I have been plagued this year by various people or organizations attempting to paste adverts on my blog by mis-using the comments feature. It will usually be an anodyne comment that has no relevance to the post in question and then a link to something even less germane: a dress shop, a flower shop, a car dealership, vaginal tightness, tooth whitening (this in Turkish), etc. I cannot imagine why these people think that I would release such an advert, and even more why do they want to attract my readers, most of whom live in different cities and countries.
There were several major steps forward in 2012. The most outstanding is the new Gender Identity Law in Argentina. This is probably the best in the world now.
The US has been making several significant improvements but quietly. Nothing that will add up to the equivalent of a gender identity law, but the ruling that "provisions in the Affordable Care Act prohibiting sex discrimination in health insurance do apply to transgender people" means that the damage that Janice Raymond inflicted, by giving insurance companies an excuse to discriminate, has finally been reversed - after 33 years of US persons being denied health care, and in some cases dying.
The EU also passed several motions and declarations, continuing past policies. The unisex insurance rates which come into effect next week will be interesting to see. The major reason for this is not to solve problems for trans persons, but it does eliminate excuses that have been used to deny life insurance to trans persons. On the other hand EU members, mainly Hungary and Lithuania, have been passing anti-GLBT legislation, so far with impunity.
The growing practice in Indian states of having a separate welfare board for the trans community is an interesting development. With advocacy for third gender status, the south Asian countries are developing solutions different from those in Europe and the Americas.
The England and Wales New Prison Guidelines, whereby trans women prisoners are located in women's facilities if they have a Gender Recognition Certificate and neither their current genitals nor their birth gender is relevant, has now been in practice for over 12 months without any scandals at all. And of course the series of stories in the Daily Mail, appalled that trans convicts were escaping prison because of the problem of where to put them, has ceased.
This year saw the third Olympics since the Stockholm Consensus. While it feels churlish to point out the lack of success of trans athletes, the bright side is that any reasonable person will now admit that prior androgenization of a person's hormone system does not result in any enduring advantage in sports.
In the laity vote re female bishops in the Church of England, there was a block of women who voted against. They were organized by Susie Leafe, who self-describes as a radical feminist. There has been very little comment by other radical feminists about this branch of their movement.
The Rice, Friberg & Gavrilets paper, "Homosexuality as a Consequence of Epigenetically Canalized Sexual Development", is getting a lot of attention. I have seen other supposed explanations of trans or gay come and go. However it will be interesting to see what other scientists do with it, whether they can replicate it, and how soon their model will be applied to trans people.
There is an increasing rift between drag performers and trans women. As many of the former later become the latter this is unfortunate at least. Here is a good essay on the topic.
Ashley Love in American imperialist mode condemned Nepali trans persons for advocating for third gender status.