• 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: 08/23/2020

Erased From the Trump Administration’s Draft of Key Foreign Aid Policy: Any Mention of LGBT People

The lead U.S. foreign aid agency has proposed a new policy on gender and women’s empowerment that eliminates any mention of transgender people or contraceptives, running counter to its own long-standing practices…

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ADDED ON: 08/23/2020

Holland, Michigan adopts anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ, others

After a seven-hour meeting that went into the night and included several hours of impassioned public comment, Holland City Council voted 8-1 early Thursday morning to approve an ordinance protecting LGBTQ individuals,…

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ADDED ON: 08/20/2020

‘The volume has been turned up on everything’: Pandemic places alarming pressure on transgender mental health

The surgery was supposed to be a turning point. Brenda Emery spent a year preparing for the vaginoplasty. To save up for it, she took jobs in food service straight out of…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

LGBTQ+ People In Beirut Are Suffering As Lebanon Continues to Bleed

Lebanon, a country ravaged by war for 15 years, had its most devastating blast on August 4, 2020. The blast killed 180 people, injured more than 6,000, and has rendered 350,000 people…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

Donors free trans woman from jail in Cameroon, help her in new career

C., the trans woman in eastern Cameroon who is being helped by this blog’s Not Alone Project, has been released from prison early and is preparing for training as a hairdresser, a…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

Transgender Salvadoran woman who fled to Guatemala murdered

A 29-year-old transgender woman from El Salvador who fled to Guatemala was murdered on Aug. 1. The woman, who the Blade will call Jazmín in order to protect her family’s security, had…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2020

Ancient Viking warrior given a hero’s burial may have actually been ‘transgender, non-binary or gender fluid’

Three years ago, the ornately dressed remains of a high-status Viking warrior from the mid-900s were discovered alongside swords, spears and two slaughtered horses in Birka, Sweden. Following studies, it was assumed…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2020

An inclusive move: Reserved seats for transgenders in Kolkata

Kolkata’s transgender commuters will now have designated seats in some of the city’s public buses. The movement to reserve at least one bus seat for the third gender was officially launched on…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2020

UK Black Pride ‘celebrates black queer voices’ as coronavirus forces 15th anniversary event online

UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest celebration for LGBTQ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent – didn’t let a little thing like a global pandemic stop celebration…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2020

World Rugby’s proposed ban on transgender women sparks outcry

Citing recent research, a 38-page World Rugby transgender working group draft document is proposing a ban on transgender women from playing women's rugby. An anonymous leaked the draft document to The Guardian.…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2020

Poland’s LGBTQ activists confront growing crackdown

The arrest of a non-binary person on Aug. 7 underscores the growing crackdown against LGBTQ activists in Poland. Margot Szutowicz, who uses female pronouns, and nearly 50 others were arrested in Warsaw,…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2020

First pan-African virtual Pride event takes place to share LGBT+ stories

The first pan-African virtual Pride event takes place on Friday aimed at bringing together LGBT+ Africans to share their stories of challenge and success from a continent where they are often criminalised…

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