• 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: 02/06/2018

Doctors Should Stop Defining Sexual ‘Normality’

On October 26, 1996, a small group of activists picketed outside an American Academy of Pediatrics conference in Boston to draw attention to the fact that cosmetic surgeries were routinely being performed…

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Partner — international

Asociación ALFIL – Identidades en diálogo

Asociación ALFIL is an Ecuadorian non-profit organization working to improve the rights of the LGBTI community through political advocacy, health programming, and intervening in cases of human rights violations and hate crimes.

Partner — international

REDLACTRANS – Latin America and the Caribbean Network of Trans Persons

Anti-transgender violence is epidemic in Central America where the life expectancy of a Salvadoran transgender woman is less than 35 years. This shocking fact might not be known without the hard work of local activists documenting and reporting the sobering reality of daily life for transgender people in the region.

Partner — international

Thai Transgender Alliance

Thai Transgender Alliance (Thai TGA) is a network of individuals, groups, and organizations working to promote human rights for transgender people in Thailand. The primary goal of the network is to advocate for a better quality of life in all aspects for transgender people.

ADDED ON: 02/01/2018

Northern Ireland: Survey Shows Changing Attitudes Towards LGBTI People

Social attitudes in Northern Ireland towards LGBTI people are much more positive than they were a decade ago, a newly released Equality Commission survey has found. Positive views of LGB people increased…

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ADDED ON: 02/01/2018

Is Indonesia Really Going to Hand out Five Years’ Jail for Gay Sex?

Over the weekend, Indonesian police raided several beauty salons and held transgender women for three days, cut their long hair, forced them to wear men's clothes, and gave "counselling and coaching". "It's…

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Partner — usa

Heartland Alliance

Heartland Alliance’s Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights (GISHR) works with LGBT activists and organizations to promote and protect the rights of LGBT persons worldwide.

Partner — usa

Astraea Foundation

The Astraea Foundation is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTI human rights around the globe. Founded by activist women of color in the 1970s to fund a burgeoning national movement, in 1996 Astraea became the first U.S. organization to provide critically needed funding to LGBTI groups internationally. Astraea prioritizes funding for groups led by lesbian, transgender and intersex activists who are changing discriminatory laws and policies, using arts and cultural activism to inspire social change, and building inclusive movements for justice.

Partner — usa

Human Rights Watch

For over a decade, the Human Rights Watch lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights program has fought to end horrific human rights abuses—including killings, torture, wrongful arrests, domestic violence, censorship, and discrimination—and promote the rights of all people regardless of who they love, how they look, and who they are.

Partner — usa

Human Rights First

Human Rights First (HRF) is an independent advocacy and action organization working with LGBTI leaders across the globe to guarantee that their voices are heard. HRF is committed to protecting the human rights of LGBTI persons and ensuring that they remain a foreign policy priority of the U.S. government.

Partner — usa

Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth is advancing the sexual health and rights of LGBTI youth in the developing world by strengthening the capacity of sustainable youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations. Often there are limited spaces to organize and elevate issues that make LGBTI youth particularly vulnerable. Advocates has a network of 3,000 youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations and activists from 96 countries and provides support in 40 countries.

ADDED ON: 01/31/2018

New Data Released on Attitudes Toward Transgender People

Today, the global research firm IPSOS released the results of a 23 country survey, including the US, on attitudes toward transgender people. The data was collected online between October 24th and November…

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