• 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: 12/09/2019

Attack the OAS: Inside the ultra-conservative war on the Inter-American human rights system

"The attack first started when I was president”, Margarette May Macaulay, a lawyer and former judge from Jamaica who was elected to the top post at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2019

Brazilian Foundation Develops App to Map Risk Areas for LGBT Population

Fiocruz (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation) has developed an App to map the areas of the country regarded as the most violent for the LGBT population. Users will point out whether areas are safe…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2019

Trump’s Rollback of Transgender Rights Extends Through Entire Government

Whether it means serving in the military, working for a federal contractor or seeking medical help, regulations that once protected transgender people are under attack. Nicolas Talbott, a graduate student at Kent…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2019

Federal court to consider bathroom use by transgender student

A transgender student’s fight over school bathrooms comes before a federal appeals court Thursday, setting the stage for a groundbreaking ruling. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear…

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ADDED ON: 12/05/2019

Republican Christian fired for coming out as transgender has powerful message for bigots hiding behind religion

A lifelong Republican voter and conservative Christian has written a powerful piece about why the fight for transgender rights must cut across religious and political divides. Trans woman Erin Dotten, who was…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2019

Kenyan police brutally beat and lob teargas bombs at queer refugees peacefully protesting the camp’s horrific conditions

Kenyan police brutally battered LGBT+ refugees and lobbed teargas bombs in an attack that led to four in a coma today, activists on the ground have claimed. Moreover, the organisation said that…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2019

North Vancouver filmmaker documents transgender model’s transition

It was close to coffee break time on a construction job when Kas Baker’s phone buzzed and an unfamiliar voice made an extraordinary request. Would he step in front of a movie…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2019

Vogue cover spotlights Mexico’s transgender ‘muxe’ women

A culture of indigenous transgender women that has been part of southern Mexico’s heritage for centuries is primed for global fashion cachet thanks to one of the world’s top style magazines. For…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2019

Latin American Human Rights Lawyers Join Forces for LGBT Rights

In a gathering in Bogota, Colombia on Nov. 19, 40 human rights lawyers from across Latin America launched an innovative “Red Litigio LGBT” – an LGBT Litigation Network – in order to…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2019

Why India’s transgender people are protesting against a Bill that claims to protect their rights

Four days after the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019 was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on November 20, members of the transgender community marched in Delhi’s 12th Queer Pride Parade…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2019

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CAUGHT ON VIDEO SAYING ‘CRY ME A RIVER’ OVER TRANSGENDER SUICIDE TO LGBT ACTIVISTS

An Indiana school board member was caught on camera telling an activist to "cry me a river" after confronted about unmet needs of transgender students at a school. The board member appeared…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2019

From the US to Peru, these ‘parent groups’ targeting sex education are all backed by the Christian right

In the US, numerous ‘concerned parent’ and ‘mommy groups’ have taken stands against LGBTIQ justice, comprehensive sex education and ‘drag queen story hours’. But many of these groups are not as independent…

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