Children of parents who come out as transgender later in life have some adjusting to do, but as one young interviewee said, "Despite the changes, your parent will always be the same person. Only, maybe a bit happier."
The Obama administration has directed a health insurance company to cover the wife of a federal employee.
Advocates say they believe this is the first time such coverage has been allowed.
A March 9 letter to Blue Cross Blue Shield, from Shirley Patterson, assistant director of federal employee insurance operations for the Office of Personnel Management, said that “OPM hereby withdraws any outstanding directive regarding the enrollment of Ms. Golinski’s wife, Amy C. Cunninghis, in her family health benefits plan.”
The Justice Department made the unusual request to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which is considering the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that denies federal protections to spouses of gay and lesbian federal employees.
The ruling, made public last week , orders the city Health Department to re-evaluate his request and questions the agency’s understanding of “the lives and experience of transgender people.” It marks something of a victory for advocates seeking to make it easier for people who have changed gender to change their identity documents.
A 27-year-old woman has been arrested in a shooting at a District of Columbia restaurant this month that police believe may have been motivated by anti-gay bias.
Police on Monday announced the arrest of LaShawn Carson. She’s been charged with aggravated assault while armed in a March 11 shooting at an International House of Pancakes restaurant in Columbia Heights.
Congressional Democrats on Monday took another shot at persuading House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) into dropping his legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that bans marriage equality. It appears the effort will have little effect, however.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is set to publish a proposed rule on Tuesday that will ease the paperwork burden on same-sex couples returning to the United States after traveling abroad.
Under the proposed change, same-sex couples residing in one household who travel together on their return home can make a single joint declaration. Same-sex couples have been forced to fill out two separate forms, even though the customs form states “only one written declaration per family is required.”