• 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: 05/10/2018

Pakistan Passes Law Guaranteeing Transgender Rights

Pakistan’s parliament has approved a law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender people in a country which sees prevalent discrimination. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) act was passed by a majority in…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines

Angel Cabaluna dusted makeup onto her thighs, styled her hair in loose curls and applied smoky eye shadow that glittered on her lids. As this hamlet of cornfields and concrete houses prepared…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

How Mary Ann Horton Invented the Email Attachment, Then Revolutionized Trans Rights

Computer scientist Mary Ann Horton is playfully modest about one of her best-known achievements. She calls uuencode—short for Unix-to-Unix-encoding—a “dumb little program” that she wrote in 1980, even though it has since…

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ADDED ON: 04/28/2018

IAAF Female Classification Rules Slammed as ‘Blatantly Racist’

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has come under intense fire since releasing its new “Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification&rdquo. The rules have been called sexist, racist, unethical, and based…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2018

Pakistan Launches First School for Transgender People

Pakistan has opened its first school specialising in education for transgender people. The school launched in the city of Lahore, in the Punjab province, with 30 students enrolled. The institution, called The…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

‘TransMilitary’ Is the LGBTI Advocacy Film Middle America Needs to See

Any parent would struggle to send their child off to war, of course. But there’s another layer to the Cooks’ fear. As one of about 15,500 transgender troops in the U.S. military,…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Gays for Trump Found Peter Boykin Calls Transgender Troops ‘Mentally Challenged’

Peter Boykin, founder of the campaign group Gays for Trump, is running for the North Carolina House of Representatives under the slogan “MAGA for everyone.” It seems that his slogan doesn’t include transgender soldiers, whom he described…

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ADDED ON: 03/14/2018

Brazil to Legally Recognise Self-identifying Trans People Without the Need of Surgery

Brazil has passed a landmark ruling which means that transgender people in the country will now be recognize according to their self-determined gender without the need for surgery. The country’s Supreme Court voted that people…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2018

Chile’s LGBTI Groups Hopeful Oscar Will Help to Pass Gender Bill

The team that made the movie "A Fantastic Woman" which won the Oscar for best foreign film the night before were received Tuesday by Chile's outgoing President Michelle Bachelet, who in August sent to Congress a bill…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2018

And the Next Transgender Bathroom Bill Just Turned Up in… Alaska

So if Anchorage passes an anti-transgender ballot initiative in their municipal election on April 3, many transgender Alaskans—nearly 30 percent of whom already live in poverty, according to one survey—will have no choice but to…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2018

Doctors Should Stop Defining Sexual ‘Normality’

On October 26, 1996, a small group of activists picketed outside an American Academy of Pediatrics conference in Boston to draw attention to the fact that cosmetic surgeries were routinely being performed…

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