• 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: 12/25/2018

‘Badhais’ criminalised, LGBT community opposes LS Bill

At the office of the Shaan Foundation, which works with the LGBT community in the district, transgender persons begin a gathering early in the day, holding a ‘siyappa’ (a mourning rite). Cheekily,…

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ADDED ON: 12/25/2018

Stonewall hits back at ‘inaccurate’ transgender lottery grant bias claims

Stonewall has responded to an “inaccurate” article by the Sunday Times about a grant reportedly awarded to the charity by the Big Lottery Fund. The piece claimed £500,000 was donated to the…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2018

Transgender university students told not to use men’s toilet

Two transgender students have received an apology from their English university after a security guard told them not to use the men’s toilets. The security guard allegedly asked the two students –…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

Costa Rica passes decrees boosting LGBT rights

Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado on Friday signed a number of decrees and norms granting various rights to the LGBT community. These measures will allow same-sex couples to receive an allowance for…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

Pakistan will make it illegal to harass trans women in the workplace

Pakistan’s trans community is celebrating its inclusion in new laws which ban workplace harassment. The Sindh province, whose seat of government is in Karachi, has drafted a new bill which would outlaw…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

Protests against transgender bill erupt in India

Transgender Indians on Wednesday (19 December) protested against a bill claiming to protect their rights. India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill on Monday. But, the…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2018

Explainer: What is a ‘terf’ and what’s going on with the UK’s debate on transgender rights?

IN 2015, IRELAND became the fourth country in the world to enshrine in law the right to gender recognition based on self-declaration. The historic move was a vital one for transgender people in…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Lesbian magazines unite to issue statement of support for trans women

Six leading publications aimed at lesbian and bisexual women have issued a joint statement in support of trans people. Representatives of DIVA, Curve, Autostraddle, LOTL, Tagg and Lez Spread The Word signed the statement. They…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2018

Colombia hands down first conviction for murder of trans woman

A court has handed down Colombia's first conviction for the murder of a transsexual woman. In the sentence dated Dec 3 and published Monday (Dec 17), a judge sentenced defendant Davinson Erazo…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2018

Death of transgender woman in Malaysia sparks fears of hate crime

The death of a transgender woman in Malaysia has sparked fears of a rise in hate crimes, campaigners said yesterday, as police moved swiftly to detain four suspects in the murder investigation.…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2018

Transgender Indians blocked from temple take case to police chief

Four transgender pilgrims stopped by police on their way to a sacred temple in southern India took their case to the district police chief on Monday (17 December). The four transgender women…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2018

She didn’t win the crown, but Spain’s Angela Ponce captivates netizens

After the announcement of the top 20 semi-finalists, in which she failed to advance, Ponce walked the stage one last time while a tribute video was playing. Ponce recieved cheers from the…

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