Every year in Philadelphia there's a free three-day conference solely devoted to trans health and well-being. GLAAD's Faith Issues Intern, Jay Pulitano, went last week. The following is a reflection of his experience.
Last Wednesday, the Boston Globe reported that the Boston City Council unanimously passed an ordinance, proposed by Councilors Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley, to guarantee healthcare, from gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy to mental health services, for transgender municipal employees and their dependents.
Today, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Legal Aid Society, and Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Health on behalf of two transgender women who have been denied access to medically necessary healthcare under a discriminatory Medicaid regulation.
For the second time in as many weeks, the Wall Street Journal has erred on covering LGBT issues, particularly transgender issues. Most recently in an article about asylum seekers from Honduras, writer Joel Millman paints a picture of an easy pipeline to asylum that unfairly favors LGBT applicants. The article trivializes the risk to LGBT people, writing “In some ways there's no better time to be gay in Honduras.”
United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay spoke yesterday about the significance of LGBT World Cup players coming out to foster visibility and understanding, and urging closeted players to come out.
When Alessandra Bernaroli, a transgender woman in Italy, officially changed her name and gender on her identity card, the Bologna court forced a divorce with her wife, also named Alessandra. Their appeal for the divorce got turned down, but Italy's high court has now overturned the initial ruling.
Changing one's name can be one of the most meaningful steps for a trans or gender nonconforming person in expressing and validating who they are. Religious congregations and individuals from around the country have recognized this and have developed naming ceremonies to honor what can be such an important milestone.