• 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: 08/12/2019

Johannesburg holds city’s first black, queer ball

LGBTQ people gathered in Johannesburg recently for the city’s first official black queer ball. Organizers say the event was to create a safe space for people in their community. “How this ball…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2019

Meet Mumbai’s LGBTQ heroes without capes

In 2012, when the city got its first Gender Reassignment Clinic at Kolkilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Andheri, Dr Dheeraj Kapoor, consulting endocrinologist, was one of the key people involved in setting it…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2019

LGBTQ asylum seekers persecuted at home and in U.S. custody

With more than 800,000 migrants currently applying for asylum in the U.S., a growing number of immigrants rights groups are calling attention to the plight of LGBTQ people, many of whom are…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2019

LGBT+ murders at ‘alarming’ levels in Latin America – study

Four LGBT+ people are murdered every day in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to "alarming" new research released on Thursday by a regional network of gay rights groups. At least 1,300…

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ADDED ON: 08/08/2019

IDF moves to expand integration of transgender troops

Israel's army is taking into account a slow but steady growth in number of transgender soldiers going through sex change processes before or during their military service, and is making more effort…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2019

Effort to Roll Back Transgender Rights Fails in Uruguay

A ballot-box effort to roll back transgender rights in Uruguay failed to draw enough voters to the polls to trigger a national referendum, prompting LGBT+ rights supporters to declare victory on Monday…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2019

Transsexuals more acceptable in Thai society: Nida Poll

Transsexual people have become more acceptable in Thai society, according to an opinion survey released on Sunday by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll. The poll was conducted on…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2019

LGBT in Russia: smashing stereotypes and creating a queer future

For Russia’s LGBT community, homophobia and violence are part of day-to-day reality. Some cases, like the murder of activist Yelena Grigoryeva last week or torture in Chechnya, have made international headlines and…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2019

Activism is Survival for Brazilian Trans Women

Since the campaign and subsequent election of Jair Bolsonaro, who was long known for trotting out hate speech against marginalized communities in his bid for Brazil’s presidency, violence against LGBTQ folks has…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2019

‘We need freedom’: Sehaq, the party space for Amsterdam’s queer refugees

At the dinner table, conversations bubble around people as they tuck into a three-course meal. A plethora of different nationalities and identities have pulled up a chair and, here at Sehaq in…

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ADDED ON: 07/31/2019

Hate crimes rise to decade high in US with LGBT people among most targeted, finds report

Hate crimes have risen across the USA to a decade high, with most extremist homicides carried out by white nationalists or those in the far right, according to a new report. The…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2019

Dallas police offer free self-defense class after attacks targeting LGBTQ community

It can take years to master a martial art form, but learning a few simple moves can keep people safe on the streets, a self-defense instructor told an especially vulnerable group Saturday.…

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