Pennsylvania Governor-Elect Tom Wolf has named four more members of his cabinet, including Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, who will serve as physician general.
Independent candidate Madhu Kinnar has beaten the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Mahaveer Guruji by 4357 votes on 4 January to become mayor of Raigarh, which lies west of the India-Bangladesh border. The win also makes Kinnar India’s first transgender mayor.
Professor Petra De Sutter has become Belgium’s first openly transgender Member of Parliament, following the country’s recent elections.
The Green Party of Saskatchewan is trumpeting the nomination of B Garneau, a candidate running in the constituency of Regina Wascana Plains for the upcoming provincial election, as history in the making. Garneau, the party noted, is the first transgender person to seek election, provincially, in Saskatchewan. Garneau does not identity with a particular gender.
A proposed bill in Ireland would allow transgender people to have legal recognition of their gender in all dealings with the State, public bodies, and civil and commercial society. Applicants aged 18 or over will only need to provide a self-declaration of intent to live permanently as the gender the are applying for recognition of and “Validation” by their primary physician.
Massachusetts has become the third state in the nation to cover transgender medical services, including gender reassignment surgery, as a standard benefit in its government health plan for lower-income and disabled people.
On Tuesday, the Chilean Senate moved to fast track a bill that will allow transgender people to legally change their name and sex designation without gender reassignment surgery.
The Maryland Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit discrimination against transgender people. The Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which passed the Senate, 32-15, now goes to the House of Delegates.
Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and NSW Greens spokeswoman Mehreen Faruqi are expected to introduce a private member’s bill to the New South Wales Parliament on Tuesday so that transgender people can have their gender changed on their birth certificates without them having to divorce their spouses.
Transgender people in the Netherlands will no longer be required to be sterilized or undergo surgery in order to change their gender identity on official documents.