• 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: 09/26/2020

Govt urged to recognise, research on intersex community

There are growing calls for government to recognise the existence of intersex persons and need for research to guide on the realities of the “hidden” community. Intersex is a general term used…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2020

Trans rights activists and Home Affairs minister agree to work together

Last month, a group of trans, LGBTI+ and allied organisations wrote to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) over its reduction of vital gender-affirming services during the lockdown period. The letter was…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2020

French court rejects transgender woman’s demand to be recognised as a mother

France's highest court has ruled that a transgender woman cannot be officially recognised as the biological mother of the child she conceived with her wife before transitioning. The court ruled on Wednesday…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2020

Changes to gender recognition laws ruled out

Ministers have ruled out changes to make it easier for transgender people in England and Wales to have their gender legally recognised. They have rejected calls for people to be able to…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2020

A refuge for homeless transgender people is in the works in New Orleans

A group of advocates in New Orleans have raised more than $400,000 to create what will be the city’s first home for transgender and gender non-confirming people who are experiencing homelessness. The…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

Medical diagnosis will still be needed to have gender legally recognised after reform

Trans adults will continue to need a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria to change their legal gender even after a reform of the UK’s gender-recognition laws, the Sunday Times claims. Legal gender…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2020

Transgender activist Akkai Padmashali joins Congress

In a historic event of sorts, transgender activist Dr Akkai Padmashali joined the Karnataka unit of the Congress party on Sunday. Akkai is the first from the sexual minority community to join…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2020

‘Love Falls on Us’ explores the intersection of African LGBT rights and American activism

The book in this installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular — “Love Falls on Us: A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives” — focuses on LGBTQ rights and…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2020

Fiji: A long way to go for LGBTQ equality

Fiji’s growth in achieving transgender rights and freedom is less than 1 per cent, says founder of Transgender Fiji Network, Dr Isireli Biumaitotoya. Dr Biumaitotoya said Fiji had a long way to…

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Kalki Subramaniam – Sahodari Foundation, India

Kalki Subramaniam trailblazed a fusion of art and technology as a method for creating social, cultural, and legal changes in India's transgender rights movement. In this article, Kalki shares about the Sahodari…

ADDED ON: 09/15/2020

More than 60 LGBT, intersex people killed in Colombia in first eight months of 2020

BOGOTA (Reuters) - At least 63 members of Colombia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community were killed in the first eight months of this year, the Andean country’s human rights ombudsman…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2020

Disney, Google, Microsoft back trans rights amid fierce British debate

Dozens of organisations including Disney, Google and Microsoft weighed into a fierce debate over transgender rights in Britain on Monday, writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask him to support making…

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