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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: 06/05/2021

Tax rebate for Bangladesh companies hiring transgender people

Bangladesh has declared a tax rebate for companies hiring transgender people to boost the government’s social inclusion efforts for the marginalised group in the Muslim-majority South Asian country. “I propose to enact…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2021

In a first, Gurugram administration organises Covid vaccination for transgender community, sex workers

In a unique initiative by the Gurugram administration, a special vaccination camp was organised for the transgender community and sex workers, who live in the Millennium City. Around 200 people were vaccinated…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2021

Why Twitter and Instagram are inviting people to share their pronouns

Are you a he or a she? A they or a ze? If you're on Instagram, you can now choose from a list of more than 10 pronoun options to express your…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2021

WATCH: Transgender Albanians battle taboos

Transgender people find little acceptance in conservative societies like Albania. After years of isolation, members of the transgender community decided to confront taboos by launching a photo exhibition in the capital, Tirana.

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2021

Dior chooses Chinese transgender star as an ambassador for its new fragrance campaign

Dior, the French house owned by LVMH, the largest luxury group in the world, is collaborating with China’s transgender celebrity Jin Xing for a campaign centred on the brand’s J’adore fragrance. Dior…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2021

World’s largest gaming service Twitch adds ‘transgender’ tag

The world’s largest game streaming service Twitch has said that players will be able to add a transgender label to their videos – a move the company said would aid inclusion among…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2021

Americans Strongly Support Trans Rights — In Some Cases

Americans strongly support trans service members being in the military — even as they say trans athletes should compete in sports according to the sex listed on their birth certificates, according to…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2021

Japan: New Momentum to Reform Transgender Law

Transgender people in Japan face continuing barriers to changing their legally recognized gender, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Japanese government should heed increasing calls from activists and…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2021

No safe haven: gay and transgender Africans fleeing persecution at home attacked in refugee camps

When Bijoux Ferrazza realised she was transgender, she took a good look around her. Transgender women are nowhere to be seen in Cameroon. Every once in a while, they make headlines, but…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2021

Hong Kong’s Transgender Community Speaks Out Against Stigma

In Hong Kong, transgender people are far from accepted. Members of the community spoke out against discrimination after a survey published ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia revealed…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2021

Ukraine march in support of more transgender rights

Scores of people rallied in Ukraine on Saturday in support of the Trangender and LGBT community. Crowds gathered in the capital Kyiv, waving flags and chanting as they called on the government…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2021

LGBTQ Africans struggle to navigate US asylum process

It is no secret that many LGBTQ individuals around the world live in fear of the negative implications that result from identifying outside the limits of cisgenderism and heteronormativity. For Africans living…

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