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Playground Summit Led to Transgender Insurance Rules Change    

Playground Summit Led to Transgender Insurance Rules Change    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As State Senator Brad Hoylman was pressing the Cuomo administration to issue a rule requiring New York insurers to pay for medical procedures related to gender transition, he had several conversations with Benjamin Lawsky, who heads the state agency that issued the rule on December 11, when both men were at […]

Health Department Now Ready to Ease Transgender Birth Certificate Changes   

Health Department Now Ready to Ease Transgender Birth Certificate Changes   

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a decisive reversal of its position from eight years ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is prepared to reform its regulations regarding amendments to birth certificates so that transgender people born here can change the gender designation on that record without providing proof of transition […]

At Schools Panel, Spirited Debate, Agreement More Work Needed    

At Schools Panel, Spirited Debate, Agreement More Work Needed    

BY NATHAN RILEY | The New York City Department of Education (DOE) supports LGBT diversity, but with an uncertain trumpet that only erratically integrates queer concerns into the curriculum. That was the message of a September 17 panel hosted by the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City that included educators, the City Council’s Education […]

Trans Man Sues City for Being Tossed from Public Pool’s Locker Room

Trans Man Sues City for Being Tossed from Public Pool’s Locker Room

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A 24-year-old Manhattan transgender man is filing suit against the Parks Department and the city for being denied access to locker room facilities at a public pool in Staten Island that he and friends had used regularly since they were youths. Bryan John Ellicott alleges that on July 21 of last […]

Overturned Hate Crime Conviction Faces Review

Overturned Hate Crime Conviction Faces Review

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Transgender rights advocates are hailing the request by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, for full briefing and oral arguments regarding an appeals court ruling that overturned a first-degree manslaughter hate crime conviction in the 2008 death of a transgender woman in Syracuse. Dwight R. DeLee, who was […]

It is Time to End Anti-Transgender Violence

It is Time to End Anti-Transgender Violence

BY MICHAEL SILVERMAN | The 15th Transgender Day of Remembrance provides an opportunity to reflect on the many transgender people whose lives have been cut short by brutal violence simply for living as their true selves, including Harlem resident Islan Nettles, the 21-year-old African-American transgender woman who was viciously attacked in August by an assailant who shouted anti-LGBT […]