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sexta-feira, Abril 18, 2014

[India]
By the way, who's a transgender?
The Supreme Court has finally opened the third eye. Transgenders are now legally recognized as a third gender, putting to rest - albeit temporarily - struggles, demands and inequities of a minority.
Open to 3rd gender, say colleges; experts back start in school
Third gender: Top 5 reasons why Supreme Court order is a milestone in transgender people's struggle for identity
Mehrauli graves remind hijras of past glory
India reconoce a los transexuales como un “tercer género”


[CA, USA]
Linda Harvey Wants School To Fire Transgender Teacher For Her 'Bizarre, Destructive Behavior'
Linda Harvey is outraged that a transgender teacher at Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, California, will still be teaching after undergoing gender reassignment surgery. According to the Mission America head, the teacher, Karen Adel Scott, has “lost touch with objective reality” and is now “a sad caricature” of “a man with long hair and makeup trying to appear to be a woman.”

[CT, USA]
'Transgender' police officer used discrimination complaint as 'retaliation': city investigation
After an investigation the city of Middletown, Connecticut has declared that a discrimination claim filed by a “transgender” city police officer is groundless, reports the Middletown Press.

[NC, USA]
WATCH: Trans Student Questioned Over Bathroom Use at N.C. College Lays Out Her Demands
After being mocked by security guards, escorted off campus, and suspended, a North Carolina trans woman asks for an apology, policy changes, and sensitivity training.

[TX, USA]
Transgender substitute teacher upsets Lumberton ISD parents
A transgender substitute teacher said she has been told she should not return to her classes, after parents complained about her.

quinta-feira, Abril 17, 2014

[Portugal]
Fiel a mim própria
O que eu sou para ti tu não és para mim. A maior parte da nossa vida funciona desta forma. Em mais um período de profunda reflexão, surgiram-me acontecimentos de há dez anos atrás. Foi na altura em que, supostamente, eu tinha tudo, mas afinal não tinha nada.

[Índia]
Terceiro género ou a negação da identidade de género
Esta semana o Supremo Tribunal da Índia reconheceu legalmente a existência de um terceiro género, uma decisão histórica que abre caminho à aprovação de leis de protecção social à comunidade transgénero do país.
Indian media: Transgender people celebrate new identity
Indian Supreme Court Recognizes Third Gender
No more invisible: Hijras celebrate new 'weapon'
Transgenders deserve a dignified life: SC
Transgender, transexual, transwomen: gender and identity explained
Transgenders Rejoice Over SC Verdict
Transgenders in Tamil Nadu, first to protect their rights, welcome Supreme Court order
Struggle will continue, assert transgenders
'Transgenders can enter mainstream'
Gender III ruling raises 377 hope
SC verdict a major victory, say transgender rights activists


[Russia]
Depathologising gender variance in ICD-11
The new 11th release of International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is coming soon. Diagnoses related to gender variance are those that are likely to be altered in this version.

quarta-feira, Abril 16, 2014

[Malta]
Malta: Douze Points! First Constitution in Europe to Name Gender Identity
On April 14, the Maltese Parliament voted unanimously for gender identity to be included as a protected ground into the Constitution. It is thus the first country in Europe to have gender identity anchored in its highest legal text. The parliament also introduced civil unions giving same-sex and different-sex couples nearly the same rights as married couples. Transgender persons who have changed their legal gender are now also able to enter into a marriage.

[Índia]
Índia torna legal a existência de um terceiro género
Governo terá de alterar as leis para conceder os mesmos direitos às pessoas transgénero, o que o Supremo Tribunal considera ser "uma questão de direitos humanos".
Supremo Tribunal indiano reconhece existência de terceiro género
le troisième genre reconnu en inde
SC recognises transgenders as third gender
India court recognises transgender people as third gender
India recognises transgender people as third gender
India Supreme Court recognizes transgender people as third gender
Indian Supreme Court recognises transgender people as third gender


[India]
'Hijras' Participate in Celestial Wedding
Following a decades-old tradition/custom, hundreds of ‘Hijras’ (transgenders) participated in the Rama Navami celebrations, the highlight of which was the celestial wedding of Lord Rama with Goddess Sita, at the Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy temple in Vemulawada on Tuesday.

[India]
Transgender in poll contest in Madurai
Madurai: Espousing the cause of her exploited community, a transgender has taken the poll plunge as an independent from Madurai Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu.

[Australia]
World's first intersex mayor Tony Briffa on a new quest for human rights
From the world's first intersex Mayor to international activism, Tony Briffa is changing the world one step at a time.

[CT, USA]
Transgender juvenile inmate ordered to York Correctional prison in Niantic
A court order has landed a transgender juvenile at the York Correctional Institution in Niantic, the state Department of Correction announced on Tuesday.

[DC, USA]
April 11: Action to support Monica Jones and end Prostitution Free Zones
Join HIPS, DC Trans Coalition, GLAA, and Best Practices Policy Project and groups around the U.S. and the world standing in solidarity with Monica Jones on her trial date, April 11, 2014. We are joining this global day of action against criminalization and profiling of trans women of color, and calling on DC to repeal the discriminatory Prostitution Free Zones.

[FL, USA]
Bathroom break fight between man and transgender woman ends with golf club assault
n alleged argument about taking pit stop ended with a transgender woman being arrested for hitting a man in the head with a golf club.

[WA, USA]
After series of delays, suspected serial killer makes court appearance
Accused Spokane serial killer Donna Perry made another bizarre court appearance Tuesday to enter a plea in the murders of three Spokane women in 1990.

terça-feira, Abril 15, 2014

[Italy]
Italian parents push back against 'gender deconstruction' project in schools
This week, a group of parents told the city administration in the small Tuscan town of Pontassieve that they would not go along with the introduction of the homosexualist “gender” ideology in their schools.

[Saudi Arabia]
Saudi Arabia police arrest 35 for having a 'gay party'
35 men allegedly dressed in women's clothes were entrapped by the religious police and could fail a life of blackmail, jail or even death

[India]
Chitradurga's Transgender Candidate Bhavana Hits Campaign Trail
The Election Commission’s decision to include transgenders in the voters list looks to have made the community a force to reckon with.

[India]
She is different, says she can make a difference
As a handful of customers in a small dhaba sit glued to the TV where the climax of a Kannada film about changing the society unravels, its owner is busy pounding the streets of Chitradurga on a hot Monday afternoon seeking votes.

[India]
Transgenders Still Face Stigma, Avoid Elections
The Election Commission may have introduced 'others' gender option in an attempt to uplift the oppressed communities, but the transgender community says they are still living in social stigma and are yet to be included in the democratic process.

[Australia]
An Interview with Australia's First Recognized Agender
Last Wednesday, Norrie May Welby made history—she became the first Australian to be formally recognized as being gender non-specific. Born a male, Norrie underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1989, only to resolve on identifying with neither sides of the field. She was granted gender neutrality from the Registry for Births Deaths and Marriages in 2010, but they rapidly revoked the ruling, and she’s battled with the courts since then.
Victorian AG urged to look at state impact of Norrie decision

[New Zealand]
A few questions with Kelly Ellis
Politics and religion writer Craig Young throws a few questions to Labour's Whangarei candidate Kelly Ellis, a transgender rights campaigner and lawyer.

