• 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: 03/04/2019

Merkel successor Kramp-Karrenbauer under fire for anti-LGBT joke

The CDU leader mocked the idea of gender-neutral bathrooms during a Carnival-themed program on public broadcaster SWR. Politicians and activists called the incident a "travesty." Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's hand-picked…

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ADDED ON: 03/04/2019

Transgender soldier on fighting the Australian army’s attempt to dismiss her

Transgender soldier Bridget Clinch has opened up about how she fought against the Australian army after it tried to dismiss her following her gender reassignment surgery. When Clinch – who had served…

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ADDED ON: 03/04/2019

The Kimberley Queen who escaped persecution in Indonesia to find sanctuary in Broome

Escaping persecution as a gay man in Indonesia several years ago, the reigning Kimberley Queen has instead found a supportive community in the northern Western Australia town of Broome. Growing up in…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2019

Homophobia and Rising Islamic Intolerance Push Indonesia’s Intersex Bissu Priests to the Brink

Once kingmakers in one of the most gender fluid societies on earth, the intersex bissu priests of Sulawesi — Indonesia's third-largest island — are on the verge of disappearing after years of…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2019

Pakistan opens public school for transgender students

Pakistan has opened a public school exclusively for transgender pupils, believed to be one of the first of its kind in the country. Around 20 students will attend the school, which was…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2019

LGBT Kenyans’ Patience Has Gone Unrewarded

Kenya’s High Court on Friday postponed a much-awaited decision on a colonial-era law that has long deprived one group of Kenyans of uhuru, or freedom, promising to revisit the issue in May.…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2019

Drag queens protest at border wall to raise money for LGBTQ asylum-seekers

Beatrix Lestrange stood in front of a crowd wearing a multicolored dress, red wig, black pumps and a choker with studs. “Who’s ready to have a political time?” Lestrange asked the audience,…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2019

Story of a trans man who suffers Brazil’s hostile environment to LGBTQ

Growing up in an evangelical Christian family in Brazil, life was pretty tough for Ariel Nobre. Designated female at birth, the 31-year-old transgender man was sent to a gay conversion therapy centre…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2019

Kids Love Drag Queen Storytime. Anti-LGBT Groups Want To Shut Them Down

The children who listen to the drag queens reading stories in Houston, Michigan, and South Carolina love it. Anti-LGBT groups are mobilizing to menace the events out of existence.  Houston drag queen…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2019

Spain’s far-right debuts in Senate by blocking anti-homophobia motion

Spain's far-right party Vox debuted in the upper house of parliament by blocking a motion calling for an official stance against homophobia in sport. Vox automatically obtained the right to send one…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2019

GOP lawmakers push to ban LGBT conversion therapy in Utah

Two Republican lawmakers proposed a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors in conservative Utah on Thursday, a plan that's been hailed as a milestone by advocates and won't be opposed by…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2019

Colombia’s ‘Madonna’ helps LGBTQ people fleeing Venezuela

Gusts of hot desert wind drift through the broken window, shattered by a stone, in the house that Madonna Badillo shares with seven Venezuelan sex workers. Badillo fixed the window many times…

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