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Student Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Francesca Acocella of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist Francesca Acocella, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses the recent decision by the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas to recognize transgender identity in determining the validity of marriage ...Think about all the times you need to show ID: seeing a movie, ordering … [read more]

Legal News
31 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The Departmental Appeals Board of Health and Human Services (DAB) [official website] on Friday revoked a National Coverage Determination (NCD) [December HHS Summary] barring Medicare payment for gender reassignment surgeries. The revoked NCD was issued in 1981 [HHS index] and refused to pay [advocacy backgrounder] for surgery as a … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal ruled Monday that a law prohibiting a transgender woman from marrying her boyfriend was invalid under the Chinese constitution. The law [text] had been interpreted to hold that only a person's gender at birth could be considered for the purposes of marriage, which … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Johnson, Anniversary Reader at the University of York, argues that the European Court of Human Rights' recent decision in H. v. Finland is a predictable and disappointing step taken against the rights of same-sex couples...The European Court of Human Rights ("the court") has taken another decisive … [read more]

Student Commentary
19 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Gabriel Rodriguez-Rico, American University Washington College of Law Class of 2012, discusses the ramifications of conversion therapy on LGBT youth and examines the recent passage of legislation banning the practice in California...On September 29, California became the first state in the US to ban professional psychological conversion … [read more]

Academic Commentary
18 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Ziegler of the Saint Louis University School of Law says that the US Supreme Court's decisions in reproductive rights cases may complicate efforts to bring constitutional challenges against California's recent legislation banning the use of sexual orientation therapy on minors...JURIST recently reported on a law passed … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Fields v. Smith [opinion, PDF; JURIST report], allowing a lower court decision that transgender hormone therapy is a medically necessary procedure to stand. The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found the Inmate Sex-Change … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The UK Home Office Government Equalities Office [official website] on Thursday announced the UK's first ever government action plan promoting transgender equality [report, PDF; official website]. The plan stated that there was a 14 percent rise in transgender-related hate crime between 2009 and 2010 and that only two EU … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court's ruling invalidating the Inmate Sex Change Prevention Act [Act 105 text], which prohibited the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) [official website] from providing transgender inmates with hormone treatment. The district … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jul 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Italian Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Italian] on Tuesday rejected by a vote of 293 to 250 legislation [C. 2802 materials, in Italian] that would have provided greater penalties for hate crimes committed against homosexuals and transsexuals. The legislation was rejected on the grounds [assembly discussion, in … [read more]

Legal News
21 Sep 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the civil rights of former Army Special Forces officer Diane Schroer [profile] were violated after a job offer to serve as the senior terrorism research analyst at the Library … [read more]

Legal News
15 Sep 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] The Colorado Division of Civil Rights (CCRD) [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF] that an employer violated the state's anti-discrimination laws when it fired an employee who was preparing to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Intermountain Testing [corporate website] claimed David Cornwell, now known as Danielle Cornwell, was let go … [read more]

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