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WPATH updates their Standards of Care

Highlights and commentary from GID Reform:
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) released it’s 7th Version of Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People (SOC) in Atlanta today. The previous Version 6 was published in 2001. Overall, this newest SOC represents significant forward progress in respecting trans people [...]

Name changes to require fingerprinting by police

Province of Manitoba news release:

May 5, 2011
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Fingerprints Would Link Changes of Name to Criminal Records: Mackintosh
The province would provide police with greater certainty in the protection of all Manitobans by requiring applicants for changes of name to undergo fingerprinting, Family Services [...]

Canadian Bar Association supports trans rights

At its August 2010 meeting, the Canadian Bar Association adopted a resolution in support of Equality for All Regardless of Gender Identity and Gender Expression:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Canadian Bar Association urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments to review their legislation and policies, especially human rights legislation and hate crimes under the Criminal [...]

Kate McDonald — Book Launch

Title: Kate McDonald — Book LaunchLocation: McNally Robinson (Grant Park, Winnipeg)
Start Time: 19:00:00Date: 2010-06-14Description: Flying Blind (and getting there just the same): The Transitioner’s Handbook
Born into the middle sex, Kate finally put her foot down and said “That’s enough – time to remove all the confusion.” This is a handbook for anyone going through the [...]

MB Human Rights Commission issues gender identity guideline

The Manitoba Human Rights Commission has just issued a new guideline document:
Protections from discrimination based on gender identity; Your Rights, Your Obligations identifies protections from discrimination on the basis of gender identity under The Human Rights Code (Manitoba) in employment, services and housing.
It is posted on their website. There is also an article about [...]

Draft of DSM-V released

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has released the first draft of the diagnostic criteria for the fifth edition of APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).
The DSM is the standard reference used by professionals to diagnose gender identity issues.
There are a number of significant changes in the gender identity sections. Most prominently, it [...]

Canada supports UN declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity

On December 18, 2008, the UN General Assembly was presented with a declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity signed by 66 countries, including Canada.
According to Wikipedia:
The declaration condemns violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization, and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It also condemns killings and executions, torture, arbitrary arrest, and deprivation of [...]

WPATH affirms treatment is “medically necessary”

In response to those insurance companies in the US that maintain SRS is a cosmetic procedure, WPATH (the org that maintains the Standard of Care) has issued a statement clearly affirming their position that SRS (and other procedures including hair removal for MTFs) are “medically necessary” and therefore insurable.
Read the complete statement here.

American Medical Association Affirms Right to Treatment

The American Medical Association recently passed the following resolution: Removing Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients
Whereas, Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is a serious medical condition recognized as such in both the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Classification of Diseases; and
Whereas, GID, if left untreated, can result in clinically significant psychological [...]