• 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: 06/24/2018

Trans March in Toronto Draws Hundreds in Support of Transgender Community

Hundreds of people took part in the Trans March in downtown Toronto on Friday night in solidarity with the city’s transgender community. Nicki Ward, a Toronto LGBT leader and director of the…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

Kenya Takes Steps to Recognize Intersex People

Kenya is beginning to recognize people who identify as intersex, meaning they are born with genitalia, chromosomes or reproductive organs that don’t fit the typical definitions of male or female. A major…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2018

WHO Publishes ICD-11 – And No End in Sight for Pathologisation of Intersex People

On June 18, 2018, the World Health Organization published the new International Classification of Diseases in its 11th version, which will be presented for final approval to the World Health Assembly in…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2018

Year in Review: LGBTI Rights in Latin America

TeleSUR takes a look at some key events for LGBTI rights in the past year in Latin America and the Caribbean. Bermuda | Brazil | Saint Lucia | Uruguay | Chile |…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2018

Not Everyone Benefits from WHO Removing Gender Dysphoria as a Mental Disorder

People been celebrating the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to remove gender dysphoria from its list of mental disorders. But not everyone can celebrate as much as others. Now known as gender incongruence, the WHO announced…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

Argentina: Man Sentenced to Life for Brutal Transgender Murder

A court in Argentina has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for the brutal murder of high-profile transgender activist Diana Sacayán. She was stabbed 13 times in her Buenos Aires flat in…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2018

India: A Basic Human Rights Issue

Although discrimination against transgenders is prevalent in India, the scene is slowly evolving as government is recognising them and providing them with identification documents. The word “transgender” is an umbrella term used…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2018

China’s Transgenders ‘step forward’ from the Shadows

Lan spent years trapped between two identities: the male gender assigned to her at birth and the woman she was inside — a living “torture” in a China not yet ready to…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2018

Cycling Legend Philippa York Embraced by Her Sport After Coming Out as Transgender

Philippa York was arguably the most celebrated British bicycle racer of the 20th century. Yet, when she turned up to watch a race in Switzerland this spring, York realized it was her…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2018

Anti-LGBT, Anti-Islam, Anti-immigrant Rhetoric Featured Alongside Racist Dog-whistles and Trump Cabinet Officials at WCS 2018

The ostensible headliners of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on June 8 and 9 were embattled Trump cabinet members Attorney General Jeff Sessions (still under fire from the president for not recusing…

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ADDED ON: 06/11/2018

Irish Prison Service Slammed Over Failures to Publish Policy to Protect At-Risk LGBT Prisoners

The Irish Prison Service has been slammed over its failure to publish a policy to protect at-risk LGBT prisoners from bullying and potentially violence. The Out On The Inside report commissioned by…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2018

A History of Harassment: Probing Indonesia’s Anti-LGBT Campaign

Last month, Indonesia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community was buoyed by a decision to remove the phrase “same-sex” from the article on fornication in the proposed Criminal Code (KUHP) bill,…

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