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"Hoping to improve the possibilities of the transgender community, the budget committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Thursday, June 29, approved 0,000 in the 2006 budget toward the "Comprehensive Transgender Employment Initiative," an effort geared toward transgender economic empowerment.The unanimous vote –championed by Supervisors Bevan Dufty and the Transgender Law Center's Chris Daly – effectively earmarked 0,000 in general funds to increase opportunities for transgender employees and entrepreneurs through employment and mentorship programs." Full story here.This change means that Bloomington city code will treat "gender identity" as a category protected against discrimination, just like race, religion, disability, sex and sexual orientation.

For more information, vist the FAQ on the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's site here.

September, 2006--San Francisco, CA--The nation's first bill to address use of panic strategies, the Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act (AB 1160), was signed into law today by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Washington becomes the eighth state to include gender identity in its non-discrimination law, and the seventeenth to include sexual orientation. December 19, 2005--Indianapolis, IN--The city of Indianpolis, together with Marion County, just passed a law adding sexual orientation and gender identity to their non-discrimination laws. FOr more information, visit the home page of Indiana Equality.

The right wing is already planning a ballot initiative to repeal it. October 19, 2005--New York, NY--In September 2005, the NYC Department of Education revised its Discipline Code to state that students can be disciplined for using slurs, taunting, bullying, and engaging in physical violence based on a person’s gender identity or expression. September 30, 2005--Washington DC--Senate Hate Crimes Bill Won't Include Trans: The passage of a trans-inclusive hate crimes bill shows that there has been progress in educating lawmakers on gender identity issues, advocates said, but achieving protections against discrimination in employment and other key areas will require much more work. See alslo earlier story, September 14, 2005--Washington, DC--US House passes trans inclusive Hate Crimes law. September, 9, 2005--National Center for Transgender Equality Releases, Guidelines for Evacuation Shelters: Making Shelters Safe for Transgender Evacuees aims to assist shelters in serving transgender evacuees. becomes the 16th state to protect LGB people from discrimination and the 6th state to protect transgender people with clear legislative language.

September 21, 2006--West Chester, PA--West Chester is the newest community in Pennsylvania to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in housing, employment, and public accommodations. "If people are not treated, they suffer tremendously," said Minter.

"It's just as cruel to withhold treatment for gender identity disorder as it is to withhold treatment for any other medical issue." USA today story here. Male Scientist Writes of Life as Female Scientist Biologist Who Underwent Sex Change Describes Biases Against Women. July 6, 2006--San Francisco, CA--TG job, health efforts get funding.As a consequence of the report's findings, the UK Government has announced that transgender will be a protected category (along with sex & gender; race & ethnicity; physical or mental disability; religion & faith; age; and sexual orientation) for the new Equalities and Human Rights Commission that starts work in October 2007. January 23, 2007--San Francisco, CA--Transgender Law Center seeks an Executive Director.The Transgender Law Center (TLC), founded in 2002, is a multi-disciplinary social justice organization working to ensure that all Californians are able to fully and freely express our gender identities. December 14, 2006--Trenton, NJ--New Jersey Legislature passes bill that adds civil rights protections for transgender people. December 5, 2006--New York, NY--The New York City Board of Health voted today to reject, in part, a proposal to update New York City’s policy permitting transgender people born in New York City to change the gender on their birth certificates to bring the policy – which has not been updated since 1971 – into line with contemporary medical knowledge and practice.While the Board did vote to allow new birth certificates to be issued with a transgender person’s new gender marked on them, they rejected a common sense medical recommendation to better recognize a person’s transition from one gender to another. November 2006--New York, NY--New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering a rule change that would allow transgender people born in NYC to have their birth certificates amended.For more information, visit the FAQ on the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's site here.Trans people may find voting to be an intimidating process for many reasons.

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