• 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: 06/06/2018

After 34 years, Trans Lawyer Quits DOJ Under Trump for LGBTI Legal Group

After working for the Justice Department for 34 years, a transgender attorney who objected to Trump administration anti-LGBTI policies has left her leadership position for work at a prominent LGBTI legal group.…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2018

Afro-Brazilian Trans Women Fight Pervasive Racialized Misogyny

Dália Costa, a transgender college student, was attending an event centering on LGBT inclusivity at the Federal University of Pernambuco’s Recife campus in Brazil this past March. As she was walking to the bus…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2018

Intersex Dilemma: When and If to Choose Surgery?

The mere fact that one identifies as male or female is something most people take for granted. But for some people gender identity is a thorny issue, especially for those who find…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

The Quiet Voices of Arunachal’s LGBT Community

Arunachal Pradesh is a weird cross of old shrill Hindi songs and the latest, colourfully vibrant K-pop videos. But one thing that has not changed and has remained staunch in its stand…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

Japanese Firms Starting to Create Accepting Environment for Transgender Individuals

Awareness of the troubles transgender individuals face in the workforce is on the rise in Japan, and companies are increasingly making efforts to make the working environment more accepting, earning a favorable…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

How Feminism Can Help in the Fight Against Transphobia

TERFs - or trans-exclusionary radical feminists - is an internet buzzword that recently rose from obscurity and found itself increasingly in newspaper headlines, TV shows and mainstream discussion. Pretty much shorthand for…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

Culture News in Brief: First Transgender Winner of Mr Gay Denmark Speaks Out Against Shallow LGBTI Circles

Jansen is not an obvious winner of what many might regard as a beauty award. “A gay man is desirable if he is young, muscular and cisgender, and I am neither of…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

Transgender Honduran Woman’s Death in US ‘ice box’ Detention Prompts Outcry

A transgender Honduran woman died in Ice custody last Friday after coming to the US as part of a caravan of Central American migrants, including several dozen other transgender women fleeing persecution in…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2018

The Oppression of ‘Tolerance’ in Guyana

“He was burned to death in a house . . . They burned him to death. They tied him up and then burned the house . . . [The police failed to…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

This Organization is Giving Free Chest Binders to Trans People in Need

Point of Pride, a non-profit organization supporting trans people, has started a chest binder donation program. The goal is to provide chest binders to transgender individuals who may not be able to…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2018

The Search for the ‘Transgender Brain’ Is Dangerous—and Dehumanizing

We don’t need another scientific study to boost acceptance of transgender people. We need transgender people to start being accepted in workplaces, in religions, and in families. The hunt for the “transgender…

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ADDED ON: 05/22/2018

Queer Heroes of America’s Territories

Activists and LGBT leaders in the American territories have to work even harder sometimes. Here are just a few leaders leading the good fight. Trans activist and educator, Dr. Vene Sele, has…

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