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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: 12/31/2019

Opening doors: Pakistan’s first transgender beauty salon

As a transgender woman, Bebo Haider struggled for years to find a beauty salon in Pakistan that would cut her hair. She tried many top-notch salons in Karachi, but they refused to…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2019

Over the rainbow: A life of LGBTQ dignity is within reach

If someone told Sindhuja in the dying moments of 2009 that a decade later, she would be standing as a full citizen and garnering the adulation of her family and friends, she…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2019

Transgender man gives birth after getting pregnant with female sperm donor

Reuben Sharpe, 39, transitioned to male 12 years ago but decided he still wanted to become a parent. Six years ago he stopped taking hormones in the hope of the dream coming…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2019

UN official: Past decade has seen human rights `backlash’

The past decade has seen a backlash against human rights on every front, especially the rights of women and the LGBT communities, according to a top U.N. human rights official. Andrew Gilmour,…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2019

The US Hasn’t Only Stopped Defending LGBTQ Rights Around The World, Now It’s Part Of The Problem

My first job at BuzzFeed News in 2013 was something of an experiment: We wanted to cover LGBTQ rights worldwide as seriously as we cover wars or elections. The US and the…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2019

Transgender in Pakistan: Maya, the woman who almost broke free

She was from Nowshera, northern Pakistan, where society is conservative and tolerance for non-conformity runs thin. And Maya didn't conform. She was transgender, born male but identifying and living as woman. She…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2019

Beloved transgender activist who raised awareness about transphobia killed in Toronto

A Canadian transgender activist who worked to raise awareness about transphobia was killed in Toronto, Canada’s The Globe and Mail reported. Julie Berman was found by police on Sunday afternoon at a…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2019

From nuns to astronauts: 10 women cracking the glass ceiling in 2019

Countries around the world have promised gender equality by 2030, but in 2019 a new index showed that even the most advanced nations weren’t doing enough to reach that goal. Women are…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2019

How gender norms affect anti-LBGT prejudice around the world

A study conducted in 20 countries across the globe has shown that prejudice and discrimination against the LGBT community remains deep-rooted. In order to determine the ways in which these forms of…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2019

From parades to punishments: 10 headline LGBT+ stories in 2019

Millions of people joined Pride marches around the world in 2019 and gay, bisexual and transgender rights were increasingly in the spotlight, with some countries legalizing gay marriage while other mulled the…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2019

J.K. Rowling backs sacked worker in transgender speech case

J.K. Rowling on Thursday backed a British woman who lost her job for tweeting that people cannot alter their biological sex after she lost a legal case against her employer. Maya Forstater…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2019

Lambda Legal: Trump Administration’s Assault On the Courts and LGBTQ Protections Intensifies

Lambda Legal released the third edition of its annual report of judicial nominees revealing the alarming extent to which the Trump-Pence administration, with the help of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has…

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