• 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: 04/27/2020

Transgender players kick down doors in local football

Mara Gómez and Marcos Rojo are blazing a trail for transgender players in Argentine football. Out on the pitch, they finally can feel like themselves. In addition to the sheer joy that…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2020

Two transgender women found burned to death in Puerto Rico

The bodies of two transgender women were found burned to death inside a vehicle this week in Puerto Rico, according to activists, raising alarm about the killings of several transgender people on…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2020

The danger of being transgender in Latin America in times of quarantine

The trend started on April 1 in Panama, when President Laurentino Cortizo announced that men and women can only leave their homes on different days in an effort to slow the spread…

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ADDED ON: 04/22/2020

Meet the artists driving Russia’s new wave of queer music

The city of Norilsk is located above the Arctic Circle in Russia’s north. With just under 200,000 inhabitants, it’s known as a harsh, industrial place, its history shaped by extensive mining of…

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ADDED ON: 04/21/2020

1 in 5 Russians Advocate ‘Eliminating’ LGBT Community – Poll

Almost one in five Russians believe that LGBT people should be “eliminated,” according to the results of a new independent Levada Center poll. The figures showed 18% of respondents giving the response,…

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ADDED ON: 04/18/2020

Sharing hormones on Google Docs and ‘grey market’ pharmacies get gender-affirming care during the pandemic

Evelyn was growing nervous as she watched her supply of spironolactone dwindle while the city of Boston, where she lives, started its coronavirus lockdown in mid-March. Evelyn, 21, takes spiro as part…

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ADDED ON: 04/18/2020

How LGBTIQ+ Nigerians are coping with COVID-19 pandemic

In late February, Nigeria recorded its first confirmed case of the virus when an Italian man working in Lagos tested positive, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported. Last month after…

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ADDED ON: 04/18/2020

Gay men in Morocco say they are ‘living in constant fright’ after an influencer’s video sparked a trend

An Instagram influencer's video has started a dangerous trend where women are outing gay men in Morocco — where homosexuality is illegal — after encouraging her followers there to download gay dating…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2020

Arrests, Evictions & Scapegoating: Coronavirus Takes a Toll On LGBT+ Africans

Just before breakfast on a Sunday morning, Ugandan security forces stormed an LGBT+ shelter outside the capital Kampala, accusing more than 20 gay, bisexual and transgender people of spreading the new coronavirus.…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2020

Tanzania is still arresting and persecuting LGBTQ people

When James Wandera Ouma is asked what gives him hope as a gay man living in the east African nation of Tanzania, he can’t think of anything. “There’s no joy,” Ouma says.…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2020

NGO DISTRIBUTES FOOD TO TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY IN DELHI AMID LOCKDOWN

The members of Mitr Trust NGO on Saturday distributed food among the transgender community in Delhi amid COVID-19 lockdown. Rudrani Chettri, NGO Director said, “Many people are daily wage workers, they are…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2020

Year after trans military ban, legal battle rages on

In the year since the Trump administration banned transgender individuals from serving in the military, a number of advocacy groups have challenged the policy and many active service members say they’ve been…

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