[Canada]
Anti-gay crusader Peter LaBarbara detained in Canada under ‘hate propaganda’ law
Longtime anti-LGBT crusader and leader of the group Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) Peter LaBarbera was denied entry into Canada on Thursday.

[Canada]
My butch daughter is trans
Mom seeks words for ‘unusual sex talk’

[Canada]
Washroom policy aims to improve safety for transgendered students
The Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district could have a gender-neutral washroom policy in place by the end of the month.

[USA]
Complete 2014 Trans 100 List Released to the General Public
Featuring names both familiar and unfamiliar, this year's list highlights the work of individuals making an impact within the trans community.

[USA]
Social Security Administration Updates Transgender Policy
After a 92-year-old WWII vet took on the federal agency, the Social Security Administration has issued updated guidelines designed to eliminate a number of challenges trans individuals face when attempting to obtain benefits.

[USA]
Victory! Transgender Man's Surviving Spouse Wins Pension Benefits
We are thrilled to announce a major victory for the widow of a transgender man. Following TLDEF’s intervention, a major American car manufacturer reversed an initial decision to deny the woman her husband’s pension benefits based on its determination that their nearly-30-year marriage was void because he was transgender. We are sharing more details below, but changing the names of those involved, because the surviving spouse wishes to remain anonymous. It’s a long story, but a good one.
Trans Man's Widow Wins Battle With Pension Provider

[CA, USA]
The Center, SDSU celebrating local transgender community
The Transgender Day of Empowerment is held every spring to celebrate the diverse individuals within the transgender community. This year, two pillars of San Diego's LGBT community will help observe the holiday, with The Center hosting Transgender Day of Empowerm

[NY, USA]
Activist addresses trans* liberation movement
There wasn’t a commonly used word to describe a boy who wanted to be a girl in 1979.
But that’s exactly who Julia Serano was.

[NY, USA]
EXCLUSIVE: Teen says Queens school won't allow her to bring transgendered boyfriend to prom
A New York high school senior said her private school is barring her from taking her transgender boyfriend to prom.
Teen speaks out about her school not allowing her to bring transgender boyfriend to prom

[TX, USA]
Texas school changes gender expression policy after NDO threat
The city's nondiscrimination policy that became a lightning rod for controversy last year seems to be having a clear effect on businesses in San Antonio.

[Mexico]
Transexuales y Transgénero, los más discriminados en Puebla
Aún cuando datos de la Encuesta Nacional de Sobre Discriminación en México 2010 arrojan que prácticamente ocho de cada 10 poblanos han asegurado que respetan las preferencias sexuales de las demás personas, los casos de discriminación son permanentes hacia la comunidad Lésbico Gay Bisexual Transexual y Transgénero (LGBTT).

[Ecuador]
MSP recibe casos de Intersexualidad
La Asociación Silueta X, a través de su representante Diane Rodríguez y el promotor James Zúñiga, se reunieron con el Ministerio de salud pública representados por Aimee Dubois Psicóloga Clínica, Roberto Celi del Programa de Salud Mental y Patricia Granja, Medica delegada por la Ministra de salud para los presentes casos.

[Belize]
Transgender man attacked and beaten in Belize City
An 18 year old man was set upon and beaten up by an angry mob in Belize City tonight. The incident happened just after 6 pm.

[Peru]
Piura: Travesti es secuestrado y torturado por un policía
Héctor Saavedra Maldonado (19) dijo que agente le exigía que le entregue video donde se le veía pidiendo cupos.

segunda-feira, Abril 14, 2014

[France]
Transgender women of Paris in the fifties and sixties
These beautiful photographs of transgender women, in Paris from the late 1950s and early 1960s were taken by Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm, who traveled to Paris in the late-fifties, where he hoped to create a new kind of night-life street photography. Strömholm lived in the Red Light district, around Place Blanche and Pigalle, where he made friends with many of the young transgender women who worked the streets and hotels to make a living.

[Turkey]
No LGBTI Candidates Elected in Turkish Local Elections
The Supreme Election Committee (YSK) started to release the official results of the local elections held on March 30. According to the official results, none of the LGBTI activists who were candidates in the local elections won membership to the municipality council.

[Turkey]
Turkey's Transgender Community Finds New Voice
Turkey is experiencing a record level of state-led censorship. Last week the government banned Twitter and Youtube ahead of local elections to stem the flow of dissent and criticism aimed at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But astonishingly while Mr Erdogan continues to crackdown on press freedoms and civil liberties, Istanbul's transgender community is finding a new voice.

[Kuwait]
Parliamentary panel offers to 'help gays and cross-dressers end their suffering'
A National Assembly panel in Kuwait has offered to ‘end the suffering’ of gay people and cross-dressers.
Kuwaiti MPs offers "specialised doctors" to help cure gays

[India]
Out of 65 lakh voters only 11 register as transgenders in Pune
Social stigma refrain them from coming to the public and declaring their identity

[USA]
Watchdog: Push for transgenders in military is about money, not 'equality'
A conservative military watchdog says a former Surgeon General of the United States is off the mark in her recommendation that "transgendered" individuals should be able to join the military.

[LA, USA]
SG passes resolution for "preferred name" option for records
Student Government passed a resolution last week with overwhelming support to provide a “preferred name option” to official University records for students who wish to go by a different name than their legal name.

[NC, USA]
Supporters rally behind transgender student
Supporters of the LGBT community rallied outside Central Piedmont Community College on Friday on behalf of a transgender CPCC student who is gaining national attention over claims that she was detained, questioned and harassed by campus security after exiting a campus women’s restroom on March 18.

[TX, USA]
Trans Pioneer Christie Lee Van De Putte Dead at 51
The effervescent trans woman was one of the first to sue for the right to survivor benefits in the late 1990s when her husband died of alleged medical malpractice.

domingo, Abril 13, 2014

[Portugal]
Há cada vez mais jovens homossexuais e transexuais que se prostituem
O projeto “Dignificar-te”, da responsabilidade da Associação “Solidaried’arte”, realiza uma aproximação dos jovens homossexuais e transexuais que se prostituem nas ruas de São Miguel, ajudando-os a encontrar alternativas a um meio do qual querem sair.

[India]
Transgender files papers from Khammam
Banking on the support of underprivileged and marginalised sections, which form the lion’s share of electorate, Domala Mary, a transgender, threw her hat in the electoral ring on Saturday to take on the political bigwigs from the prestigious Khammam Assembly constituency.

[OR, USA]
US: Oregon trans student denied housing by Christian college
A male trans student has been denied access to on-campus housing by an Oregon Christian college.

