Wednesday, April 29, 2009
By Karen Auge
The Denver Post
The redhead in the brown T-shirt and strappy sandals doesn't want to give her name because at work — she's a mechanic — they think she's a guy.
Which, technically, she is. Straddling the gulf between what she has outside and what she is inside requires a juggling act whose toll is evident in the coins that jangle in her hands, in the crossed leg that never stops swinging.
Julie is fidgety too. In seven days, she'll board a plane for Philadelphia, where she'll be wheeled into an operating room and emerge a new person.
But no one at this Tuesday-night "in transition" support group is more anxious than the youngster of the gathering, the college student with a habit of pulling one sleeve over her fist. She's afraid because of what happened to Angie Zapata. . . .Read More
SACRAMENTO—The state Assembly will consider a bill as early as Thursday that would require state prison officials to take inmates' sexual preference and gender identity into account when they make housing decisions.
The bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, is supported by gay rights groups that cite studies showing that homosexual, bisexual or transgender inmates are more vulnerable to abuse. It has cleared two committees with little opposition.
Currently, state law requires officials to consider factors such as age, criminal history and mental health in deciding where to house inmates. The department's policy is to classify inmates based on their physical gender, regardless of how they identify themselves.
Just one inmate who was born a male is housed in a California women's prison because she is the only inmate known to have undergone a sex change operation, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. California does not pay for inmates' sex change operations, but Thornton said the inmate was altered while serving a previous sentence in Texas. . . .Read More
By Neal Broverman
After being denied a job at the Library of Congress because she was transitioning from male to female, Diane Schroer has been awarded the maximum compensation for the discrimination she suffered.Schroer was awarded $491,190 for back pay, emotional suffering, and out-of-pocket expenses, announced the American Civil Liberties Union -- which represented Schroer in her sex discrimination case -- on Wednesday. . . .Read More