• 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: 09/21/2018

Topless Trans Man Features on Cover of Arabic Gay Magazine

The new issue of groundbreaking LGBTI magazine My.Kali features bold images of a trans man on its cover. Jordanian gay advocate, Khalid ‘Kali’ Abdel-Hadi founded and publishes My.Kali. The English language version…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

How Islamists Stigmatise Indonesia’s Transgender Waria

Indonesia’s LGBTI community could be forgiven for thinking their search for equality is going backwards. During the pre-Islamic, Hindu-Buddhist period of Indonesian history, waria (third gender people) were not only accepted –…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/16/2018

‘Kinky Boots’ Musical Encourages Chinese Drag Queens to ‘be Themselves’

Sign language interpreters swung their hips and gestured at deaf audience members to the rhythm of a rollicking performance by drag queens singing and dancing on stage behind them. Nothing surprising for…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/16/2018

‘We’re Brothers, Sisters and Activists’: The Greek Collective of Gay and Trans Refugees

Maha was a final-year trainee at a police academy in Basra, southeast Iraq, when her phone went missing. It was summer 2011. Only 17, she was nervous about telling her parents, though…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/09/2018

Trans Woman Who Resisted Sexual Assault Burned to Death in Pakistan

A transgender woman in Pakistan has died after being set afire by four men when she resisted sexual assault. The men had taken the woman to an isolated area in the city…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Over 50 Trans-Candidates Registered for Brazilian General Election

At least 50 transgendered candidates have registered to participate in Brazil's October general elections. Although candidates may be removed for not fulfilling requirements outlined by the Electoral Justice Court, the current number,…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/31/2018

From Sniggers to Abuse: ‘Visibly Different’ LGBT Indians Struggle for Jobs

At a busy New Delhi intersection, Kummi knocks on car windows and begs for money - the only job she says she is qualified for in India, where stigma denies transgender women…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

In Northern Colombia, LGBT Rights Meet Indigenous Prejudice

Prejudice “is an everyday thing,” says Tania Duarte, a gay community leader in Cartagena, the historic port and resort on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Her gait is firm and determined, as she steps…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/29/2018

Brazil: Judge Suspends Prohibition on Gender, Sexuality Courses

Brazilian judge Luis Roberto Barroso of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) has temporarily suspended a municipal law in the capital city of Palmas, Tocantins, which vetoed courses on gender and sexuality in municipal public…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/25/2018

Brutal Attack On A Trans Woman Sparks Fear In Malaysia’s LGBTQ Community

In her dimly lit room in a Malaysian village, Suki rests on a bed as she recovers from a brutal attack that has highlighted what campaigners say is growing hostility towards gay…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/21/2018

Transgender Girl Demeaned, Threatened by Parents at Oklahoma School Is Moving to Texas

The 12-year-old transgender girl who was bullied and threatened by parents at her Oklahoma school is moving to Texas. Maddie, who was assigned male at birth, has been living as a girl…

GO TO FULL STORY

ADDED ON: 08/21/2018

Sex? Male, Female, ‘Diverse’: Germany Approves Third-Gender Option

"Diverse" - the new third-gender option that Germany has approved for official identification records including birth certificates - means "other" or "various" and can be reversed at any point. The pioneer bill passed by…

GO TO FULL STORY