[TX, USA]
S.A. transgender pioneer Christie Lee Littleton Van De Putte has died
Christie Lee Littleton Van De Putte, a San Antonio transgender woman who in 1999 was denied the status of a surviving spouse after her husband's death, died on March 15.
Van De Putte, a San Antonio native, was 61 years of age and worked as a hair stylist. No cause of death was made public. Her funeral mass was on March 25 at Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment was at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.


[VT, USA]
Embracing the transgender community
The Vermont Law School is celebrating milestones when it comes to transgender rights in the Green Mountains.
The school is dedicating the month of April to the issue. People in the transgender community say more work is needed in the name of equality.

[Mexico]
Kikey Morales, la primera transexual en ser funcionario público en Veracruz
Kikey Morales la primer transexual en ser funcionario público en el estado, hablo para nuestra pagina. Dijo sentirse feliz al ser nombrada como coordinadora de fomento económico en el municipio de Veraxruz.

[Argentina]
Adiós a Effy Beth - 1989 a 2014
Elizabeth Mía Chorubczyck fue una artista performática. Una guerrera que logró su DNI y una operación de reasignación genital. Una activista que problematizaba para invitarte a pensar y repensarte. Pero lo más importante es que Effy, como le gustaba que la llamaran, fue una hija, amiga, compañera, novia y persona que, con sus días buenos y los no tanto, nos enseñó a hacer, a crecer, a decir: “Sí, se puede”.

[Argentina]
Estrenan en el Bafici un corto sobre la experiencia de la nena trans
Un cortometraje protagonizado por la mamá de Lulú, una niña trans,se presentará en el festival de cine Bafici. Un relato que invita a escuchar la experiencia de la mujer, de su hija y de la Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA), en el camino para reconocer la identidad de género.

[Argentina]
Presentarán un proyecto para que las trans perciban una jubilación
En el marco del Seminario sobre Ciudadanía Sexual, la agrupación Divas (Diversidad Valiente Santiagueña) y Attta (Asociación de Travestis, Transexuales y Transgéneros) mantuvo una importante reunión con María Rachid, legisladora por la ciudad de Buenos Aires; Claudia Castrosin, vicepresidenta de la Federación de LGBT (Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Transexuales); Ornella Infante, coordinadora de enlace de la Mesa Nacional por la Igualdad; Soledad Linale de la Secretaría de la Federación LGBT y Jorge López, profesor y disertante del encuentro.

sábado, Abril 12, 2014

[Europe]
European Parliament wants guaranteed free movement for LGBT people
The European Parliament this week adopted a resolution promising the free movement of all families in Europe.

[India]
'Other' Voters Gear up to Stamp Their Poll Rights
With the inclusion of a new category ‘other’ in the voters identity card, they are now enjoying a newfound individuality. Gathering in a small room, about eight transgenders listen with attention as Mira Kinnar explains the importance of ‘Other’ gender category in the voter identity card (ID).

[New Zealand]
Wannabe MP's gender change 'humbling'
As a bloke, wannabe MP Kelly Ellis was as rugged as they come. Now she is appealing to the Whangarei electorate to embrace her softer side - as a woman.

[New Zealand]
Amy through to pageant finals
A transgender Auckland teen rewrote pageant history early this morning after earning a place in next month's final of the Battle of the Babes.
Trans model nails spot in national final

[Canada]
Human rights complaints push for changes to sex on birth certificates
Renn Forsberg's family says that, in her heart and in her brain, their six-year-old is a girl. They want her birth certificate to reflect that.

[Canada]
Ralliers call for changes to Saskatchewan Human Rights Code
Dozens rallied in front of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building Saturday afternoon hoping to convince the provincial government to add terms to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code to ensure undeniable protection for the transgender community.

[USA]
A fight by a 92-year-old trans widow for survivor benefits leads to change in US policy
Social Security Administration will no longer require additional legal scrutiny for claims made by transgender spouses

[IA, USA]
UNI group demonstrates for gender-neutral bathrooms
A gathering of University of Northern Iowa students were not carrying cleverly-worded signs. Nor were they chanting phrases echoing through Maucker Union.

[NC, USA]
Trans student told she can't use women's toilet at college
A transgender student in North Carolina says a campus security officer asked her for identification to verify her gender after she exited the women’s toilet.
Protest targets CPCC policies, treatment of transgender student

[OR, USA]
Breaking: Trans Student Denied On-Campus Housing at George Fox University
An African-American transgender student–who’ll be a junior at George Fox University next year–has been denied on-campus housing at the Oregon college. Jayce M., from Portland, Ore., has medically and socially transitioned and has started his legal transition. Jayce’s attorney, Portlander Paul Southwick, filed a Title IX discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Friday morning.
Local university and transgender student at odds over housing
Ore. Trans Student Sues Christian University Over On-Campus Housing Denial


[TX, USA]
Woman claims cosmetology school discriminated against her
Lindsey Fahlberg has big dreams of taking her cosmetology talents far. "I want to be able to work in television and in movies and do hair and make-up," said Fahlberg. Fahlberg said she went to enroll in Ogle School of San Antonio but she didn't feel welcome. "I cried. I mean it was my second time ever being told something because of my identity," added Fahlberg.

[VT, USA]
Law school addresses gender dysphoria as free speech
Vermont Law School students and professors have been celebrating the First Amendment with celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture — and making just enough people uncomfortable in the process that they might spark a cultural revolution.

[Jamaica]
DENIED - Transgender activist turned away from Bacchanal
For several years, Tiana Miller has been a regular patron at Bacchanal. This year, she even attended the launch in January. But two Fridays ago, the avid soca fan told The Sunday Gleaner she was quite surprised and embarrassed when, for the first time, she was denied entry.

sexta-feira, Abril 11, 2014

[UK]
Manifesto launched by leading trans groups urging political parties to push for equality
A manifesto has been launched by a number of leading trans groups to push for trans equality in the General Election manifestos of UK political parties.

[Turkey]
Trans Prisoners are on Hunger Strike!
Trans prisoners in Samsun Bafra T-Type Prison have been on an indefinite hunger strike for 29 days to protest the transphobic attitudes of the prison administration.

[China/Hong Kong]
Hong Kong is 'hell': Transgender postgrad student-turned-refugee struggles to be recognised as a woman
Stateless and stranded for six months after what was supposed to be a quick trip to Hong Kong to update her passport photograph results in her having to surrender her Colombian passport and becoming a refugee under the protection of the UN's refugee agency

[Australia]
Norrie's win: the law catches up with social reality
Twenty-five years before the High Court wrote Norrie's name indelibly into the nation's history, the tall, willowy activist was lying in a Sydney hospital bed.

[New Zealand]
Transgender woman back in beauty contest
An Auckland teenager is back in a modelling competition after initially being dumped because she is transgender.

[New Zealand]
JustSpeak concerned about transgender imprisonment
JustSpeak is concerned about the abuse of the rights of transgender offenders sentenced to imprisonment in New Zealand prisons.

[New Zealand]
Transgender prisoner could apply to move
A transgender Oamaru woman sentenced on Wednesday to nine months' imprisonment in a men's jail could apply to be moved to a women's prison.

