• 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: 03/16/2020

Catholic college responds to trans man coming out with ‘brilliant’ show of love and support

Ben Hodge, 20, didn’t feel able to come out as a trans man at school – despite coming out as non-binary at 14 and using they/them pronouns. It was only when he…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2020

Unique transgender vulnerabilities require tailored and specific interventions

The virtual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2020) this week has included research assessing HIV prevalence, risk, access and adherence to medication in transgender women and men in the United…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2020

A Clash Across America Over Transgender Rights

By the time Peyton Badalucco came out to his mother as transgender, he had been secretly binding his chest in a desperate attempt to hide his body. He was 14 years old…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2020

How Indian Pride Festivals Have Become Political Battlegrounds

For most queer people, pride is seen as a space to celebrate diversity and resist oppression. It’s a space where they feel safe and seen. But this year’s pride in Mumbai has…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2020

Ghana bans LGBT+ conference after Christian groups protest

Ghana’s government has said it will not allow a major gathering of LGBT+ activists to go ahead after an outcry from conservative Christian groups in the country. The conference, scheduled for July,…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2020

Advocates: Transgender Woman Sexually Assaulted at ICE Site

A transgender woman seeking asylum should be released after she was sexually assaulted and harassed while being detained in an Arizona immigration facility with men for nine months, advocates said Thursday. Alejandra…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2020

Trans whistleblower Chelsea Manning has just been made a free woman

A judge has ordered the release of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, after she spent a year back behind bars. Manning, a former intelligence analyst, is best known for exposing US war crimes by…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2020

Court rules against gender-neutral passports and says people must define as either male or female

The UK’s Court of Appeal has ruled against campaigner Christie Elan-Cane in per fight for a gender-neutral passport. Christie Elan-Cane had challenged the legality of the UK government’s passport policy, which requires…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2020

Africa’s policies hold key to LGBT rights on the continent: here’s how

Questions of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression have continued to divide opinion across the globe. This is primarily driven by legal, cultural and religious beliefs and interpretations. In Africa, colonial-heritage…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2020

Transgender queen crowned in Thailand as coronavirus limits crowd

After temperature checks for contestants and with a smaller crowd than last year because of coronavirus fears, Mexico’s Valentina Fluchaire was crowned in Thailand as winner of what is billed as the…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2020

Chile changing: transgender student leader lends voice to renewed protests

As the long southern hemisphere summer holiday draws to an end this month, students in Chile are returning to college - but not always to classes. Many are getting ready to head…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2020

Puberty blockers can be ‘life-saving’ drugs for trans teens, study shows

Transgender youth have a much greater risk of suicide, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, if they have access to a puberty blocker, their chances of suicide…

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