resorts to namecalling … Continue reading

Transgender Firefighter in NYC

The New York Post reports that the NYFD has welcomed it’s first openly transgender firefighter, referred to only as “Brooke”.  Though formerly on a hook and ladder crew, she is currently working a desk position with the NYFD. “I am appreciative of the support that the FDNY has given me during this time in my … Continue reading

Help Cece MacDonald!

From Support Cece at wordpress.com (TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR TRANSPHOBIC, RACIST VIOLENCE): Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald is a young African American transgender woman charged with “second degree murder” after an incident that began when she was violently attacked because of her gender and race. CeCe is a creative and energetic person who, before her life was so … Continue reading

Hunting Trans Prostitutes Isn’t “Heinous Enough” For D.A.

A San Francisco District Attorney has decided that not only is hunting down transgender women to assault, rape and murder isn’t a hate crime, it’s also not “heinous enough” to warrant the death penalty. This isn’t the first time Donzell Francis is in trouble with the law in regards to transgender women: Donzell Francis, 42, … Continue reading

NCTE: Medicare Benefits for Transgender Patients

The National Center for Transgender Equality recently posted a new resource compiling information on Medicare coverage for transgender medical and transition needs. The new resource explains that, while Medicare does not cover sex reassignment surgery, it does cover medically necessary hormone therapy and routine preventive care, regardless of the gender marker in one’s records. It also details how to navigate … Continue reading

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