Published on January 15th, 2012 | by Wild Gender0
Weekend Roundup: Work It, Swedish Sterilization & OutSports
A collection of gender-variant news from the weekend:
- Work It, the controversial cross-dressing ABC sitcom, has been bumped off the air by the network after only two episodes. It was rated a 2.0 by the 18 to 49-year-old demographic after its first airing, and dropped 20-percent by the second episode. Network executives are pondering running “Cougar Town” in its place. According to ABC, the extermination of the show had nothing to do with gender-identity, and all to do with bad ratings.
- On Saturday, Jan. 14, The Human Rights Watch published a letter written to Swedish politicians that condemns the Swedish requirement that people who want to change their legal gender are compelled to be sterilized as mandated by law. Under the current law, Swedish transgender people who want to have their preferred gender recognized before the law, need to prove they are unable to procreate (Lagen om faststallelse av konstillhorighet i vissa fall (SFS 1972; 119).
The HRW writes:”The Swedish law causes anguish for transgender people who choose not to have the required surgery, which involves an invasive medical procedure, for various reasons, such as out of a wish to one day become parents. Their identification documents do not match their gender identity and gender expression. This leads to frequent public humiliation, vulnerability to discrimination, and great difficulty in finding or holding a job. There are many occasions where people in Sweden need to show their identification documents. Often transgender people are called to explain how it is possible that their official document (with male or female on it) does not match their appearance.”The Swedish transgender law stems from 1972 and is out of step with current international best practice and understandings of Swedish obligations under international human rights law.
Read more from the letter here.
- OutSports.com has reported that California’s gender-identity bill (AB 266) was actually pulled from legislative action because the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Transgender Law Center, drove the bill back. NCLR sent Out Sports this statement:
“We are very grateful for Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s leadership and look forward to working with him on this vital bill. NCLR, TLC, and EQCA urged him to hold off on the bill this year because we want the opportunity to do more education with school districts and officials. We are finding that the more people learn about this issue, the more supportive they are.We look forward to continuing to work closely with Assemblymember Ammiano’s office on this and other bills that advance equality for all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Assemblymember Ammiano is an incredible ally and advocate for transgender people, and having his support on this issue will be a huge boost to our efforts.”