• 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: 05/07/2019

LGBT in West Africa: Arrests, lynchings, discrimination, denial

West African nations display a mix of mostly abusive responses to LGBT people, including denial that they exist, lynchings and arrests even without anti-homosexuality laws. The context of West Africa is peculiar…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Jamaica: LGBTs Want Seat At National Table

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community are insisting that they be included in national campaigns that focus on the protection of the rights of the vulnerable in society.…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

LGBTI rights in the Balkans: A perpetual struggle

Romanian Adrian Coman and his American-born partner Clai Hamilton had two major reasons to celebrate when they tied the knot last June. One of course, was their marriage. The other was the…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

LGBT in the Persian Gulf: Hiding is critical

In the Persian Gulf, LGBT persons in general hide their sexual orientation and non-conforming gender identity. Expressing them could put them at grave risk of violence and criminal prosecution, not only to…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2019

LGBTs visit US-Mexico border, meet asylum seekers

President Donald Trump threw asylum seekers and immigration advocates another wrench April 29, proposing new restrictions targeting the United States' southwestern border. Late Monday, Trump ordered acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Bangladesh gives voting rights to hijra community

Bangladesh will allow parts of the transgender community to vote under their proper gender identity. Officials have introduced hijra as a third gender option on voting forms for the first time. “From…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Hopeful signs for LGBT people in the Caribbean

In the Caribbean, homophobia remains a problem, but LGBT people are seeing increased signs of public acceptance, including politicians coming out in support of their LGBT constituents. In St. Lucia, the National…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Trans women march for their rights in conservative Indonesia

Adhe Jengker marched among 4,000 others at the Women’s March in Jakarta Saturday. A tall trans woman in her late 20s, Jengker carried a poster that said “The Future is Non-Binary.” She…

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Where Love is Illegal

By Max Micallef William Lounsbury is the Head of Communications for the Witness Change non-profit organization. The non-profit holds the goal of ending human rights violations of marginalized communities around the world.…

ADDED ON: 04/26/2019

Armenian MPs call for transgender activist Lilit Martirosyan to be burned alive after high-profile speech

Armenia’s first registered transgender woman has received death threats after making a speech in her country’s national assembly. Lilit Martirosyan became the first member of her country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2019

Trans voters use correct identity in Indian general election for first time

Members of Delhi’s transgender and non-binary community have voted for the first time under their correct identity in India’s general election. The Indian election—which takes place from April 11 until May 19—is…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2019

India opens health clinic run entirely for and by LGBT people

India has opened the doors to its first health clinic run entirely for and by LGBT+ people. The healthcare centre, located in Mumbai, employs LGBT+ receptionists, pharmacists, and counsellors to provide the…

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