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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: 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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ADDED ON: 01/30/2020

South Dakota Lawmakers Just Voted to Send Doctors to Jail for Helping Trans Kids

After hours of heated (and often comically inaccurate) debate, South Dakota’s House of Representatives on Wednesday became the first in the country to greenlight a bill that prohibits gender-affirming medical care for…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2020

Amnesty International urges Korea to take action on LGBT rights

Amnesty International on Thursday expressed concerns about the rights of sexual minorities in South Korea in its yearly human rights report, calling on the government and parliament to improve the situation. In…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2020

A GOP lawmaker, the son of an Auschwitz survivor, compared doctors treating transgender children to Nazis

The South Dakota legislature is considering the nation’s first law that could send doctors to jail for treating transgender youths younger than 16 with hormone therapy or surgery, and the fight over…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2020

Why are Dine LGBTQ people denied access to ceremony?

When Rei Yazzie started his transition and his voice began to change, he knew it was time to prepare for a tá’cheeh – a traditional male puberty ceremony. To do so, he…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2020

72 LGBT organisations write to MSPs supporting trans rights

Seventy two LBGT organisations have penned an open letter to MSPs, underlining their support for the government's proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act. Sports teams, pride event organisers, national organisations and…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2020

Denver school board votes to require gender neutral bathrooms in all public schools

A new school board for Denver Public Schools unanimously passed a resolution in its first meeting requiring all district schools to have at least one all-gender bathroom. The board has also made…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2020

Dozens of anti-LGBTQ state bills already proposed in 2020, advocates warn

Like most high school students, Aerin Geary does not typically pay attention to state legislation. However, the South Dakota teenager has been closely following House Bill 1057, a Republican proposal that would…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2020

LGB Alliance founder says there shouldn’t be LGBT clubs in schools because of ‘predatory gay teachers’

Malcolm Clark, co-founder of controversial anti-trans group the LGB Alliance, has denounced LGBT+ clubs in schools. Clark said LGBT+ clubs – a safe space for many LGBT+ schoolchildren to accept their sexuality…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2020

South Korea transgender soldier to sue over dismissal

A transgender soldier in South Korea says she will sue the army after it dismissed her for violating regulations following her sex change. Byun Hui-soo, 22, joined the army as a man…

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