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Thursday, September 28, 2006

UA sets bar for transgender access rights

The UA allows transgendered people to use the restrooms with which they best identify, making it one of the most inclusive campuses in the country, a UA official said.

According to a policy issued by the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office in June, the UA "allows individuals to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity."

The "Statement on Restroom Access" is based on the UA's policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity, according to the statement.


Canadian Lawmaker Wants Gay Rights Tied To Foreign Policy

(Ottawa) A Canadian member of parliament is calling for the adoption of the Declaration of Montreal to be enshrined in the country's foreign policy. The declaration was prepared this summer at an international LGBT rights conference tied to the first Outgames in Montreal.

Although document's principals are already part of Canadian law  - equal rights, abolition of anti-gay sex laws, and equal marriage - New Democratic Party MP says Canada should be promoting those values in its foreign affairs.

Bill Siksay (pictured), the NDP spokesperson on LGBT issues, has filed a motion in the House of Commons calling on the government to implement the declaration. 


Transgender residents may get new birth certificates

Transgender New Yorkers may soon be able to get new birth certificates that accurately reflect their current sexual identity.
Under the proposed new plan, new birth certificates would only indicate a person's current sexual identity.

New York City's board of health is expected to decide today whether or not to put the proposal up for public comment.

Transgender people have long complained about having a hard time doing things that require a birth certificate.


L. A. Gay Center Sues IRS Over Delay in Producing Documents
Group Says Records of Decades-Old Conflict Would Show Agency’s ‘Shameful History’

The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center yesterday sued the Internal Revenue Service in federal court over documents it is seeking from the agency pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.

The complaint alleges that the IRS, refusing to respond to the center’s March 2005 Freedom of Information Act request, has been improperly withholding records pertaining to the center’s 1971 application for tax exempt status under Internal Revenue Code Sec. 501(c)(3).

“This lawsuit has been filed after the unsuccessful efforts of The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center…to uncover information about a shameful chapter in the history of the IRS that the IRS does not want to be made public,” the complaint says.


Gay Welsh youth vulnerable

There are 3,500 lesbian, gay and bisexual youths aged 15 to 25 living in and around Cardiff currently suffering from inadequate services, warns the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).

The warning comes from a report entitled ‘Starting Out’ published today by the THT which is concerned Welsh gay people are putting their sexual health at risk due to a lack of support.

In 2004 there were over 2,000 new cases of chlamydia diagnosed within Wales, whilst HIV/AIDS infection rates are increasing nationwide.


Govt working to repeal law against homosexuality

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is working with the home ministry to repeal Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that outlaws homosexuality.

"We have already held two meetings with the Ministry of Home about repealing the section," said Additional Secretary and Director General of National AIDS Control Organisation Sujatha Rao on Tuesday at the end of a four-day conference on Men who have Sex with Men and HIV in Asia and the Pacific.

The move comes days after some eminent persons including author Vikram Seth, film-maker Shyam Benegal and writer Arundhati Roy wrote an open letter asking the government to strike down the IPC section


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