• 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: 09/09/2019

Transgender woman healing after beaten in Oregon over bathroom use

The attack broke Lauren Jackson’s bones but not her spirit. “Thankfully, I’m still alive. Thankfully, the injuries weren’t worse,” she told The Oregonian/OregonLive. Jackson, a transgender woman, was severely beaten by a…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2019

Trans Chinese teens forced into ‘conversion therapy’: study

Trans teenagers in China face abuse at home and bullying at school, with almost one in five forced into conversion therapies, according to a survey released on Friday. The researchers called for…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2019

2020 Democrat candidates focus on LGBT issues

Democratic presidential hopefuls will take to another stage in October to discuss their stances on issues pertaining to the LGBT community. CNN and LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign announced on Wednesday,…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2019

The 2020 Summer Olympics Likely to Be the Queerest, Most Political Games Yet

When Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, there will likely be a record number of out LGBTQ athletes competing in the Games. Not only that, it could also prove to be the…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2019

Transgender woman granted long-term residency in Japan

A Southeast Asian woman has become the first transgender person to receive a long-term residential permit in Japan, according to her lawyer. The 58-year-old woman, who has not disclosed her name and…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2019

Lebanon: End Systemic Violence Against Transgender Women

Transgender women in Lebanon face systemic violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch, Helem, and MOSAIC said in a report and video released today. Transgender women face discrimination in accessing basic services, including…

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ADDED ON: 09/03/2019

Inside the Supreme Court Discrimination Cases That Could Change LGBTQ Rights

On Oct. 8, the High Court is set to hear three landmark LGBTQ workplace-discrimination cases. They are as intensely personal as they are political. Until 2012, Aimee Stephens was, in her own…

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ADDED ON: 09/03/2019

New campaign raises awareness of dangers faced by LGBTQ people in UK immigration detention

UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group have launched an important new campaign. The organisation’s first national social media campaign #LendYourVoice aims to raise awareness around the discrimination and danger that LGBTQ people…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2019

Groups argue law doesn’t protect transgender woman from workplace bias

More than three dozen groups, from Christian colleges to feminists, filed friend-of-the-court briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to side with a Michigan funeral home business that fired a transgender employee who…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2019

Indian state bans unnecessary surgery on intersex babies

An Indian state has banned sex assignment surgery on babies whose sex is not clear at birth, a health official said on Wednesday, in a first to protect intersex children. The landmark…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2019

Birth certificate reform passes through Victorian Parliament

The Victorian Legislative Council last night passed an amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 (Vic), making it possible for transgender and gender diverse people to change the legal…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2019

The (queer) year that was

If you’re a queer Indian, the reading down of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (a colonial-era law that criminalised consensual adult same sex relationships) on September 6, 2018, is a…

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