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October 2006--Washington, DC--The upcoming General Election on November 7th is poised to tip the balance of LGBT-supportive policymakers in office.Guide online in PDF at 2006--San Francisco, CA--The nation's first bill to address use of panic strategies, the Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act (AB 1160), was signed into law today by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.‘Yogyakarta Principles’ a Milestone for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights; Experts Set Out Global Standards for Sexual Rights and Gender Equality.The Transgender Law Center (TLC), founded in 2002, is a multi-disciplinary social justice organization working to ensure that all Californians are able to fully and freely express our gender identities. December 14, 2006--Trenton, NJ--New Jersey Legislature passes bill that adds civil rights protections for transgender people. December 5, 2006--New York, NY--The New York City Board of Health voted today to reject, in part, a proposal to update New York City’s policy permitting transgender people born in New York City to change the gender on their birth certificates to bring the policy – which has not been updated since 1971 – into line with contemporary medical knowledge and practice.While the Board did vote to allow new birth certificates to be issued with a transgender person’s new gender marked on them, they rejected a common sense medical recommendation to better recognize a person’s transition from one gender to another. November 2006--New York, NY--New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering a rule change that would allow transgender people born in NYC to have their birth certificates amended.
Advocates from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (the Center), Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ), the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), and the Transgeneder Law and Policy Instituteworked to adopt this change, which guides intake, assessment, and shelter staff to ensure that gender identity is taken into consideration when making intake assignments.
The Bloomington City Council vote was preceded by two years of broad community advocacy.
The April 19, 2006 vote by the Bloomington City Council provides for voluntary mediation to address complaints of gender-identity discrimination.
Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.
It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.