In an acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles in July, she said she planned to use the attention to push for acceptance of transgender people across the world.
A Pentagon Shift The Pentagon announced plans to lift a ban on military service by transgender people by early next year.
The case was among the first in which a hate crime law was applied in a murder trial where the victim was transgender.Presidential Appointees President Obama nominated the first openly transgender federal appointees.Dylan Orr began as an attorney at the Department of Labor in December, and a month later, Amanda Simpson became a senior technical adviser in the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security. Frye, a lawyer since 1981, was sworn in as a judge in Houston, becoming the nation’s first openly transgender judge.Upon her return, she publicly announced her transition, and became an advocate and a celebrity. Riots broke out there after police officers tried to kick out a transgender woman. First Transgender Person Officially Visits White House George W.Clashes at Cooper’s Donuts Police officers tried to arrest individuals at Cooper’s Donuts in Los Angeles, a popular hangout for transgender people, drag queens and others in the L. Bush became the first president to officially welcome an openly transgender person, Petra Leilani Akwai, into the White House as part of a Yale 1968 class reunion.The show’s star, Jeffrey Tambor, took home the award for best actor in the category.The show also features Alexandra Billings, who was the first transgender actor to play a transgender character on television, when, in 2005, she was in “Romy and Michele: In the Beginning.” Obama on Transgender President Obama mentioned transgender people in his State of the Union address, a presidential first.Most of the big transgender advocacy organizations started up during the Bush years – the equality center, the Transgender Law Center, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.Diane Schroer Diane Schroer won a discrimination lawsuit against the Library of Congress, after it rescinded a job offer as a terrorism analyst after learning that Ms. First International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy The conference in Houston was the first of six gatherings where activists, especially lawyers, from around the country met and laid the groundwork for the transgender movement. Gender Identity Disorder In the 1987 revision of “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” the American Psychiatric Association added “gender identity disorder” as a classification for transgender people.