2011 was a year of many trans advancements. This short piece lists 20 of them.
2011 was full of many advancements for transgender people and loved ones. The following is a list of just some of the progress achieved in 2011. [Download a printable copy here: 2011 Transgender Achievements – References]
- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issues an opinion directing its members to “assist or refer” transgender patients, and opposing anti-transgender discrimination.
- All new bills introduced into Congress are appropriately trans-inclusive. (See Keisling Op-Ed: http://www.advocate.com/printArticle.aspx?id=245917)
- Four states and 13 localities outlaw anti-transgender discrimination.(See Keisling Op-Ed: http://www.advocate.com/printArticle.aspx?id=245917)
- Chaz Bono appears on Dancing With the Stars
- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the United Nations on LGBT rights, and the Administration directs embassies to assist in protecting and promoting LGBT rights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MudnsExyV78 or more information at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/obama-administration-targets-anti-gay-discrimination-abroad/2011/12/06/gIQAUjbYaO_story.html
- A federal appeals court rules that Title VII outlaws employment discrimination against transgender people.
- The first sitting Cabinet Secretary addresses a transgender event.
- U.S. government begins developing questions to determine how many transgender people are participating in various national surveys.
- Harmony Santana becomes first openly trans actor to get a major award nomination.
- The Human Rights Campaign reports that nearly 1/3 of the largest US corporations are now covering transgender surgeries.
- NCTE and GLSEN issue model policies school districts can use to protect transgender and gender non-conforming students.
- The White House hosts meeting with advocates to discuss what the federal government can do to address anti-transgender violence.
- Social Security Administration ceases issuing gender “no match” letters to employers.
- World Professional Association for Transgender Health issues seventh, more progressive, Standards of Care.
- NCTE issues fact sheet publicizing Medicare coverage for transgender care.
- Veterans Administration issues a Directive mandating that all VA facilities treat transgender veterans respectfully.
- United Nations passes first resolution focused solely on protecting people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management issues progressive documents on transgender employees.
- “Injustice at Every Turn: National Transgender Discrimination Study” published.
- Passports with correct name and gender made much easier to get.