• 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: 09/08/2020

Argentina sets aside 1% of jobs for transgender people

Argentina’s president is now requiring 1% of public sector jobs be set aside for transgender people. In a decree signed by President Alberto Fernández signed a decree on Friday, September 4 that…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2020

Terrifying new law that would legally erase transgender people inches closer to reality in Putin’s Russia

Russia could be set to follow in the footsteps of Hungary with a proposed law that would legally erase transgender people. Proposed amendments to Russia’s Family Code, put forward by anti-LGBT+ lawmaker…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2020

Mexico’s transgender community in fear after second murder

The gruesome killing on Saturday of a second transgender woman in northern Mexico has unnerved the local transgender community and amplified calls for greater protections in the Latin American nation. The murder…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2020

Vietnam Has a Thriving Drag Scene, But It Still Has Ways to Go in Advancing LGBTQ Rights

Lil’ Daddee struts onto the stage wearing a fake mustache and a boiler suit covered in grease stains. The performer picks up a large bicycle pump and carries out a suggestive routine…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2020

New Law Would Make it Illegal for Trans Russians to Change Legal Gender

Russian politicians are weighing a chance to the country’s Family Code that would prevent transgender citizens from changing their legal gender to match their actual gender. The bill is named for Yelena…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2020

Transgender people find refuge in Haitian Center

The Kay Trans Haiti center located in the capital, Port-au-Prince, is funded by a Spanish healthcare company and the United Nations Development Program and provides lodging and care for up to 10…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2020

First openly transgender Tibetan and LGBT icon Tenzin Mariko on respecting yourself and walking with head held high

In her white sleeveless top, strappy silver sandals and long blue skirt, which is destined to be thrown off minutes into her set, dancer Tenzin Mariko stepped onto the stage tingling with…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2020

Family of transgender woman slain by U.S. Marine in Philippines contests killer’s early release

A U.S. Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Philippines will remain behind bars while a court considers an appeal against a decision to release him early, a senior government…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2020

Transgender advocacy group says new civil service rules ‘protect staff from unsafe conditions’

A transgender campaign group has said new rules compelling Northern Ireland’s civil servants to use whichever terms transgender people wish is an “important first step”. Meanwhile, the Equality Commission told the News…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2020

Grumpy Virgin bows out as drag becomes a political act in Turkey

For decades in Turkey, there was no higher honour than being made fun of by Huysuz Virjin (Grumpy Virgin), the country’s first drag queen, beloved for her glamorous outfits and outrageous sense…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2020

Transgender woman’s role at Mass stirs controversy in Argentina

Marking an historical first in Pope Francis’s home country, the Diocese of San Luis in northern Argentina invited a transgender woman Tuesday to read one of the prayer intentions at a public…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2020

Boosting LGBTIQ rights in West Africa, one grant at a time

The activist-led Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO) aims to strengthen West African movements for gender diversity and sexual rights. To accomplish that, it takes a flexible approach to grant-making, building a…

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