• 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: 08/30/2020

Grumpy Virgin bows out as drag becomes a political act in Turkey

For decades in Turkey, there was no higher honour than being made fun of by Huysuz Virjin (Grumpy Virgin), the country’s first drag queen, beloved for her glamorous outfits and outrageous sense…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2020

Transgender woman’s role at Mass stirs controversy in Argentina

Marking an historical first in Pope Francis’s home country, the Diocese of San Luis in northern Argentina invited a transgender woman Tuesday to read one of the prayer intentions at a public…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2020

Boosting LGBTIQ rights in West Africa, one grant at a time

The activist-led Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO) aims to strengthen West African movements for gender diversity and sexual rights. To accomplish that, it takes a flexible approach to grant-making, building a…

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Slava Melnyk – KPH: Campaign Against Homophobia

Slava Melnyk is the executive director of Kampania Przeciw Homofobii (KPH; Campaign Against Homophobia) in Poland. Slava tells about his introduction to KPH, what's happening now in Poland, and how the organization…

Tarek Zeidan – Helem, Lebanon

Tarek Zeidan is the executive director of Helem in Lebanon. Tarek tells us about his background as an activist, the origins and current status of Helem, how the LGBTI rights movement has…

ADDED ON: 08/25/2020

Coronavirus and stigma among priorities for India’s new transgender council

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Discrimination, housing and the impact of COVID-19 are among the top priorities for India’s new National Council for Transgender Persons, two trans members said on Tuesday.…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2020

Intersex student seeks help after corrective surgery goes awry

Bewildered, traumatized, terrified, these are words that come close to describing the turmoil facing Ezekiel Mwaleghu, a 19-year old form-one student at a secondary school in Voi Sub-County. Mwaleghu spends most of…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2020

Hateful rhetoric against transgender people is culminating in physical attacks, Sheffield LGBT charity warns

Heather Paterson, CEO of Say It Sheffield, says the language seen used against trans people is similar to that seen in the 1980s against gay and lesbian people, and is culminating in…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2020

Hollywood Boulevard ‘All Black Lives Matter’ street painting will stay permanently to honour the Black queer community

The huge, LGBT-inclusive ‘All Black Lives Matter’ installation on Hollywood Boulevard is being made permanent to commemorate the history-making march in Los Angeles. Tens of thousands of people joined the march on…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2020

Neither boy nor girl, it’s ‘not a sin sweetheart’

THRISSUR: A lullaby album for an intersex child, authored by transgender poet Vijayaraja Mallika, has gone viral on social media. “Shaapamalla, papamalla, omane nee, ente jeevithathil vannudhicha bhagyatharam, aadyatharam nee (not a…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2020

Intersex Children in Uganda Face Rejection, Violence

KAMPALA, UGANDA — No one wanted to name Nakitto Flavio’s baby. At a traditional ceremony, the infant’s aunt refused because the newborn’s sex was unclear. Flavio’s husband wouldn’t do it either. In…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2020

Beyond ‘he’ and ‘she’: 1 in 4 LGBTQ youths use nonbinary pronouns, survey finds

One in 4 LGBTQ youths use pronouns other than he/him or she/hers, according to a survey released Wednesday by The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization. The survey…

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