[IL, USA] Enhanced LGBT Hate Crimes Protections Sent to Gov. Rauner
The Illinois Senate on Wednesday unanimously gave final approval to a bill enhancing hate crimes protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans. Last month, the measure, House Bill 3930, passed the Illinois House of Representatives without opposition. Now, the bill goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his review and approval.
[Mexico] En Xalapa más de 5 mil transexuales esperan cambio de nombre: Activista
En Xalapa hay alrededor de 5 mil transexuales que esperan un cambio en la legislación que les permita cambiar su estatus administrativo y reorientar el género con el que se identifican en toda su documentación, señaló la activista de los derechos de la diversidad sexual, Silvia Susana Jácome.
[Brasil] Travesti é morta com sete tiros em Nova Descoberta
A vítima bebia com amigos quando foi abordada por um indivíduo que atirou contra ela
Uma travesti foi assassinada com sete tiros em Nova Descoberta, Zona Norte do Recife. Segundo testemunhas, Ticiane Abravanel, 21 anos, estava sentada, bebendo com amigos, quando foi abordada por um indivíduo que atirou contra ela.
[Brasil] Roberta Close no Programa do Gugu 20/05/2015
[Bangladesh] Hijras to be recruited as traffic police
The government has decided to recruit hijras as traffic police officials from the next fiscal year, as part of an attempt to rehabilitate individuals of the gender and offer them new avenues of employment.
[USA] Stop the Bathroom Police
This spring, multiple states have pushed measures that would require people to “prove” their gender before using a bathroom. Some of these measures even encourage people to report on each other by offering a cash reward for finding someone in the “wrong” bathroom. These bathroom police efforts are clearly targeted at transgender people, but ultimately open everyone up to harassment, interrogation, and criminalization in public spaces.
[FL, USA] Greenacres Enacts LGBT-Inclusive Civil Rights Ordinance
At a meeting Monday night, the Greenacres City Council enacted an ordinance that directly opposes discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, genetic information, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, pregnancy, familial status, or age.
[Kyrgyzstan] TGEU condemns attack and police complicity against LGBT activists in Kyrgyzstan
Commemorations on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia – IDAHOT in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan by LGBTIQA NGO „Labrys“ were attacked on May 17. A crowd of aggressive men, associated with the “Kalys” and “Kirk Choro” movements, threatened and insulted the activists; one of the participants of the peaceful event was injured.
[USA] Michael Savage: Girl Scouts Led By The 'Perverted' 'Vermin On The Left'
Last Friday on “The Savage Nation,” talk radio host Michael Savage reacted angrily to the news that some Girl Scout troops will accept transgender girls. He claimed that the Girl Scouts have embraced “the sickness of the left” and is now losing members as a result of its “lurch to the paranoid, crazy, insane, perverted left.”
[DC, USA] D.C. activists march against transphobia
About 50 people attended a rally and march against transphobia on Sunday. The event, organized by local activists, coincided with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
[Honduras] Comunidad LGBTI exige respeto y cese de violencia en Honduras
Activistas de la comunidad lésbica, gay, bisexual, transgénero e intersexual (LGBTI) de Honduras denunciaron hoy en una manifestación que el odio y la discriminación hacia las minorías sexuales persisten en el país, y pidieron el cese de la violencia contra ellos.
[Venezuela] Tamara Adrián: En 16 años no ha habido ninguna señal contra la homofobia
“No somos gente de otro mundo. Somos seres humanos”, dice Harry Terán. Lleva una bandera con seis colores: rojo, naranja, amarillo, verde, azul y morado. Su cabello es de color rosado y por esa razón ha sido “víctima de bullying”, como él mismo cuenta. “Aquí hace falta más mente, más cultura, más aceptación. Comenzando por el Gobierno”.
[Portugal] Intervenção de SANTIAGO D'ALMEIDA FERREIRA
Intervenção de Santiago D'Almeida Ferreira, co-diretor da Ação Pela Identidade, na Audição Pública "Pessoas trans e intersexo: que reconhecimento e que novos direitos?"
[Portugal] Lesbian and gay group reports rise in hate crimes, incidents in 2014
The Discrimination Observatory of ILGA Portugal, the country's leading lesbian and gay rights organisation, says that it had received 426 reports of hate crimes or incidents alleged to have taken place during 2014, most of them involving verbal insults and abuse.
