• 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: 12/06/2022

Sport New Zealand reveals new guidelines for transgender inclusion in community sport

Sport New Zealand has released new guidelines for the inclusion of transgender people in community sport, allowing athletes to compete in the gender they identify with. The overarching principle of the guidelines…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2022

Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ community has long struggled to find a ‘safe space’

Finding a place for rainbows in a sea of red has often been a struggle for those who identify as LGBTQ+ in Colorado Springs, a city with a rocky history when it…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2022

Pageant celebrates transgender life in India

Anilya Boro may not have won the crown at India’s Miss Trans NE pageant this year, but having her parents there in support was a validation in its own right. “I must…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2022

Influential Iraqi cleric launches anti-LGBTQ campaign

An influential Iraqi cleric who announced his withdrawal from politics four months ago has broken a period of relative silence to launch an anti-LGBTQ campaign. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr posted a statement…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2022

Japanese girl publishes children’s book to make LGBTI community visible

Ui, a 12-year-old Japanese girl, discovered the existence of transgender people while watching a program on public television. Unable to find any children’s books on the subject, she decided to tackle the…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2022

Russian drag queens ‘ready for the worst’ as LGBTQ law looms

Backstage at a bar in Moscow, a troupe of drag queens surrounded by make-up palettes and sparkling costumes join hands before taking to the stage for what could be one of their…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2022

Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ bill sparks spike in “legally sanctioned” extortion

Last year, Ghana’s parliament introduced a controversial new anti-LGBTQ bill that could further criminalise same-sex acts and identities. Although homosexuality was initially outlawed under colonial rule – as in many African countries…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2022

Kenyan LGBTQ+ rights groups honor Transgender refugees, asylum seekers

Two LGBTQ+ rights groups in Kenya this month used the Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor transgender refugees and asylum seekers in the country. The Refugee Trans…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2022

Activists mark 1 week chained together in Caracas demanding LGBTI rights

Transsexuals may not change their names in Venezuela, where soldiers are imprisoned if they openly express their homosexuality and neither the constitution, the laws not protests have been able to change that…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2022

South Korea’s LGBTQ community confronts crushing headwinds in fight for equality

Lesvos rolls out of bed each morning before the sunrise, heads to work, then punches her time card at exactly 6 a.m. By day, she’s a chef at a traditional Korean restaurant…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2022

Military dad & trans daughter sue for right of military dependents to get gender-affirming surgery

A 21-year-old transgender college student is suing the Department of Defense (D0D) and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for denying her gender-affirming surgery under her dad’s military health insurance. The plaintiff, identified as Jane…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2022

I spoke to 100 LGBTQ+ Afghans fearing for their lives under the Taliban. This is what I learned

Filmmaker Dan Hall accidentally found himself in contact with more than a hundred queer people in Afghanistan living under Taliban rule. He shares some of their stories in a powerful new film.…

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