• 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: 07/03/2019

LGBTI Asia: From Myanmar tragedy to Pakistan progress

Homophobic bullying in Myanmar. Rainbow socks in Singapore. A first for trans people in Pakistan. This is a brief roundup of LGBTI news from countries that have anti-gay laws or are recovering…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2019

More than 200 companies tell Supreme Court to apply job discrimination laws to sexual orientation, gender identity

More than 200 companies urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to apply the nation's job discrimination laws to sexual orientation and gender identity. In three major civil rights cases the justices will…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2019

Anti-LGBT hate crimes are rising, the FBI says. But it gets worse

Friday marked 50 years since protesters fought back against a police raid of New York's Stonewall Inn and catalyzed the modern gay rights movement. But despite decades of progress, members of the…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2019

Protests in Pakistan after father arrested for murder of transgender daughter

The transgender community in Pakistan are leading protests after a 19-year-old transgender woman was found “riddled with bullets” beside a river bank. The teenager’s father has been arrested for her murder. The…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2019

Video: LGBT activists talk openly about life in Morocco

In collaboration with the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE), Human Rights Watch released a video, Monday, June 24. The footage, published on the Human Rights Watch Facebook page, aims to…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2019

Pioneers launching Pride in Bermuda, St. Lucia, Uganda, India

Activists in Bermuda and St. Lucia are planning those nations’ first Pride celebrations, while a fund drive is under way for Uganda’s seventh Pride, which is held annually except when police raids…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2019

Gov’t promises support for LGBTIQ community

Some 150 people, including representatives of the government and relevant ministries, the LGBTIQ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer), local authorities, ambassadors, parents and guardians held a meeting on Thursday…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2019

With ball gowns and dance, LGBT+ refugees in Kenya cast aside woes to celebrate

LGBT+ refugees in Kenya - some dressed in sequined ball gowns and slinky black evening dresses - cast aside their troubles on Thursday to eat lunch, dance to Congolese rumba and celebrate…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2019

Brazil’s Biggest Employer of Trans People Flies Its Pride Flag

With some 11,000 workers, the Guararapes Confeccoes SA is the biggest employer in Rio Grande do Norte state on Brazil’s northeast coast. In a typical month, the company hires around 100 people;…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2019

Middle East Survey Sees Patchy Progress in Views on Women’s and LGBT Rights

More men than women in Iraq say they have been sexually harassed, while only 6% of Lebanese people think being gay is acceptable, according to a major survey of public opinion in…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2019

“The Deceased Can’t Speak for Herself:” Violence Against LGBT People in Malaysia

The New Year rang in little cheer for transgender women in Malaysia. On January 1, a trans woman was killed in Klang, a Kuala Lumpur suburb, the third such killing in Malaysia…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2019

Gay Nigerian ex-priest honored for supporting asylum-seekers

A gay Nigerian former priest has received an award in recognition of his work supporting LGBTI African refugees. John Adewoye is a lifeline for many across the continent, one fractured in its…

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