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  • 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: 07/01/2021

Spain’s Cabinet Approves Draft of Transgender Rights Law

The Spanish Cabinet on Tuesday passed a draft bill on LGBTQ rights that will seek parliamentary approval to allow transgender people over 16 to freely change their gender and name without doctors…

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ADDED ON: 06/28/2021

Czech President Zeman calls transgender people ‘disgusting’

PRAGUE, June 27 (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman, commenting on a Hungarian law that bans LGBT material from schools, told a television interview on Sunday that he finds transgender people "disgusting".…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2021

Guatemala: 3 Killings of LGBT People in a Week

Unidentified assailants killed two transgender women and one gay man in Guatemala in separate attacks within the span of one week, including Andrea González, the leader of a trans rights organization, Human…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2021

Dutch leader tells Hungary: If you don’t like LGBT rights, you can leave the E.U.

The dispute between a number of European Union leaders and Hungary over LGBT rights grew emotional after a meeting on Thursday, with Hungarian leader Viktor Orban’s peers warning him that there was…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2021

Japanese Olympic Committee names first transgender member

A transgender former fencer hailed a "massive change" in Japan's LGBTQ awareness after being appointed to the Japanese Olympic Committee's board of directors just weeks before the Tokyo Games. Fumino Sugiyama, who…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2021

Transgender job quota law seen ‘changing lives’ in Argentina

A law reserving 1% of Argentina’s public sector jobs for transgender people will transform everyday life for the country’s trans community, LGBT+ activists said on Friday after Congress gave final approval for…

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Egor Teryannikov and Ruslan Savolainen — QueerFest, Russia

This year, St. Petersburg will host the 13th edition of QueerFest, a cultural festival that raises issues of human rights, identities, gender, and sexuality. I spoke with Egor Teryannikov and Ruslan Savolainen…

ADDED ON: 06/26/2021

INDIA LGBTI: AN EMERGENCE OF ACCEPTANCE OF THE LGBTI COMMUNITY

  India, situated between Pakistan on the West and Nepal on the East, is a country with an often-misunderstood LGBTI history marked with unequal dignity and rights. Perhaps the most significant LGBTI…

ADDED ON: 06/25/2021

Germany’s Merkel criticises Hungary’s anti-LGBT bill

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday criticised Hungary's planned new law to ban the dissemination of materials in schools on homosexuality and gender change.

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2021

New Zealand PM backs transgender weightlifter’s Olympic selection

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday defended the selection of transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard for the Tokyo Olympics, a decision that has fuelled a debate over inclusion and fairness in…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2021

Trans men ‘let down’ and in ‘extreme distress’ as NHS quietly stops life-changing penis surgery

Finlay Games is a trans man who, as part of his transition, had a series of operations to construct a penis, which is known as phalloplasty. “I am a functioning man precisely…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2021

V.A. Plans to Offer Gender-Affirming Surgeries for Transgender Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to offer gender confirmation surgery to transgender veterans, Denis McDonough, the secretary of veterans affairs, announced over the weekend at a Pride event in Orlando, Fla.,…

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