• 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: 11/24/2020

Trump’s ban on transgender troops hurt the military, former service surgeons general say

President Trump’s order banning many transgender people from serving has eroded the military’s ability to fight and win wars by narrowing its recruiting pool and lowering morale among transgender troops exempt from…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2020

Native American LGBT+ youth are at a terrifyingly high risk of suicide: ‘There’s an urgent need to de-colonise systems’

New research from the Trevor Project shows that LGBT+ youth from American Indian and Alaskan Native backgrounds are 2.5 times more likely to report a suicide attempt in the past year, compared…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2020

Intersex lesbian born with testicles and a vagina insists ‘people like me are not freaks’

Courtney Skaggs, 29, is genetically male but was also born with a clitoris. However, her body rejected its male hormones and she now lives as an 'intersex femme' following the invasive surgery…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2020

Trans People at Risk in Honduras

William Alejandro Martínez, a trans man from Honduras, stood up for his rights when military police officers stopped him in Comayagüela in May 2019 and asked to see his identity card. They…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2020

Anti-Trans LGB Alliance launches insidious email campaign

The anti-trans pressure group LGB Alliance Ireland has urged schools to ignore a vital anti-LGBT+ bullying campaign, claiming it raises “safeguarding” concerns. The Irish branch of the group was set up in…

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ADDED ON: 11/18/2020

LGBTQ advocates call 1st Islamic school for transgender students in Bangladesh a “positive step,” but not enough

The first madrassa, or Islamic school, specifically for transgender students in Bangladesh opened last week in the capital city of Dhaka. It was a first not only in the country, but across…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2020

Draft laws impacting children’s and transgender rights in Russia withdrawn from State Duma

The authors behind two separate packages of amendments to Russia’s Family Code have withdrawn their initiatives from the State Duma following backlash over proposed changes that would impact child protective services and…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2020

Historic first as trans flag raised across Dublin city to mark Transgender Awareness Month

The month of November is observed globally as Transgender Awareness Month with Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) being held November 20, which memorialises victims of transphobic violence. Transgender Awareness Month was marked…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2020

Wait times for trans healthcare are out of control. These activists take matters into their own hands

Being transgender in Britain in 2020 has at times felt incredibly difficult: not because being trans is in itself hard, necessarily, but because society makes it so. From a long-awaited and ultimately…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2020

Transgender people to gain inheritance rights in Bangladesh says country’s Law Minister

Transgender people will soon be able to inherit property from their families, Bangladesh's law minister said Sunday, the latest effort to give the minority group more rights in the conservative Muslim-majority nation.…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2020

Tell the world we exist: The intersex child on a mission to inform

When Wen Long van Knippenberg wanted to tell fellow pupils about life as an intersex child in the Netherlands, the presentation was banned by her teacher as inappropriate for children. Now the…

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June Chua – The T Project, Singapore

June Chua was looking for new ventures after decades in the sex work industry and she decided to start The T Project, a housing service and community support nonprofit for transgender Singaporeans…