• Transgender and Intersex Issues

    The transgender community faces its own unique issues and challenges around the world, including widespread stigma and violence against its members. Since 2008, the Transgender Murder Monitoring Project of Transgender Europe has recorded over 2,000 trans murders. However, the actual number of murdered transgender people every year is probably much higher. Intersex people are born with sex characteristics, such as chromosomes, gonads, or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies”. Discriminatory treatment includes Infanticide, abandonment, mutilation, and neglect, as well as broader concerns regarding the right to life. Intersex people face discrimination in education, employment, healthcare, sport, with an impact on mental and physical health, and on poverty levels, including as a result of harmful medical practices.

ADDED ON: 12/03/2020

Russian Activists Just Won an Important Battle Over LGBTQ Rights. But the War Is Far From Over

Two weeks after the constitution was changed, the government proposed a bill to ban same-sex marriage and end the legal recognition of transgender people. Many activists had expected the landmark bill, co-authored…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2020

Government apologises to transgender people forced to accept sterilisation

The Dutch government has apologised to hundreds of transgender people who were forced to accept being sterilised and to undergo body modification and take hormones if they wanted to change their gender…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2020

Swedish gymnastics to let youths choose their own gender category

Young Swedish transgender gymnasts will be allowed to compete in whatever class they want, following a new decision by the Swedish Gymnastics Federation. The decision was reached after the federation had done…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2020

Resolution in KP assembly demands transgender people be allowed to perform Hajj, Umrah

A resolution demanding transgender people be allowed to perform Hajj and Umrah — two major Islamic pilgrimages — in Saudi Arabia was submitted Friday in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. According to the…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2020

Transgender Pakistanis find solace in a church of their own

Pakistan’s Christian transgender people, often mocked, abused and bullied, say they have found peace and solace in a church of their own. Shunned by other churches, they can raise their voices high…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2020

Norway outlaws hate speech against trans people

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Norway’s parliament outlawed hate speech against transgender people on Tuesday, expanding its penal code which has protected gay and lesbian people since 1981. People found guilty of…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2020

Finland’s feminist prime minister Sanna Marin comes out swinging for trans people’s right to self-identify

Sanna Marin, Finland’s prime minister, has spoken out about plans to reform the Trans Act to enable trans people to legally self-identify. When asked whether she sees trans women as women, she…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Placement of trans woman in men’s prison inhumane, unlawful: Activists

Activists have strongly condemned law enforcement officials for placing a transgender woman in a men’s detention facility, calling it an insensitive move against the special needs and security risks of the detainee.…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Argentina’s army now has a 1% transgender quota while the US still bans transgender service members

While the U.S. still bans transgender people from serving in the military, a new employment quota for Argentina’s army will soon require the service’s personnel to be at least 1% transgender. A…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Trump’s ban on transgender troops hurts military, former top service physicians say

The Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops has harmed the military’s ability to protect the nation, according to former military surgeons general. Three top former military health leaders were co-authors of a…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Tasmania’s Attorney-General leaves door open to amendments to state’s landmark gender reform legislation

Attorney-General Elise Archer has told a budget estimates committee she will not rule out amendments to Tasmania's landmark transgender reforms regarding birth certificates. State Liberal parties members this month voted at its…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

LGBTQ support lends ‘new taste’ to Thai politics

It takes Siraphob Attohi three hours to transform from a harried student into his drag queen persona Masala Bold — a wisecracking MC, who raises calls for gender equality during Thailand’s protests…

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