[Canada]
Casino Rama allegedly kicks trans woman out of washroom
A Toronto trans woman is speaking with lawyers after an incident in which she says she was ejected from Casino Rama for using a woman’s washroom. A similar incident was reported to have taken place at the casino six years earlier.

[Canada]
Gender Confirming Surgeries Could Be Confirmed Under Provincial Healthcare (Video)

[USA]
Wash. Times Editor Emily Miller: Transgender Equality "Endangers Every Single Female"
Washington Times senior opinion editor Emily Miller launched a baseless attack on a Maryland bill that protects transgender people from discrimination, repeating the debunked myth that sexual predators will exploit non-discrimination protections and sneak into women's restrooms.

[IL, USA]
Former Chicago cop pleads guilty to bribery
A former longtime Chicago police officer accused of having sex with a transgender man while he was locked up at a West Side police station pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony bribery charge and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation.

[PA, USA]
DA: More transparency possible in Morris case
District Attorney Seth Williams said this week he'll consider lifting a non-disclosure agreement that withholds from public scrutiny dozens of witness interviews relating to the Nizah Morris case.

[WA, USA]
Woman pleads not guilty in 3 deaths
A Spokane woman who is accused of killing three prostitutes when she lived as a man more than 20 years ago has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

[WI, USA]
Wis. Man Becomes the State's First Trans Elected Official
A resident of Appleton, Wis., since 2000, Gypsy Vered Meltzer became the state's first transgender elected official.

[Belize]
Transgender woman is stoned and beaten by an angry mob
On Tuesday evening, a transgender woman was badly beaten in Belize City. She goes by the name of Vanessa Champagne Paris and was walking on Vernon Street when she was first targeted. Dressed in women’s clothing, Vanessa’s attackers followed her and by the time she got to Mayflower Street, the group morphed into an angry mob.

quinta-feira, Abril 10, 2014

[UK]
Trans Brits give politicians their top two demands
Groups and individuals have joined together to fight for trans equality in the UK

[New Zealand]
Corrections: trans prison policy is in place
Corrections has confirmed transgender prisoners are able to apply to be placed in a prison which fits their gender identity.

[New Zealand]
Transgender model vows to compete
An aspiring transgender model has vowed to take to the catwalk tomorrow night despite a row over whether she was eligible to enter a beauty contest.

[Canada]
Trans rights put in the spotlight at the University of Saskatchewan
A massive banner containing portraits and messages of support for the trans community in Saskatchewan could be seen at the University of Saskatchewan campus on Thursday afternoon.

[USA]
How to Manage a Job Search as a Transgender Candidate
Tips for the challenges transgender job seekers face when searching for work.

[DC, USA]
D.C. launches trans-friendly 'Safe Bathrooms' campaign
The D.C. Office of Human Rights on Thursday launched a city-funded campaign to step up enforcement of a little known law that requires single-occupancy bathrooms in restaurants and other businesses to be gender neutral.

[KY, USA]
In My Skin: Transgender student hopes for Broadway career
The lightbulbs above reflect off London Chanel's glossed pink lips, acting as a stage light that illuminates her world as she speaks.

[MI, USA]
Transgender Day of Visibility Now World Wide
Five short years ago, Rachel Crandall-Crocker, a social worker and executive director of Transgender Michigan, was sitting in her office pondering the thought of having a day people could celebrate being transgender. On that day Transgender Day of Visibility was born. Today the idea has grown into an international holiday, celebrated literally around the world.

[NC, USA]
Civil rights organization demands apology from CPCC for transgender student
A civil rights organization is making a call for action in support of a transgender student who says she was the target of discrimination.
Statement: CPCC is investigating, wants ‘amicable resolution’ with transgender student
CPCC is following law, college says in updated statement


[NY, USA]
City Must Pay For Transgender Youth's Transition Surgery
A New York State Supreme Court justice in Manhattan has ordered the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to pay for gender reassignment procedures, including surgery, for a 20-year-old transgender woman still in the foster care system.

[PA, USA]
Transsexual convicted in Harrisburg child-sex case
In a case the veteran prosecutor called "unique," a Dauphin County judge Thursday convicted a Harrisburg transsexual of sexually molesting a teenage boy she was supposed to be baby-sitting.

[WI, USA]
Appleton elects 1st trangender person in state
One of the newly-elected members of Appleton's city council made history this week.

quarta-feira, Abril 09, 2014

[Brasil]
Travesti é assassinado a tiros e crime pode ter relação com o tráfico na Serra
Um travesti foi assassinado com quatro tiros na madrugada desta segunda-feira (07), no bairro Santo Antônio, na Serra.
Segundo informações dos militares, a vítima foi identificada como Mileide e era usuária de drogas.

[Brasi]
Travesti é encontrado morto em praia do nordeste
O corpo de um travesti foi encontrado sem vida nas areias da praia de Maceió na manhã dessa segunda-feira, 07/04. A vítima ainda não identificada tem aproximadamente 30 anos e foi encontrada na praia do Sobral em Maceió com aparentes sinais de asfixia e espancamento.


[Canada]
Gender reassignment funding raises questions
Although Jesiah MacDonald said the province’s move to start funding gender reassignment surgery starting April 1 was a step in the right direction, it was simply that – only a step.

[NE, USA]
Nebraska High School Student's Speech On Gender Stereotypes Barred From TV Showcase (UPDATE)
The NSAA reversed its decision Wednesday afternoon, after significant outcry and attention to the issue. In a statement, the organization said Barth will now be allowed to perform his poetry program without having to make any changes.

[OH, USA]
Ohio Judge OKs transgender inmate's hormone treatments
A federal judge has ordered Ohio's prisons agency to restore hormone treatments for a transgender inmate who sued after they stopped them.

[VA, USA]
Transgender activist Janet Mock headlines LGBTA pride week
Between two massive towers of rainbow balloons, award-winning author and transgender activist Janet Mock took the stage of Haymarket Theatre Wednesday night.

[Chile]
Chilean Senate makes trans bill a priority
The Chilean Senate on Tuesday moved to make a bill that would allow transgender people to legally change their name and sex without sex reassignment surgery a top priority.

terça-feira, Abril 08, 2014

[Portugal]
Transfobia: reflexões sobre uma pandemia
Começo este post por colocar uma palavra que, apesar de não estar nos dicionários de Língua Portuguesa há muito tempo, faz parte da minha vida e de tanta gente como eu. Aliás, sempre fez parte, a partir do momento em que me assumi como mulher transexual.

[International]
Trans models around the world
Auckland woman Amy Brosnahan is back in a modelling competition after initially being dumped when she said she was trans. What organisers may not realise is that transgender models are tearing up catwalks and photo shoots - and have been for decades.

