• 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: 05/21/2018

Despite Fatwa, Transgender People in Iran Face Harassment

Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother’s balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful places the 19-year-old transgender woman has in Iran, where her identity can bring harassment and prying,…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2018

Colombia LGBT: The Shop that Wants Men to ‘Leave Behind Shyness’

Pinned to the glass door of Tranxtienda, a clothes shop tucked away on the third floor of an aging concrete mall in the Colombian capital Bogotá, a sign reads: “If this door…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2018

Mexico Bans 17 ‘False’ Transgender Women Running in Local Elections

The LGBT community in Oaxaca, Mexico, is outraged after 17 men falsely identified themselves as transgender women to stand for the upcoming local elections on July 11. Mexican media reported that various…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2018

Breaking the Norm! Transgender-Couple in Kerala Gets Legally Married

What can only be described as a triumphant victory for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community in India, the first legal trans-couple in Kerala got married on Thursday, May 10. Ishan…

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ADDED ON: 05/11/2018

Portugal’s President Vetoes New Gender-Change Law

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has vetoed a law that would have made it easier for people to change their gender and name in documents. The law, approved by parliament last…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2018

Pakistan Passes Law Guaranteeing Transgender Rights

Pakistan’s parliament has approved a law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender people in a country which sees prevalent discrimination. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) act was passed by a majority in…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines

Angel Cabaluna dusted makeup onto her thighs, styled her hair in loose curls and applied smoky eye shadow that glittered on her lids. As this hamlet of cornfields and concrete houses prepared…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

How Mary Ann Horton Invented the Email Attachment, Then Revolutionized Trans Rights

Computer scientist Mary Ann Horton is playfully modest about one of her best-known achievements. She calls uuencode—short for Unix-to-Unix-encoding—a “dumb little program” that she wrote in 1980, even though it has since…

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ADDED ON: 04/28/2018

IAAF Female Classification Rules Slammed as ‘Blatantly Racist’

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has come under intense fire since releasing its new “Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification&rdquo. The rules have been called sexist, racist, unethical, and based…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2018

Pakistan Launches First School for Transgender People

Pakistan has opened its first school specialising in education for transgender people. The school launched in the city of Lahore, in the Punjab province, with 30 students enrolled. The institution, called The…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

‘TransMilitary’ Is the LGBTI Advocacy Film Middle America Needs to See

Any parent would struggle to send their child off to war, of course. But there’s another layer to the Cooks’ fear. As one of about 15,500 transgender troops in the U.S. military,…

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ADDED ON: 03/15/2018

Gays for Trump Found Peter Boykin Calls Transgender Troops ‘Mentally Challenged’

Peter Boykin, founder of the campaign group Gays for Trump, is running for the North Carolina House of Representatives under the slogan “MAGA for everyone.” It seems that his slogan doesn’t include transgender soldiers, whom he described…

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