Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
The COC wants a legal ban on discrimination against transgender people. The organisation in a letter calls on Minister Plasterk to regulate that.
The COC reacts with the letter to a study by the Netherlands Transgender Network (TNN), involving 351 transgender people. Nearly half of respondents faced verbal or physical violence over the past year.
They were, among other things, threatened, sexually harassed or their belongings were destroyed. The discrimination is so specific that the COC thinks that the current ban on discrimination based on sex is inadequate.
According to the TNN transgender people have already adapted their behaviour. “About 80 percent opt for safety and therefore remain at home,” said TNN president Corine van Dun in Nieuwsuur TV show.
Moreover, their psychosocial situation is bad. “Two thirds of transgender people are lonely, a quarter even strongly so,” the letter says. “More than 20 percent have ever attempted suicide, which is 10 times more than average.”
According to the COC in politics there is widespread support for an explicit ban. The minister is said to be positive as well. According to the COC Minister Plasterk promised to the COC in 2013 political support for a ban on anti-transgender discrimination, but a legislative proposal has still not been submitted yet.
In the Netherlands, there are an estimated 390 000 transgender people.
U.S. GOVERNMENT: HIGH SCHOOL VIOLATED TRANSGENDER STUDENT’S RIGHTS “Federal education authorities, staking out their firmest position yet on an increasingly contentious issue, found Monday that an Illinois school district violated anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a transgender student who identifies as a girl and participates on a girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room without restrictions.” [NYT]