[India]
Reining in Abusive Transgenders a Difficult Task, Say Railway Cops
The recent case of a 52-year-old, who was allegedly killed by a transgender at the Minjur Railway Station, is perhaps not the only case involving extortion of money from a train passenger. Last Friday, Srinivasan, a bank staff, was allegedly beaten to death by a transgender, after the two had a heated argument. However, the police claim the accused transgender reacted violently only after the victim misbehaved.

[China/Hong Kong]
Transgender wed plea by equality chief
Marriage rights of transgenders should be handled with administrative measures instead of legislation, the chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission says.

[China/Hong Kong]
Transgender refugee stranded in Hong Kong describes struggle to be recognized as woman
In September 2013, transgender Colombian national Eliana Rubashykn traveled to Hong Kong to update her passport and described being frisked and mocked by immigration and customs officers who behaved "like animals" during a nine-hour ordeal where she was put in detention at the Chek Lap Kok airport. Six months later, Rubashykn tells the South China Morning Post that she is a stateless refugee in Hong Kong, where it's been "hell" to be recognized as a woman.

[Australia]
Community responds to Norrie ruling
The LGBTI community and human rights advocates have welcomed the High Court ruling on the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v Norrie case, which has allowed a person’s gender status to be recognised as ‘non specific’.

[New Zealand]
Transgender woman in prison a 'tragedy unfolding'
There is a "tragedy unfolding" with the jailing of a transgender woman in a men's prison, despite a request for home detention, lawyer Kelly Ellis says.

[AZ, USA]
Arrested for Walking While Trans: An Interview with Monica Jones
In Phoenix, Arizona, you can be arrested for repeatedly stopping and engaging a passerby in conversation. This may, under Phoenix law, be evidence that you are "manifesting" an intent to engage in prostitution. Of course, this could also be evidence that you are lost or canvassing for a political group or simply talking about the weather. The difference between "innocent" and "criminal" behavior often comes down to how a person looks.

[CO, USA]
CDPHE: State women's wellness center now serving transgenders
A state-run women’s wellness program now provides breast and cervical cancer screenings for transgender women, announced the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Wednesday.

[NC, USA]
CPCC incident report reveals transgender student did show ID
Campus security report contradicts earlier statements, but details of alleged harassment remain disputed
Questioned for Being Transgender?

[NJ, USA]
>Meadow discusses gender, transgender children
While gender boundaries are shifting, they are also becoming more intricately articulated, lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Sociology Tey Meadow argued at a lecture on Wednesday.

[NY, USA]
City must pay for foster kid's sex change: judge
The city must pay $46,000 so a 20-year-old foster “child” can undergo male-to-female sex-change surgery, a judge has ruled.

[TX, USA]
Senate introduces bill to expand gender identity options
In the first meeting of the 51st administration of the Student Government Association, newly elected and appointed student leaders heard the introduction of the Josephine Tittsworth Act, which calls upon the University to expand the formal rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

[WI, USA]
Transgender candidate elected to Appleton city council
Gypsy Vered Meltzer expects some uneasiness to surface over being elected as an openly transgender member of the Appleton city council. But he’s determined to not let it become a distraction.

segunda-feira, Abril 07, 2014

[USA]
Andrej Pejic Discusses Jewelry, Gender Identity & How She's Following in Naomi's Footsteps
The supermodel launched a jewelry line with Sam H Snyder to benefit the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth

[USA]
The Director Of 'The Matrix' Came Out As Transgender For One Reason And One Reason Only
Working in Hollywood, I've heard a lot of cliché, self-involved, and stereotypical public speeches from successful filmmakers about their paths. Lana Wachowski, director of the "Matrix" movies, completely moved me. Mostly because of WHY she decided to break her silence and tell it.

[USA]
Victory: Social Security Admin Clarifies Benefits Applications for Trans People and their Spouses
NCTE thanks the Social Security Administration for issuing updated guidance that will simplify benefits applications for many transgender people and their spouses, and better ensure correct eligibility determinations.

[MD, USA]
Transgender rights activist encourages students to create social change
Students do not have to be policy or law professionals to become full-time social advocates, transgender rights activist Andy Bowen told students Tuesday.

[MN, USA]
U changes preferred name policy
Students’ preferred names will be included on all databases after a software upgrade in 2015.

[EEUU]
Una modelo expresa que es transexual en un emotivo discurso
Geena Rocero es una supermodelo filipina residente en Estados Unidos que reconoce tener suerte con el apoyo que le da su familia, pero es consciente de que no en todos los casos es así.

[Peru]
Travesti de 17 años murió luego de ser masacrado por su conviviente
El supuesto estudiante Julio Jesús Huamán Cañari (21) fue detenido la tarde del viernes acusado de haber provocado la muerte de su pareja homosexual C.F.Y.C. (17), a la que propinó una brutal golpiza a escasos metros de la Municipalidad del Rímac.

domingo, Abril 06, 2014

[Switzerland]
Meet Claudette, An Intersex Sex Worker From Switzerland
This is Claudette. Claudette is a husband, a grandfather and an award-winning cyclist. She's also an intersex sex worker. "I’d rather sell my ass than my soul; it’s harder but much cleaner," she told photographer Malika Gaudin Delrieu soon after they met.

[Russia]
Patriarch Kirill criticizes opportunity to choose from 50 gender options in social networks
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said he criticized the attempts to drastically change people's ideas on gender.

[India]
Transgenders Seek Special Camps to Get Voter Identity Cards
Members of a transgender network presented a petition to the chief electoral officer, Tamil Nadu, on Tuesday requesting that special camps be organised to provide them with voter identity cards.

[China/Hong Kong]
Proposal for full sex change surgery before marriage allowed 'unnecessary'
Equal opportunities chief says demand would deter transgender people

[Japan]
Court OKs adoption by transsexual
The Osaka Family Court has approved the adoption of a 3-year-old boy by a woman in her 30s who changed her sex from male due to gender identity disorder (GID), the woman said Wednesday.

[Australia]
Norrie wins High Court appeal
The High Court has ruled that NSW laws permit registration of a third “non specific” category of sex other than male or female.
Norrie ruling: High Court recognises third category of non specific gender
High Court recognises third category of gender
Neither man nor woman: Norrie wins gender appeal
Third gender must be recognised by NSW after Norrie wins legal battle
Corbell urges states to follow suit on gender laws


[New Zealand]
Model comp: Trans Aucklander can compete
Organisers of a modelling competition say a transgender Auckland woman can compete, and are apologising for their “naivety and confusion” after earlier telling her it was for “females only”.

[Canada]
Nova Scotia now funds sex reassignment surgery
As of April 1, Nova Scotia will cover eight types of sex reassignment surgeries for residents.
Sex reassignment surgery funding begins in Nova Scotia

[NC, USA]
Attorney: Civil rights complaint possible after harassment of transgender student
CPCC official says school is attempting 'balancing act' between rights of transgender students, other students

sábado, Abril 05, 2014

De consensos e manifestos




No dicionário Priberam online, manifesto é: “Exposição (geralmente escrita) em que se manifesta o que é preciso, ou o que se deseja que se saiba.” entre outras definições que não interessam para o caso.

