• 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: 10/22/2018

The Trump Administration’s Latest Anti-Transgender Action, Explained

President Donald Trump’s administration is working on yet another anti-LGBTQ policy, the New York Times reported over the weekend. Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering an interpretation of…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2018

Uruguayan Congress Approves Comprehensive Law For Trans People

Congress in Uruguay approved with a large majority (62 out of the 88 lawmakers in session), the project of comprehensive law for trans people, to ensure the protection of their rights. The project of…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2018

First Dutch Gender-Neutral Passport Issued

Leonne Zeegers, 57, received a passport with the gender designation X, instead of M for man or V for woman. Born male, in 2001 Zeegers had surgery to become female, but now…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2018

Anti-LGBT Lawsuits Already Headed Justice Kavanaugh’s Way

Precisely on cue with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, anti-LGBT groups have filed lawsuits challenging LGBT rights that may in the near future serve to test the…

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ADDED ON: 10/14/2018

Buckle Up: India’s First Trans Cabbie Revs Up for Equality

Lipstick in hand and phone at the ready, Meghna Sahoo darkens her eyes with kohl, combs her long, black hair and adjusts a dupatta scarf so she is primed for her first…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2018

Uruguay One Step Closer To Protecting Trans Rights, Senate Commission Approves Bill

The Uruguayan Senate committee approved the Comprehensive Law for Trans People that could allow minors to have hormone therapy without parental approval. The social movement Trans Union of Uruguay arrived at the…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2018

The Next Frontier of LGBTI Equality? Reforming the Gender Recognition Act

“You can get married now, isn’t that all you wanted? I thought the struggle for LGBTI equality was over?” Over and over again, I get asked these kinds of questions. People trying…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

School Bars Transgender Girl from Both Locker Rooms During Lockdown, Virginia LGBT Group Says

Students in a Virginia middle school gym class were supposed to shelter in nearby locker rooms during a school lockdown — but one student was barred from going into either of those…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2018

Transgender Candidates in Brazil Push to Have Voices Heard

Barbara Aires, who was born male, says she spent much of her childhood on the streets because her father, in the military and from the conservative state of Minas Gerais, refused to…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

LGBTQ Community Cheers Passage of New Law That Protects from Discrimination

Tuesday night leaders in Cuyahoga County gave the green light to the formation of a commission on human rights that extends new protections for members of the LGBTQ community. Previously those individuals…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

Brazil’s Transgender Volleyball Star Eyes Congress Seat

After a decade of tearing up professional men’s volleyball leagues in Europe, Tiffany Abreu is used to taking on steep challenges. Fresh from becoming Brazil’s first transgender player, she is running for…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2018

Mix of Setbacks, Gains Unsettles Many Transgender Americans

For transgender Americans, 2018 has been marked by series of advancements and setbacks. The steps forward have included numerous legislative actions and court rulings buttressing civil rights and a victory by a…

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