• 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: 06/03/2019

Transgender woman from El Salvador dies in ICE custody

A transgender woman from El Salvador died on Saturday while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. An ICE press release says Johana “Joa” Medina Leon, who was identified by her birth…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2019

Is your life expectancy different because you are LGBTQ+?

What do you feel your life expectancy is? Do you think it is different because you are LGBTQ+? The current life expectancy for the “average” American is roughly 78 years and Brazil…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2019

In Colombia’s remote tribes, LGBT+ people face abuse, shame

Colombia’s LGBT+ people who live in black and indigenous communities must cope with violence, humiliation and efforts to “cure” them of their sexual identities, according to research released on Thursday. Their lives…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2019

Pakistan human rights minister appoints first transgender employee

Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari has appointed a transgender woman to her department for the first time. Dr Mazari announced the appointment of Ayesha Moghul today (May 30) on Twitter.…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2019

World Health Organization removes “gender identity disorder” from list of mental illnesses

The World Health Organization (WHO) will remove "gender identity disorder" from its global manual of diagnoses — a major win for transgender rights. The change was announced last summer, but a resolution…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2019

Brazil’s LGBTQ Challenege: Live and Let Live or Discriminate and Hate?

Last week’s vote by the Federal Supreme Court (STF) laid the foundation for landmark legislation which will include protection for sexual minorities in the nation's anti-discrimination laws. In doing so, the STF…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2019

Ann Widdecombe: Anti-LGBT Brexit Party politician wins seat in European elections

As the European election results roll in, the Brexit Party’s Ann Widdecombe has made a surprise return to the frontline of British politics. The former Big Brother contestant called the result a…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2019

Gillette ad features dad teaching trans son how to shave

The latest advert from Gillette features a trans man being taught how to shave for the first time by his dad. The advert, as part of the grooming company’s #MyBestSelf campaign, has…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2019

Brazil’s top court rules to make homophobia a crime

A majority of judges in Brazil’s top court has voted to criminalize homophobia in a move welcomed by campaigners concerned about a rollback in gay rights and the murder of hundreds of…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2019

Protesters demand end to killings of transgender women, Trump rollbacks

Protesters chanting “black trans lives matter” and “we will not be erased” on Friday demanded an end to the killings of black transgender women in the United States and decried the Trump…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2019

Trump admin seeks to roll back trans health care protections in Obamacare

In a surreptitious move on the Friday before Memorial Day — when much of Washington has already vacated town for the weekend — the Trump administration announced a proposed rule to undermine…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2019

Gay Ugandans regret fleeing to Kenya

Hundreds of people in Uganda's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have fled the country to escape homophobia and persecution. But many are now stuck in Kenya where the situation is…

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