Vem isto a propósito de reuniões para a elaboração de um manifesto comum a várias associações e/ou grupos. Façamos um exercício de imaginação:

Imaginemos várias associações/grupos que se reúnem para a elaboração de um manifesto comum sobre temas LGBTI, por exemplo. Cada uma delas apresenta o que considera ser importante e/ou prioritário. Assim, o manifesto será uma reunião de todos os temas apresentados num único documento.

Por exemplo, grupo(s) trans apresentam a despatologização, inserida numa lei integral de identidade de género, outros grupos apresentam, por exemplo o fim da exclusividade das relações monogâmicas, outros ainda apresentam a adopção, outros uma educação sexual inclusiva, e mais exemplos poderiam ser dados.

Agora chega-se ao cerne da questão. Cada grupo não tem, em nome de uma suposta consensualidade, de se opor às reivindicações dos outros grupo. O que há a fazer é, para que o dito manifesto não seja demasiado extenso, tentar-se diminuir o seu tamanho, negociando determinados pontos que podem talvez ser obliterados no manifesto comum, mas unicamente por razões de divulgação (leia-se extensão).

Na minha opinião dá-se demasiada importância ao manifesto. Por exemplo, e agora na realidade e não na imaginação, falando sobre o manifesto da MOL, o feed back do dito nos media é nulo ou quase. Mesmo nos participantes, poucos são os que sabem o que se reivindica, tirando aqueles temas que os media não censuram, como a parentalidade. O resto dos temas são completa e eficazmente obliterados pelos media, que se transformam de veículos de comunicação em censores da moral pública.

A juntar a esta deliberada censura mediática (ou parte dela) temos também o apagamento dos grupos que não são mediáticos (como a ILGA Portugal ou as Panteras Rosa) pois os restantes nem são entrevistados como grupos reivindicativos mas unicamente como participantes curiosos.

Por exemplo, as Panteras Rosa há anos que vêm reivindicando a despatollgização da transexualidade, mesmo quando eu ainda não a apoiava por ter dúvidas sobre determinados aspectos, já focados em notas anteriores ou posts no meu blogue. Nos media qual o feed back desta luta? Nulo ou quase, Ninguém fala em temas que não sejam a parentalidade homossexual, que veio substituir o casamento homossexual.





Mas voltando ao campo da imaginação, como eu dizia, o papel dos grupos não é censurarem também as reivindicações dos outros grupos em nome de uma falsa “consensualidade” Mais até as devem apoiar, em nome da tão famosa diversidade, que pelos vistos não se quer tão diversa como isso.

Assim, por exemplo, em nome dessa consensualidade decidem eliminar, por exemplo, a despatologização ou o poliamor. Péssima politica. Imaginem que, por exemplo, um dos grupos não concordava com o tema da parentalidade. deveria esse tema ser obliterado do manifesto em nome de uma suposta consensualidade? Claro que não, seria estúpido demais. E no entanto…

Continuemos a imaginar que um dos grupos tinha esta posição, nada de despatologização ou de poliamor. Quanto ao poliamor, as razões não são difíceis de imaginar. Apesar do poliamor ser um assunto equivalente ao casamento homossexual, não é difícil de imaginar que será um assunto, se não tabu, pelo menos muito incómodo para ser associado à comunidade LG. Já imaginaram? Comentários tipo “esses panilas agora querem em grupo, é uma rebaldaria, uma imoralidade, etc, etc, etc.”

Assim, em nome da mesma falsa moralidade que (ainda) condena a homossexualidade ou o trabalho sexual, decidem apagar este tema tão controverso. A ver se assim mostram uma imagem mais de acordo com a sociedade em que se inserem para que a parentalidade homossexual possa obter mais apoiantes, tipo “afinal até nem são tão depravados, apoiam a monogamia, até pode ser que eduquem bem as crianças”.

Agora imaginemos a argumentação para a despatologização. Por exemplo :
a lei existente já é uma das mais despatologizantes do mundo pois não inclui a obrigatoriedade de qualquer tratamento médico, nem a obrigatoriedade de esterilização,
os critérios do diagnóstico, de entre os diferentes critérios clínicos, é de facto o menos violador da autonomia das pessoas trans ,
a lei da Argentina tem vindo a revelar algumas especificidades problemáticas (a questão de menores, nomeadamente crianças, por exemplo),
a proposta Dinamarquesa que está em cima da mesa inclui um compasso de espera de 6 meses (quando a LIG Portuguesa permite o reconhecimento legal em poucos dias),
poderá ser muito arriscado reivindicar uma revisão da LIG com este governo no poder, poderá ter como consequência um grave retrocesso.

É de fazer rir até às lágrimas logo a primeira afirmação. Dizer-se que uma lei que obriga que uma pessoa seja avaliada psicologicamente duas vezes (são necessários dois relatórios médicos positivos prévios) para se chegar à declaração que a lei menciona, é despatologizante é, no mínimo, caricato. Dizer-se então que esta lei é das mais despatologizantes da europa é ridículo. A juntar a isto uma grande maioria de “especialistas” que “tratam” estes casos ainda pensam que só é transexual que deseja fazer a cirurgia de correcção de sexo. Não se pode esquecer que uma coisa é uma lei no papel, outra é a realidade da prática. Assim é uma afirmação ilariante ou uma clara demonstração de que nem sabem do que estão a falar. Por mais que uma pessoa se esforce, é difícil imaginar esta como uma das leis mais despatologizantes do mundo. Além de que a lei existente em Portugal não é uma lei de identidade de género mas uma lei de alteração de nome e sexo na documentação legal.

Os critérios de diagnóstico, da parte da grande maioria dos “especialistas”, violam claramente as recomendações da wpath, por exemplo, além do que já referi atrás, pois a wpath recomenda a aceitação sem reservas da identidade de género de cada pessoa, independentemente de cirurgias ou tratamentos. Em Portugal não é isto que se passa, nem de perto nem de longe. Como é que uma avaliação baseada em conceitos falseados não constitui uma evidente e clara violação dessa autonomia? Como é que forçar as pessoas a subneterem-se a consultas não é uma violação da autonomia das pessoas trans? Como é que forçar as pessoas a cirurgias contra a sua vontade (ou a sua identidade de género não lhes é reconhecida) não é uma violação? Ou só é considerada autonomia aquilo que vai de encontro aos preconceitos médicos?

Quanto à lei argentina, mesmo com os problemas com as crianças trans, a implantação de uma lei similar aqui seria uma melhoria gigantesca. No mínimo, as crianças trans ficavam na mesma, como já estão, pois só se pode iniciar um processo se se é adulto ou com autorização dos pais. Além de que esperar-se por uma lei que seja "o exemplo absoluto” é uma completa imbecilidade. Se se esperasse por isso, ainda estávamos nos tempos da homossexualidade ser considerada uma doença, pois ainda não era contemplada a parentalidade e outras lutas futuras.

