Federal judge rules state must cover transgender treatment for workers

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin’s Group Insurance Board and the UW System must cover hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery for transgender state workers, on the grounds that refusing transition-related care for state workers is unconstitutional and sex discrimination. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Surgery coverage restored for transgender state workers


Transgender surgery will be covered for state workers starting Jan. 1 after the board that oversees the benefits narrowly approved the move this week, restoring coverage that existed for a month early last year. > Wisconsin State Journal

Transgender residents sue over Wisconsin’s Medicaid rule


Two Wisconsin residents who want gender reassignment surgeries paid by Medicaid filed a lawsuit Monday against the state,contending their denials of service are discriminatory and violate the federal health care law. > AP News

State GOP bills seek to reduce workers’ rights and ban transgender protections


Two measures advanced by Republican lawmakers would ban local governments from enacting employment regulations that differ from state law. Among other things, the bills would prevent municipalities from setting local living wages or outlawing discrimination against transgender citizens. > Wisconsin Gazette

State GOP bill would eliminate a dozen protected Equal Opportunity classes


A Republican-backed bill that aims to standardize employment laws across Wisconsin would prohibit local municipalities from establishing and enforcing their own employment discrimination laws. > Cap Times

Kenosha School District asks SCOTUS to take up transgender student case


The Kenosha Unified School District has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a transgender student who sued the district over its restroom policy. The district wants the high court to review a May decision that allows the 18-year-old senior at Tremper High School to use the bathroom matching his gender identity. > Metro Weekly

Abele aiming to help elect Virginia’s first transgender lawmaker


In her bid to become Virginia’s first openly transgender lawmaker, Democrat Danica Roem is getting a major boost from a donor who lives 800 miles away and who she’s never met. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has given $115,000 to Roem’s candidacy and plans to keep contributing through the November election. > Washington Post