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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal across the nation, and this week, the word cisgender was one of some 500 new additions to the Oxford English Dictionary.

The word is defined as “designating a person whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or her at birth.”

People may be more familiar with the word transgender, but according to James Morton, transgender alliance manager at the Equality Network charity, the word cisgender is a useful, neutral term that has been increasing in popularity for some time. According to OED’s compilers, the word emerged in the late 1990s. The prefix “cis-” from Latin means “on this side of,” and typically forms words in contrast to “trans.”

“Its addition to the Oxford English Dictionary reflects the significant increase in discussion of gender…

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The Caitlyn Jenner Paradox: Anti-Transgender Violence Soars Despite Star Power

The struggle for Transgender Rights continues despite these two significant incidents.

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The Caitlyn Jenner Paradox: Anti-Transgender Violence Soars Despite Star Power:

“While the past month has brought us the publicly lauded transformation of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn Jenner, and the confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine as Pennsylvania’s new physician general — making her the highest-ranking openly transgender person in state government history — these moments of achievement are tragically overshadowed by the historically high numbers of transgender individuals murdered in the United States in 2015.”


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The Problem With Transgender Generality | American Anthropological Association

We are diverse people like everyone else. Senior trans* persons have it tough because our bodies are mostly set in stone when we move into “older adulthood.” It is never too late to be authentic…and Caitlyn is taking care of things in her own unique way.

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The Problem With Transgender Generality | American Anthropological Association:

“If the sensationalism that followed Caitlyn Jenner’s revelation of herself as a transgender woman has something to teach us, it is not about the particulars of what it means to be transgender. Jenner, like each of us, has a gender identity that is too complex and individual to generalize about, and neither she nor anyone can be made to stand for the entirety of a diverse social category. More important than a lesson in identities, Jenner’s announcement and the media frenzy that followed has provided an important diagnostic tool, a moment to pause and do what we anthropologists love to do: pull back from the tight focus on Jenner’s smiling face and corseted waist, and locate her story and its massive media response within a broader context.

If we keep our faces pressed up against the TV screen or our noses buried…

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IRS Affirms that Transition-Related Care is Tax Deductible

This is a major victory for transgender rights, and by the Commisioner acquiescing to this Tax Court ruling this victory should be safe from any future political unraveling.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has affirmed that transgender people can deduct their hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery expenses.  This announcement indicates that the IRS will follow the U.S. Tax Court’s 2010 ruling in O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner, which held that gender identity disorder (GID) is a medical condition, and transgender people receiving hormone therapy or sex reassignment surgery as treatment for GID may deduct these costs as medical expenses.

As with other medical expenses, anyone seeking to deduct transition-related care from their gross income must be able to document that they incurred these expenses as treatment for a medical condition—in this instance, GID.  For more information about deducting transition-related care from your federal taxes, see NCTE’s factsheet, Federal Taxes and Transgender People: Frequently Asked Questions.

The IRS’s affirmation of this policy marks one of the strongest victories we’ve seen from the Obama Administration.  NCTE applauds the IRS…

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9 Facts About Trans Sexual and Reproductive Health

National Center for Transgender Equality's Blog

In celebration of National LGBT Health Awareness Week, NCTE has released this preview of a fact sheet, Transgender Sexual and Reproductive Health: Unmet Needs and Barriers to Care.  The full fact sheet will include policy recommendations for the medical community to improve the delivery of health care. Join our mailing list to get your copy of the final fact sheet.

Key facts on sexual and reproductive health for transgender people:

1. Transgender people may have sexual partners who are men, women, or both. A transgender person’s partners or sexual history cannot be assumed from their gender identity or the gender they were assigned at birth.

2. Transgender people need preventive health screenings. Standard preventive health screenings are generally recommended for the body parts a patient has regardless of that patient’s gender identity, including breast, cervical, and prostate cancer screenings.

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Hillary Clinton Talks About Transgender Rights on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

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In a wide-ranging interview today, Fresh Air host Terry Gross asked Hillary Clinton about her work protecting transgender people while she was the Secretary of State. The U.S. State Department has been instrumental in addressing transgender human rights abroad while also ensuring transgender Americans can update the gender on their passports.

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Responding to Terry Gross’ question on addressing transgender equality, Clinton said:

“It was part of the overall efforts to try to treat people with dignity and equality. And certainly the Obama Administration made some of its own moves at the same time with respect to the larger federal employee pool. And when I had responsibility for the well-being of the 70,00 people or so employees around the world who worked for the State Department and USAID, I had the opportunity through executive action to recognize that there were barriers and vestiges to discrimination that had no place in…

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