• 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: 05/07/2020

One in three trans people targeted for ‘conversion therapy’ in Colombia

One in five LGBT+ people have undergone “conversion therapy” to make them straight in Colombia, rising to one in three trans people, researchers said on Wednesday, amid global moves to ban the…

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ADDED ON: 05/06/2020

LAWS ALLOWING LEGAL GENDER CHANGE WITHOUT SURGERY INTRODUCED IN AUSTRALIAN STATE OF VICTORIA

New laws have come into effect in the Australian state of Victoria that now allow trans and gender diverse Victorians to alter the sex recorded on their birth certificate without having to…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2020

Top Egyptian actor goes public about trans son

A well-known Egyptian actor has spoken on television about having a 26-year-old transgender son, in a rare public show of support for LBGT+ rights in the conservative Muslim country. Hesham Selim, 62,…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2020

In Ganjam’s quarantine centres, no separate provision for the transgender community

Due to the lack of separate arrangements for transgender persons at a quarantine centre, Prasant*, an 18-year-old transgender person, had to spend a 14-day quarantine period, till April 29, with a group…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2020

Trans woman sets herself on fire in Georgia as virus lockdown cuts income

A transgender woman set herself on fire in Georgia to highlight the plight of trans sex workers with no income during the coronavirus lockdown, LGBT+ groups said on Friday as they called…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2020

Two arrested in alleged hate crime killing of transgender women in Puerto Rico

Two men have been arrested in Puerto Rico in the shooting death of two transgender women whose bodies were found last week in a burned-out car. The two suspects, Juan Carlos Pagán…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2020

Pope Francis just threw his support behind a small community of Italian transgender sex workers

Sex workers, particularly those who are undocumented, have been badly hit by the pandemic as many are unable to work or claim benefits. This was the case for a group of trans…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2020

Groups Express Grave Concern about the Commission on Unalienable Rights

As human rights organizations, scholars, defenders and activists, we the 167 undersigned, write to express our grave concern about the work of the U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights and any…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2020

Wave of trans murders sparks fear of ‘hunting season’ in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has been hit by an “epidemic of violence” with five transgender murders in two months, LGBT+ activists said on Wednesday, adding that homophobic rhetoric from politicians and religious leaders may…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2020

Transgender man loses appeal court battle to be registered as father

A transgender man who gave birth has lost his appeal court battle to be registered as a father in a case that wrestled with the legal definition of motherhood and transgender rights.…

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ADDED ON: 04/29/2020

How Iran’s anti-LGBT policies put transgender people at risk

Despite repressive laws against homosexuality, gender reassignment surgery remains legal in Iran. But Iranians who seek sex-change operations are faced with a harsh approval process and a high risk of botched surgeries.…

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ADDED ON: 04/28/2020

EU urged to act as Hungary’s far-right government moves to end legal recognition of trans people

The European Union has been urged to take action against the Hungarian government as it moves to push through “discriminatory” legalisation that would end the legal recognition of trans people within the…

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