• 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.

Instituto Nice Creates Opportunities for Trans Brazilians

“My dream is to get married and be able to guarantee my partner the right to stay on the small piece of land I have.” When Valeria Rodriguez heard this request from…

ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

Fired for not using trans student’s pronouns, teacher argues ‘that is not tolerance’

Before he was fired for refusing to use male pronouns for a transgender student, Virginia teacher Peter Vlaming defended his convictions. “We are here today because a specific worldview is being imposed on…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

Islamic exorcisms used as conversion therapy as Indonesian city moves against LGBT population

An Indonesian city has launched a new campaign to "cleanse" LGBT people of their "social sickness" through religious exorcisms, a move that's been seen as part of the country's growing intolerance towards the…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

Welcome to Jamaica – no longer ‘the most homophobic place on Earth’

Early one late summer morning, more than 200 people gathered under the lush canopy of Hope Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica, for a breakfast party. It was all a far cry from the country that…

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Tonga’s Leitis in Waiting

Tonga is distinguished for being the sole monarchy in the South Pacific. This unique status has been a blessing for the indigenous transgender community in the archipelago. Adopting the local name of…

ADDED ON: 12/06/2018

There’s Safety in the Family Fold for Rural LGBTI People in Uganda

On a small farm in eastern Uganda, a baby boy named JoJo was born. Skinny with thin lips and cute ears, JoJo grew up hanging out only with the girls, singing and…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2018

Brazil Attempts To End Gender And Sexuality Education In Schools

President Jair Bolsonaro’s win was a grave day for Brazilian LGBTI individuals. Not only did the former army captain actively come out against LGBT rights, but he’s now going after gender and…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2018

Holiday Hiring in Brazil Reaches Out to Transgender Community

Brazilian LGBT+ rights activists on Tuesday hailed Dutch retailer C&A for directing a new hiring campaign at underrepresented minorities, including transgender people. The company announced that it would be hiring for 5,000…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Another Indonesian city outlaws gay sex

The city council in Pariaman on Nov. 27 approved the new bylaw providing fines of 1 million rupiah (U.S. $70) for behaviors that “are considered LGBT,” the Jakarta Post reported in an Agence France-Presse…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2018

LGBT CARAVAN ASYLUM SEEKERS COULD HAVE TO ‘PROVE’ STATUS TO GET INTO U.S.

LGBT asylum seekers traveling from Central American countries to the U.S. may have to "prove" their status in order to claim asylum in the U.S., said a University of California researcher. Earlier this…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2018

As Tanzania’s LGBT fear for their lives, HIV will thrive

In one day, everything changed. One day, she could walk down the street like anyone else. People still stared and often judged but in their own minds -- not out loud. But before she knew…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2018

Indonesian city to fine LGBT residents for disturbing ‘public order’

An Indonesian city plans to fine its gay and transgender residents 1m rupiah ($70) for disturbing “public order”, reflecting a rise in discrimination against the Muslim-majority nation’s small LGBT community.  This week,…

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