[International] 12 Victims of Homophobia, Transphobia
While times are changing for LGBT people, we still face the threat of violence simply because of who we are. On International Day of Homophobia and Transphobia, we remember some of the most high-profile victims of hate.
[International] European transgender tracking organization reports 1,700+ trans murders in 7 years
Transgender Europe, a trans human rights organization established in 2005, reports 1,731 world-wide transgender murders since Jan 1, 2008 through December 31, 2014.
In 2009, the organization started the Trans Murder Monitoring project to collect and monitor transgender homicides. One of the purposes of the project was to help trans activists raise awareness of transgender violence by providing hard data.
[Brasil] [Comentário] O mal banalizado da transfobia nas redes sociais
E se as palavras que lemos no Facebook ganhassem espaço no mundo real? Quanto sangue jorraria delas? Quantas travestis, pessoas trans, teriam sido espancadas, torturadas ou agredidas com lâmpadas? Quantas seriam medicamente violadas? Quantas de nós seríamos presas em sanatórios, rotuladas de “aberrações” ou “anormalidades”?
[Brasil] ‘Escola não é um espaço seguro para transexuais’, critica ativista em encontro na PUCRS
A ativista e transfeminista Maria Clara Araújo, que ficou conhecida nacionalmente após aparecer na mídia como uma das transexuais que poderiam utilizar seu nome social – nome que escolheram para si – ao realizar o Exame Nacional de Ensino Médio (Enem), esteve em Porto Alegre durante esta semana para participar de atividades promovidas pelos Diretórios Centrais de Estudantes da PUCRS e da UFRGS.
[France] Transsexualité, transidentité : un tabou français?
Alors qu'a lieu, le 17 mai, la 10e Journée mondiale contre l'homophobie et la transphobie, la communauté trans reste peu visible en France et a du mal à faire entendre ses revendications. Spécialiste des transidentités et femme trans elle-même, la chercheuse Karine Espineira explique ces difficultés.
[Turkey] ON IDAHOT, LGBTI INDIVIDUALS FACE COUNTLESS PROBLEMS IN TURKEY
May 17th, the day homosexuality was removed from the classification “illness”, has come to be celebrated for the last 11 years as the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Many years have passed since the Declaration of Montreal on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Human Rights, which was published following the International Conference on LGBT Human Rights, has called for all nations to recognize this date. Yet, the stigmatization of and discrimination against LGBTIs continue to this day.
[Turkey] Room for a new thought: Queering bathrooms against trans erasure
Sheila L. Cavanagh at the Kaos GL’s Anti-Homophobia Meeting: “Trauma is being thrust into a transitional space where one’s possibilities as a subject collapse. My intention was to highlight the experiences of trans people excommunicated from the public space.”
[Moldávia] Marcha LGBT na Moldávia atacada por grupo religioso
Na capital moldava, os ativistas pelos direitos LGBT conseguiram fazer a sua manifestação sob proteção policial, tendo sido alvo dos ataques de grupos de cristãos ortodoxos, que lançaram petardos e ovos na direção dos manifestantes.
[USA] Forever 21 Transgender Case Marks Legal Flashpoint
A lawsuit claims that supervisors called a worker undergoing a male-female transition "disgusting" and a "hot mess." The lawsuit challenging the employer's conduct is part of a growing trend of expanding legal protections for transgender individuals.
[IL, USA] Missing Chicago trans woman located
A 28-year-old Chicago transgender woman named Sherry Berry who had been missing since May 6, 2015 has been located according to her father Jerry Nicholas, Sr.
However Nicholas believes she remains in an extremely dangerous situation both medically and in terms of her surroundings.
[PA, USA] Woman Dies After Stabbing Inside Abandoned North Philadelphia House
A woman is dead after being stabbed in the back and neck by a man during a fight inside an abandoned North Philadelphia home, officials, family and friends tell NBC10.
London Chanel, a 21-year-old transgender woman, was killed in the stabbing that police said took place around 12:40 a.m. Monday inside a rowhome along the 2200 block of Ingersoll Street.
[Peru] A Life Ended Too Soon: Transphobia Challenges Health and Happiness in Peru
Weighing only 80 pounds, Piojo sat slumped on her bed in a small, dark room thick with damp and stagnant air. There was no light, no window, and nobody.
More than ten years ago, Piojo, 30, was diagnosed with HIV, a disease she did little about as it lay silent. However, when the virus combined with a recent diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), her health rapidly deteriorated to AIDS.
