• 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: 08/11/2020

Trans women pose no threat to cis women, but we pose a threat to them if we make them outcasts

Dear ladies who are fearful and hostile to trans women, That I grew up and spent most of my life in San Francisco I consider one of my greatest strokes of luck,…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2020

Thailand: Gender recognition bill set to be tabled

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security will table its gender recognition bill for consideration by parliament in October amid concerns it will leave behind those who do not fall into…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2020

Russia: Reject Anti-LGBT ‘Traditional Values’ Bill

A draft bill before Russia’s parliament would significantly affect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today. Among the proposed amendments to the family code…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2020

Relief eludes transgender gharanas of Bhopal

Their income has dried up due to COVID-19 restrictions. “They came for men and women but not us,” lamented Devi Singh, 30, from the Mangalwara gharana [family] of Bhopal’s transgender community. Sitting…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2020

El Salvador police sentenced in nation’s first trans murder convictions

A court in El Salvador has sentenced three police officers to 20-year prison sentences for the murder of a transgender woman, the nation’s first convictions in a homicide case involving a trans…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2020

Pennsylvania governor blasts ‘vile acts’ against transgender official leading pandemic response

The man sitting in a Pennsylvania carnival’s dunk tank at a fundraiser last weekend was going for a Marilyn Monroe look, he said, styling himself in a floral print dress and a…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2020

Republican platform condemned for claim LGBT+ people ‘recruit children’ and ‘prey’ on cis women

The Republican Party in North Dakota has been condemned by a raft of party officials after it published vile and offensive remarks about the LGBT+ community. In the party’s extended policy platform,…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2020

First-ever pan-African Pride will celebrate the ‘bustling, multi-layered reservoir’ of queer Africans

A first-of-its-kind pan-African LGBT+ Pride event, Pride Afrique, is set to take place virtually, celebrating the “bustling, multi-layered, chaotically explosive reservoir” of queer Africans. According to Star Observer, Pride Afrique will be…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2020

First Romanian trans woman to run for office vows to support women, sex workers and Roma

Antonella Lerca, a Roma woman and sex worker, is campaigning to run as an independent candidate for District 2 in the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Launching her campaign today, she told PinkNews…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2020

With Brazil’s Bolsonaro attacking the Supreme Court, are gay rights at risk?

As a gay man growing up in Brazil, Afif Sarhan was banned from donating blood for most of his life. “I thought, ‘Why is my blood inferior to others?’” Sarhan, a 41-year-old…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2020

Hong Kong’s transgender community faces workplace discrimination, leading LGBT campaigner to launch company guidance scheme

When Liam Mak Wai-hon began a part-time bartending job at a steakhouse in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan earlier this year, he did not sense anything amiss at work. Mak, born a female,…

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ADDED ON: 07/19/2020

Pakistan court orders ‘gender test’ of trans man accused of illegal ‘same-sex’ marriage to woman

A court in Pakistan has ordered the formation of a medical board to do a ‘gender test’ on a trans man who is accused of changing his gender to marry a woman.…

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