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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: 04/20/2022

From backstage to spotlight: LGBTQ samba group takes on Rio carnival.

For the first time ever, a majority-LGBTQ samba outfit will take part in Rio carnival's famous street parades, flaunting rather than hiding their sexual identity. In the lead-up to their big debut,…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2022

Look Inside Lambda Warszawa, the Organization Helping LGBTQ Ukrainian Refugees.

A deeply Catholic country, Poland has long been a fraught place for LGBTQ people. But in 2015, when President Andrzej Duda was elected, anti-LGBTQ sentiments increased amid hate campaigns that made queer…

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ADDED ON: 04/19/2022

Same-Sex Marriage Foes Get Band Back Together for ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Push.

As social conservatives across the country push a coordinated, nationwide effort to roll back the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children, many veterans of the war over same-sex marriage are…

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ADDED ON: 04/18/2022

Gay Missouri lawmaker to GOP colleague: ‘I’m not afraid of you anymore’

Drama erupted in the Missouri State House over a proposed law that would prevent trans women from participating in women’s sports. In a passionate speech on Thursday, state Representative Ian Mackey, 35, blasted…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2022

Kansas governor vetoes ban on transgender athletes in women’s sports for second year in a row

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed Friday a bill that would ban transgender athletes in girls' and women's sports, the second year in a row she has made such a move. Similar to her…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2022

The library sheltering queer refugees fleeing Ukraine

This is not the story I planned to write. Initially, it was about Biblioteka Azyl, the queer library Filip Kijowski founded at Lublin’s Galeria Labirynt in 2020 with curator Waldemar Tatarczuk. Kijowski…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2022

Kosovo’s underground LGBTQ community leads ‘double life’

The Kosovo couple have hidden their relationship for eight years. Whenever they meet in public, common friends are invited in order not to raise suspicion. They also hesitate to even post on…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2022

Transgender migrants in Juarez wait chance to apply for U.S. asylum

Alejandra Gomez, a transgender woman, left her native Honduras a few months ago, fleeing discrimination and threats of violence. “That is the reason I am here,” Gomez said Thursday at the doorstep…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2022

Food insecurity: LGBT people of color 3X more likely v. white non-LGBT

LOS ANGELES – During the pandemic, an estimated 13% of LGBT adults in the U.S. reported not having enough to eat in the past week, compared to 8% of non-LGBT adults, according…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2022

Turkish prosecutor seeks closure of association for organizing LGBTI event.

A Turkish prosecutor has launched legal proceedings against an association, seeking its closure in connection with a LGBTI event it organized, the Kronos news website reported on Tuesday. The community-centered Association for…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2022

The Internet ‘Protection Bill’ will hurt all Iranians, but the queer community will have the most to lose.

International human rights organizations and the United Nations are saying a lot about the repressive “Regulatory System for Cyberspace Services Bill”—widely referred to as the “Protection Bill”—currently under review by the Iranian…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2022

THIS INITIATIVE IS ENCOURAGING TRANS CHILDREN TO ‘UNBOX THEIR LIVES’.

Queer people are commonly disenfranchised. From workplaces. From society. From their families. And beyond. On a daily basis. Hourly even. Every queer people I know of has been disfranchised at some point…

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