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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: 05/01/2022

It’s only 25 years since being gay stopped being illegal in Australia

When Tasmania decriminalised homosexuality on 1 May 1997, it became the last Australian state to do so. Today, LGBTIQ+ advocates there say there’s still work to be done, particularly to protect Australians…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2022

LGBTQ+ Muslims on finding queer joy: “It’s important to show future generations”

“I didn’t know you could be LGBTQ+ and Muslim” is a statement I overheard not too long ago. For the speaker, a religious identity (one of practised faith) felt juxtaposed alongside one…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2022

Protests greet homophobic TV interview in Martinique

In Martinique, human rights defenders quickly protested against a local television station that broadcast a sidewalk interview containing LGBTphobic conspiracy theories related to France’s April 24 presidential election. On March 22, Kanal…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2022

Life in Scotland is getting worse, say young LGBT+ people.

Life for LGBT+ young people in Scotland is “worse now than it has been for a long time”, according to a report that highlights growing concerns about homophobia in public spaces, bullying…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2022

Torture won’t fix me’ Protestors gather in Cardiff against transgender conversion therapy.

Protestors gathered in the centre of Cardiff to oppose conversion therapy for transgender people all over the UK. Organised by south Wales based group, Trans Aid Cymru, the demonstrators said they were…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2022

Air Force updates physical fitness testing guidelines for transgender airmen.

The Air Force updated its requirements Thursday to permit transgender airmen to skip the annual physical fitness test while they undergo gender-confirmation surgery. The policy itself is actually not new, Bree Fram,…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2022

‘Are You Ok?’ project gives voice to transgender kids in South Dakota.

In the first half of 2022, bills in state legislatures targeting transgender individuals are already outpacing 2021 legislation according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The exponential growth of anti-transgender legislation…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2022

Judge blocks Montana’s transgender birth certificate law

HELENA, Mont. -- A Montana judge on Thursday temporarily blocked enforcement of a law that required transgender people to have undergone a “surgical procedure” before being allowed to change their sex on…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2022

America is drowning in anti-LGBTQ attacks. Where is the Left’s lifeboat?

This week, Democratic state Sen. Mallory McMorrow gave a powerful floor speech in response to a colleague who in a fund raising email to supporters accused McMorrow of grooming and sexualizing children.…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2022

Report documents abuse of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in ICE custody

Human Rights First on Thursday released a report that documents the abuse of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers who entered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody after President Biden took office. The report notes…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2022

SYDNEY’S OUT GAY MP GREENWICH THREATENS TO PULL SUPPORT FOR NSW GOVERNMENT OVER TRANS COMMENTS

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has warned the NSW’s minority Dominic Perrottet government that he would withdraw his support if the Premier continued to make comments against the transgender community. The Perrottet…

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ADDED ON: 04/22/2022

GOP turns to false insinuations of LGBTQ grooming against Democrats

When Michigan Democratic state Sen. Mallory McMorrow stood on the chamber floor to take on a Republican colleague who had accused her of wanting to sexually groom children, she was denouncing not just…

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