Quando da inclusão da homossexualidade no artº 13º da Constituição Portuguesa, as associações presentes decidiram excluir a identidade de género da dita inclusão, com o argumento de que os deputados apoiariam essa inclusão se a identidade de género fosse excluída, com o protesto das trans presentes na altura. Um evidente caso em que se preferiu não esperar por um “exemplo absoluto” de perfeição. Nessa altura o “exemplo absoluto” não interessava, pois tratava.se de pessoas trans. Agora, e pelo mesmo motivo, parece que já interessa, e muito, tanto que até nem querem uma lei melhor, só uma que seja perfeita.

Seria interessante saber-se qual a posição se, quando da despatologização da homossexualidade, este argumento tivesse aparecido. Muito provavelmente já não interessava outra vez.

Falar-se em detrimento de uma espera de seis meses, quando em Portugal são no mínimo dois anos de avaliações para os dois relatórios necessários para se obter a declaração de que a lei fala para se poder alterar a documentação é, no mínimo, caricato. Seis meses é muito na Dinamarca mas em Portugal dois anos não o são. Muito curiosa esta.

Todos os anos se reivindica algo. É perigoso reivindicar-se a despatologização com este governo, mas não o é reivindicar-se a parentalidade. Por esta ordem de ideias, enquanto este governo (ou seja, a direita) estiver no poder o melhor é não se reivindicar nada, nem direitos humanos, nem direitos laborais, sociais e outros que tais, ficarmos caladinhos e quietinhos ou levamos no focinho (como aquela música dos trabalhadores do comércio). É por este tipo de pensamento que ainda estamos a levar com este governo em cima. Além de que, quando da aprovação da lei existente, já nas marchas se lutava pela despatologização. Já o ano passado, com este governo, se lutava por isso. E no ano anterior. A despatologização é apoiada pela ILGA Europe e pela Transgender Europe, para nomear só dois exemplos.

Não é crível que um manifesto per si obrigue a assembleia a debruçar-se sobre estes assuntos de imediato. Para isso já existe a petição da Isilda que a funcionar vai inevitavelmente rever estes assuntos. Portanto se vier a acontecer um retrocesso, não será certamente por uma reivindicação num manifesto mas mais pela petição.

Chegamos assim ao ponto em que um grupo se torna uma força de bloqueio em vez de uma força impulsionadora da mudança. Ao ponto em que, à semelhança do passado, um grupo não se importa em pisar as reivindicações de outros grupos para “levar a brasa à sua sardinha”. Um péssimo exemplo do que é o activismo em Portugal.

Chega assim ao fim este exercício de imaginação misturado com a realidade (a petição da Isilda Pegado existe mesmo.) A fazer pensar, não?






sexta-feira, Abril 04, 2014

[Portugal]
Portugal vai estudar direitos sexuais das pessoas transgénero
Projeto europeu abrange também a França, Reino Unido, Holanda e Suécia

[Brasil]
Travesti é morto com pancadas na cabeça nesta quarta-feira (2)
A vítima estava em via pública e vestia uma blusa preta, uma bermuda jeans e uma sandália. Um pedaço de madeira, possivelmente a arma do crime, foi achado ao lado do corpo
Corpo de travesti é encontrado com marcas de espancamento


[France]
Mariela Castro Attends Paris Event on Transsexualism
Mariela Castro, the director of the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX), participated in an international conference on March 28-29 in Paris on Genders, Cultures and Society, where the issue of transsexuality was addressed, reported Prensa Latina.

[Pakistan]
RCB to hire services of eunuchs to recover tax
The Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has decided to hire the services of eunuchs on the pattern of Karachi to ensure recovery of property tax.

[India]
Transgender Candidate Gets a Feel of Poll Arena Ahead of Campaign
Bharathi Kannamma, a transgender who took the political plunge by filing nomination papers as an independent candidate for the Madurai constituency on Saturday, conducted a field study among the vegetable vendors and autorickshaw drivers, in the city on Monday.

[South Korea]
South Korean sex-change surgeon corrects 'God's mistakes'
As Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the “father of South Korean transgender people” once wrestled with similar feelings.

[Philippines]
LGBT group blasts 'discrimination' against transgender
A group of transgender people in the country on Monday denounced the alleged discrimination committed by a business process outsourcing (BPO) company in Quezon City against its transgender employee.

[Australia]
Justiça australiana reconhece terceira opção no registo do género
O Supremo Tribunal da Austrália aceitou a possibilidade de uma pessoa poder ser reconhecida perante o Estado como tendo um “género neutro”, além das actuais opções entre feminino e masculino – tornando-se um dos poucos países a admitir esta variante.

[Canada]
Trans* flag to fly over Saskatoon city hall for first time
Trans* Awareness Week raising awareness through events across province

[USA]
MEUSA appoints Denise Norris, transgender leader, to board of directors
Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) has appointed Denise Norris to its board of directors. MEUSA said in a press statement, “As a recognized leader in the transgender community, Denise brings a great depth of advocacy and organizing experience in the workplace, community, and beyond — as well as a commitment to building a holistic movement for all LGBT-aligned individuals.”

[USA]
Wonder Woman Stands by 8-Year-Old Tomboy
Lynda Carter tweeted her support for young Sunnie Kahle after she was removed from her Christian elementary school for 'exhibiting an alternative gender identity.'

[CO, USA]
Living intersex: more than just male or female
One of the first questions an expecting couple asks is the sex of their child. A girl means pink walls, frilly outfits, flowered headbands and plenty of stuffed toys appropriate for a little girl. A boy means blue or green onesies adorned with trucks and dinosaurs and a future of Ninja Turtles and contact sports.

[IL, USA]
Chicago Has A Thriving Transgender Community
Some of America’s most prominent transgender people live here—and they helped make Trans 100 a hit in Rogers Park.

[IL, USA]
CPS Teacher Comes Out to Community as Transgender
At Murray Language Academy in Hyde Park, she's known as Mr. Jeff Rowell.

[MD, USA]
Maryland conservatives weighing challenge to transgender-rights bill
The conservative political site MDPetitions.com is asking visitors to the website to fill out a survey on whether they would support gathering petition signatures aimed at overturning SB 212, a transgender-rights bill that is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) in the coming weeks.

[NC, USA]
Transgender student says CPCC security humiliated her
A transgender student at CPCC says she was discriminated against and wants an apology from the school.

[El Salvador]
Comunidad trans pide esclarecer 149 "crímenes de odio"
Dirigentes de la comunidad LGTBI reclaman que se haga justicia en unos 149 casos de "asesinatos de odio", es decir, personas que han sido asesinadas por su condición sexual.

[Venezuela]
Presumen ajuste de cuentas por homicidio de "Jade"
Los impactos de bala entre boca, nariz y cabeza acabaron de manera inmediata con la vida de un joven peluquero, identificado como Miguel Ángel Aquino

quarta-feira, Abril 02, 2014

[India]
Killed Man for Misbehaviour: Transgender
A member of the transgender community, who was arrested on Friday for killing a man at Minjur Railway station, has told the police that she was angered at the deceased man’s misbehaviour with her. The victim had reportedly pulled apart her jacket.

