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Tomorrow the District of Columbia will become the first jurisdiction in the United States to issue driver's licenses with a non-binary gender option of X.

The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles worked with the National Center for Transgender Equality to implement the new option. It follows a wave of court orders in the past year that have designated at least 20 people legally non-binary, challenging the available options for gender on identification documents.

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Perpetuating the bias in Ulster County

Ulster County is between Albany and New York City and contains the cities of Poughkeepsie and Kingston. A committee of the County Legislature has unanimously endorsed a resolution to schedule a July 11 public hearing on a proposed law to protect people from being discriminated against on the basis of their gender identity.

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Equality arrives in Canada

Bill C-16, the Canadian Human Rights Act passed the Senate on Thursday and thus will become law with Royal Assent later this year.

The Act adds gender identity and expression as prohibited grounds for discrimination under Canadian law. The bill was introduced over a year ago and passed the House of Commons last November. Conservative forces once again tried to stall it in the Senate, claiming it imposed limits on free speech.

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Federal Judge rules ADA available for use by transgender woman

When the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, Jesse Helms insisted on tacking on an amendment which excluded application of the ADA to transgender people.

Kate Lynn Blatt of Pottsville, PA sued Cabella, Inc. in 2014 for sex discrimination in her dismissal after she suffered much harassment, including being forced to wear a name tag with the name she was assigned at birth.

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Jeff Sessions: Words I can't believe in

Yesterday Judge Louis Guirola Jr. of the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi sentenced Joshua Vallum to 49 years in prison for the hate crime murder of Mercedes Williamson, a transgender Alabama teenager.

This was the first ever application of federal hate crime laws in regards to the murder of a transgender person.

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Legal analysis: the Constitution and identity

The thing is, I'm not qualified to formulate a legal analysis, as I am no where near being a lawyer.

Scott Skinner-Thompson, however, is a law professor at NYU and has written an analysis of lawsuits brought by Lambda Legal against Idaho and Puerto Rico because those jurisdictions do not permit changes to gender markers on birth certificates that they have issued.

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