• 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: 02/19/2020

African countries must scrap outdated laws and fully legalise same-sex relations

Sixty-eight countries around the world continue to criminalise same-sex relations. Almost half of them are based in Africa, comprising more than half the continent. These laws are grossly outdated. In effect they…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2020

Sing a new song unto the Lord: the transgender, nonbinary Rev. Kori Pacyniak

The conversation began in typical fashion, with a question many grandparents ask: “When you grow up,” Kori Pacyniak’s grandmother wondered, “what would you like to be?” At that point, the chat took…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2020

LGBT GROUPS OBJECT TO FEDERAL LAWSUIT THAT SEEKS TO REVERSE TRANS-INCLUSIVE SCHOOL ATHLETIC POLICIES

A new federal lawsuit seeking to challenge trans-inclusive school athletic policies is receiving backlash from LGBT organizations, who view the action as the latest maneuver in a string of public attacks on…

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ADDED ON: 02/14/2020

Who should decide when a child can change gender?

It was a case that tore a family apart – and exposed the faultlines in an increasingly bitter global row over the rights of a child to define their own gender. The…

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ADDED ON: 02/12/2020

Rebecca Long-Bailey sparks Labour row after pledging to fight ‘transphobic’ women’s groups

Rebecca Long-Bailey has triggered a furious row after signing up to a campaign to “fight” women’s groups branded “transphobic” and to expel offending party members. The Labour leadership contender has urged others…

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ADDED ON: 02/11/2020

South Dakota Senate Committee kills controversial gender-change bill

In a 5-2 vote on Monday, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted to kill a bill that aimed to ban gender-change treatments for youth under 16. The ACLU of South…

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ADDED ON: 02/07/2020

National firestorm on horizon as states consider criminalizing transgender treatments for youths

Rep. Fred Deutsch, sponsor of the South Dakota's HB 1057, said he introduced the bill Jan. 14 to prevent doctors from pushing children to change their bodies. “Every child in South Dakota…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2020

Guyana gay-rights manifesto: Seeking support from political parties

Gay rights advocates in Guyana have compiled a manifesto aimed at persuading Guyanese political parties to embrace measures to end repression of the LGBT community. News Room Guyana reported on the proposals…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2020

Rising populism stokes homophobic hate speech across Europe

Homophobic and transphobic rhetoric and other anti-LGBT+ hate crimes are rising across Europe, fuelled by divisive politics and socially conservative groups that also campaign against abortion access, an advocacy group said on…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2020

Indian Supreme Court accepts trans lawsuit against new trans rights law

The Supreme Court issued a notice to the central government on Monday on a petition alleging that a legislation drafted to protect transgender persons was violative of their rights. The plea filed…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2020

Trans lawmaker Danica Roem gets powerful words of Equal Rights Amendment tattooed on her arm

Trans lawmaker Danica Roem has had the first 24 words of the Equal Rights Amendment tattooed onto her arm in a powerful statement on gender equality. Roem – who became the first…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2020

‘I tested my new name at the coffee shop’

"Choosing my name was a pretty long journey," says Sonja Howells. "When I first said my name to the barista, it felt so liberating. It was so freeing. To say, this is…

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