[India]
Cops crack down on transgenders extorting money
The Government Railway Police have begun a drive against people, including transgenders, found extorting money from train passengers or on railway platforms.

[India]
Transgender in fray from Madurai LS constituency
S Bharathi Kannamma (53), a transgender from Madurai on Saturday filed her nomination to contest as an independent in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from Madurai constituency. Talking to reporters later, Kannamma said that she was probably the first transgender to contest the LS elections after the Election Commission gave the nod for transgenders. "Earlier, there were instances where transgenders attempted to contest assembly and local body elections but this may be the first time, a transgender is contesting parliamentary elections," she said.

[India]
Transgender to take on Modi, Kejriwal in Varanasi
At a time when gay rights have found a place in the manifestos of two political parties, a member of the transgender community has decided join the big fight from Varanasi.

[Nepal]
LGBTIs still fear boycott
People belonging to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) communities are still facing discriminations in society though the government has introduced several new laws to guarantee their rights.

[Philippines]
Transgender woman in Philippines files complaint after being forced to leave female restroom
2 security guards at call center company charged for violating city ordinance which prohibits 'all discriminatory acts against homosexuals in the workplace'

[Australia]
Inside Australia's secret cross-dressing club
Born out of the days when men wearing women’s clothing in public were arrested or worse, the Seahorse Society is Australia’s oldest cross-dressing club.

[Canada]
Seeking health care equality for transgender community
Healthcare was one of several topics mentioned at a panel discussion at the Avenue Community Centre on Friday

[Canada]
Sask. Trans Awareness Week kicks off with gender library
The week ends with a rally at Saskatchewan's legislature on April 5

[USA]
Laverne Cox Receives Highest Honor From GLAAD
Trans activist and Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox has just became the first transgender woman of color to receive GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award. The producer and actress will be presented the award at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 12. Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page will present Cox with her honor, which is awarded to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.

[GA, USA]
Transgender woman in jail after allegedly molesting a minor
A 35-year-old man from Columbus, Ga. is behind bars for allegedly molesting a minor.

[MA, USA]
Woman appalled by GLAD's support of killer
A leading Bay State advocate for gay, bisexual and transgender people sidestepped questions about why the organization has publicly supported a convicted wife killer but not a Cambridge transgender woman in two separate legal bids for taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery.

[NC, USA]
Transgender student says she was harassed, detained by Central Piedmont campus security
Student says administrators have been unresponsive to complaints, was told she has 'no rights legally'

[Mexico]
Men that want to be women
Transgender people say that the process to change their identity legally is too expensive and complicated.

terça-feira, Abril 01, 2014

[UK]
Animal rights campaigner convicted of Huntingdon Life Sciences conspiracy
Debbie Vincent says she has been made a scapegoat and criticises the Metropolitan police's use of an undercover officer

[India]
Two transgenders to contest polls
Political parties may hesitate to field them as candidates but the transgender community is determined to enter the fray and make its voice heard. On Thursday, transgender rights activist Kalki Subramaniam announced her decision to contest as an independent candidate from Villupuram constituency. Another transgender activist Bharati Kannamma will be contesting from Madurai.
Transgender Kalki in poll race
Transgender to make her electoral debut in Tamil Nadu


[Canada]
New porn series celebrates trans women's desires -- and desirability
Filmmaker Tobi Hill-Meyer nominated for two Feminist Porn Awards
Filmmaker Tobi Hill-Meyer has been applying feminist analysis to her life since the age of three.

[USA]
Justice Department launches transgender training program
In a conference room at its headquarters in Washington, the U.S. Justice Department on Thursday held a first-of-its-kind training session for law enforcement officials on how they can better serve the transgender community.

[USA]
'I'll Be Damned If I'm Going to Be Buried a Girl': Gender Transition Inspires HIV-Positive Trans Man to Live (VIDEO)
Teo was living as a woman, in an abusive relationship, and contracted HIV from his girlfriend. As a result, he had no desire to live:

[USA]
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith's transgender defender
One of bin Laden's son-in-law's lawyers, Zoe Dolan, is a transgender woman whose life was forever changed in Egypt.
Criminal defence attorney Zoe Dolan often stands up for the rights of people society vilifies. As a transgender woman, she knows what it is like to be judged by people who don’t have all the facts.

[AZ, USA]
Trans Activist And Sex Worker Rights Advocate Fights Prostitution Charges
A transgender woman who advocates for the decriminalization of prostitution thinks that her activism, as well as who she is, have made her a target for police.
(Please note that some of the language in this story is explicit.)
Monica Jones is tall. She is 6-foot-2 and even taller in heels.
"I stand out in a crowd," Jones said.
It's precisely because she stands out that makes Jones think she has been profiled.

[CT, USA]
Connecticut City: No Bias Against Transgender Cop
An investigation by a Connecticut city has found no evidence that a transgender police officer was subject to discrimination or a hostile work environment.

[GA, USA]
UPDATE: 35-year-old woman pleads not guilty to molestation of teen
A transgender woman pleaded not guilty Friday to engaging in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy during a Columbus Recorder’s Court hearing.

[MD, USA]
Trans Nondiscrimination Bill Passes Md. House
The bill, which would outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender identity in housing, education, and public accommodation, now goes to the governor, who has promised to sign it into law.
Maryland House passes transgender-rights bill
Assembly passes transgender rights bill
Maryland approves legislation to protect transgender rights
House passes Senate's transgender rights legislation
Some lawmakers warn of unintended consequences as Maryland OKs transgender equity bill
SB 212 Passes the House of Delegates!
Maryland transgender rights bill receives final approval
STATEMENT REGARDING MARYLAND’S PASSAGE OF TRANSGENDER PROTECTIONS
Maryland House passes bill protecting trans people from discrimination - governor to sign into law
Transgender rights bill could be petitioned to referendum
Conservative group considers petition drive on Md. transgender protections legislation


[NY, USA]
ACS Told to Pay for Surgeries for Transgender 20-Year-Old
A judge has ordered New York City's Administration for Children's Services to pay for gender-affirming surgeries for a transgender 20-year-old in foster care, overruling the agency's refusal.

[OK, USA]
Court overturns judge's refusal to allow transgender applicant's name change
The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has reversed a county judge’s refusal to grant a name change to a transgender person.

[PA, USA]
Eighth Ward supports Morris probe
The Eighth Ward Democratic Committee voted unanimously last week to urge Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to investigate the Nizah Morris case.

[VA, USA]
Timberlake Christian School releases statement about former student
The school released a statement Wednesday through Liberty Counsel, a legal organization in Lynchbug
Timberlake Christian School released a statement Wednesday afternoon about a situation where a former student’s family says the school asked an 8-year-old girl to leave because of her “boyish” appearance.
School That Told Young Girl To Act More Feminine Says Children Had 'Restroom Concerns'
Christian school pressures 8-year-old 'tomboy' to transfer