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  • 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: 12/22/2019

Human rights are rarely debated openly in China. Xiao Ma’s case is a fascinating exception

It is rare to see human rights debated openly in China but the case of Xiao Ma has proven to be a fascinating exception. Not only was Ma the first transgender person…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2019

Thailand: Activists broaden push for same-sex marriage

LGBT activists are broadening their push for an amendment to the Civil and Commercial Code in a bid to allow people to legally wed, regardless of gender. LGBT coordinator Ekkawat Pimsawan on…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2019

This Intersex Runner Had Surgery to Compete. It Has Not Gone Well.

Annet Negesa had just finished training in Kampala, Uganda, in June 2012 when she received a call from a doctor from track and field’s world governing body. He told her that she…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2019

Will first trans hero mark a new era for LGBT+ roles in video games?

When Tyler Ronan and his twin sister Alyson ask video gamers to unravel their family’s mysterious past in small-town Alaska next year, the siblings will take followers on an untrodden journey. For…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2019

Anti-LGBT discrimination has a huge human toll. Research proves it.

In a trio of cases heard in October, the Supreme Court weighed whether discrimination against LGBT people should be legal. Over the course of those and related cases, a handful of scholars…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2019

Argentine soap opera a hit for trans rights

A popular soap opera in Argentina with a groundbreaking love scene between a transgender woman and man has helped break down stereotypes and negative views about gender diversity, supporters say. Running every…

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ADDED ON: 12/16/2019

Did Russia Register Its First Transgender Marriage?

Authorities in Russia have registered one of the first transgender marriages in a country that positions itself as a bastion of traditional family values. Erika Askarova and Viktor Manuilin’s otherwise ordinary wedding…

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ADDED ON: 12/16/2019

A guide to how gender-neutral language is developing around the world

What pronoun do you use to identify yourself? He? She? They? Something altogether different? It’s a question asked increasingly often as acceptance of a spectrum of gender and sexual identities grows. Some…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2019

Man Convicted of Hate Crime for Punching Transgender Woman

An Oregon man convicted of punching a transgender woman has been sentenced to probation. Dominick Gonzales, 38, changed his plea Friday and was convicted of first-degree bias crime for punching the woman…

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ADDED ON: 12/13/2019

Transgender Latina makes history as Evangelical Lutheran pastor

Before coming out as transgender, Nicole Garcia prayed daily that God would “fix” her. When her prayers weren’t answered and the feeling in her gut didn’t go away, she gave up on…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2019

‘God Has A New Africa’: Undercover in a US-led anti-LGBT ‘hate movement’

This year, I accomplished a feat that I never thought I would: I went undercover to investigate a group that hates me. Not long after I took my seat in the auditorium…

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