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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: 08/15/2021

Two transgender women attacked in Cameroon after release from prison

A violent mob in Cameroon earlier this week attacked two transgender women after their release from prison. Human Rights Watch reports that the mob attacked Patricia and Shakiro at around 1 a.m.…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2021

Kids in this country can ‘explore gender’ in school without parental consent

Children as young as four can “explore their gender” without parental consent in some parts of the UK. New guidance in Scotland has said schoolkids should be supported in using a different…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2021

Meet trans beauty queen Nguyen Huong Giang, Vietnamese Miss International Queen winner and advocate for LGBT rights

Nguyen made waves again in 2018 when she was crowned the first Vietnamese winner of the prestigious Miss International Queen, the world’s biggest annual beauty pageant for transgender women held in Pattaya,…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2021

Video Captures Vicious Homophobic Attack in Cameroon

A brutal attack on two transgender women in Cameroon occurred just weeks after a court ordered the women, Shakiro and Patricia, released from prison pending their appeal of a five-year sentence on…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2021

Guyana decriminalizes cross-dressing

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana on Tuesday officially decriminalized cross-dressing. Local media reports indicate lawmakers in the South American country approved a measure to remove cross-dressing from the colonial-era Summary Jurisdiction (Offenses) Act.…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2021

Argentina Goes Further To Protect LGBTQ Rights With New Law On Trans Employment

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to reporter Daniel Politi in Buenos Aires about new Argentine laws designed to help trans people find employment. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: For years, Argentina has been at the…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2021

Indonesia’s trans women pushed to the brink during COVID pandemic

After catching the coronavirus, Jenny Mikha was faced with a choice: go out on the streets to find food, and infect more people, or starve. Like many of Indonesia's marginalised and stigmatised…

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ADDED ON: 08/07/2021

American Medical Association says sex should be removed from birth certificates

The American Medical Association (AMA) says that sex should be removed as a legal designation on the public part of birth certificates. The group says including the information can lead to stigmatization…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2021

IOC Investigates Anti-LGBT Slurs Against Olympic Athletes on Russian TV

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is investigating two Russian state-run TV channels over talk shows that disparaged the lifestyles of a transgender and a gay athlete as “perversion” and “abomination,” the BBC…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2021

Ghana court drops case against 21 LGBT+ activists

HO, Ghana, Aug 5 (Reuters) - A court in Ghana dismissed a case against 21 Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) activists on Thursday, ruling there was not enough evidence to prove…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2021

I’m fighting for my community’ says Miss South Africa’s first transgender contestant

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 2 (Reuters) - The first transgender contestant in South Africa's national beauty pageant, 24-year-old Lehlogonolo Machaba hopes she will inspire greater acceptance of the LGBTQI community. Machaba, a fashion model,…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2021

Trans rights divides political rivals, young and old in the United States

Americans are deeply divided over transgender rights, data released on Tuesday showed, with experts accusing politicians of exploiting clear differences along party lines to foment a culture war over the issue in…

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