[France] "On m’a clairement dit que le problème, c’était que j'étais une personne trans"
Récupérer un colis à la Poste. Se rendre chez un médecin. Passer la douane à l’aéroport. Porter plainte auprès de la police après une agression. Des gestes simples qui font peut-être partie de votre quotidien, mais qui ont longtemps relevé du parcours du combattant pour Timéo. C'est parfois toujours le cas aujourd’hui. Ce jeune homme de 25 ans est trans, et pendant longtemps, son apparence physique ou ses papiers d’identité l'identifiaient encore comme femme. Depuis quelques mois, il est officiellement un homme aux yeux de l’état civil, mais il subit toujours les discriminations et l’incompréhension que rencontrent les personnes trans en France. Des difficultés mises en lumière par la Journée mondiale contre l'homophobie et la transphobie, qui a lieu dimanche 17 mai.
[Turkey] Deva Ozenen: What it's like to be a transgender election candidate in Turkey
When Deva Ozenen was campaigning on the streets of Izmir last month, a curious passer-by picked up some of her leaflets. Eager to win a voter, she began to explain her policies – but as soon as the woman heard Ms Ozenen’s deep voice, she threw the leaflets in her face, cursing and screaming as she walked away.
[Russia] Russian police detain activists at gay flashmob in Moscow
Russian police detained 17 protesters on Sunday as they gathered in central Moscow to release colourful balloons into the air to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, an organiser of the failed flashmob said.
[USA] Republicans Rally Behind State ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws
The Republican National Committee is expected to approve a resolution supporting the passage of state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) legislation. The resolution passed out of committee on Wednesday and will come up for a vote before the 168-member governing body on Friday.
[MD, USA] Trans Woman Held in Men’s Detention Unit Released
Deairra Venable, 30, a transgender woman, was released from police custody after being arrested while photographing the looting that occurred on April 27. She was held on the male side of Central Booking although she has identified as transgender since age 14.
[Chile] Hace dos años que ingresó el proyecto de ley de identidad de género al congreso
El 7 de mayo del 2013, Ximena Rincón, Juan Pablo Letelier, Ricardo Lagos, Camilo Escalona y Lily Pérez, parlamentarios de differentes partidos políticos, presentaron ante el Congreso de Chile el proyecto de ley de reconocimiento de la identidad de género. Este proyecto fue elaborado por la abogada Ximena Gauché Marchetti con el apoyo de Andrés Rivera Duarte, entonces director ejecutivo de la Organización de Transsexuales por la Dignidad de la Diversidad (OTD).
[Brasil] Nota de pesar pelo falecimento de participante do programa Transcidadania
A Secretaria Municipal de Direitos Humanos e Cidadania está de luto pelo falecimento de uma das participantes do Programa Transcidadania, La Monique de Roma, 43 anos, baleada em episódio de latrocínio, na madrugada de ontem, 14 de maio de 2015, na região do Jockey Club, bairro do Butantã, São Paulo.
[International] Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights around the world
Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is illegal in almost 80 countries, and in at least five of them is still punishable by death. In honour of the International day against homophobia and transphobia on 17 May, explore the legal situation for LGBT people around sex, marriage or civil partnerships, adoption, workplace discrimination and hate crime by region, country and overall population
[UK] Britain's oldest transgender woman Ruth Rose: 'We are people in our own right'
Ruth Rose, from Newhaven in East Sussex, has spent most of her life as James. In 2014, she became the oldest person in Britain to have undergone gender reassignment surgery and works around the clock to promote elderly and transgender rights. Despite having turned 82 in May, she has no intention of slowing down.
[India] Leading the Transgender People's Battle for Rights
A banner at the entrance of Hassan Marikkar Memorial, Palayam, on Friday, read ‘Welcome Tiruchi Siva MP, the warrior for transgender people’. Superlatives, comical and rarely true, often find a place on banners for politicians.
[India] 36 change gender through affidavits
Emboldened by the Supreme Court verdict, 36 individuals of Angul town on Friday approached a court to change their gender identity.
[Canada] LGBTQ support for transgendered Edmonton girl
While Edmonton Catholic School board chair Debbie Engel and trustee Patricia Grell lock horns over whether a seven-year-old transgendered girl should be allowed to use the girls' bathroom, the message from LGBTQ supporters is clear: "let her pee in peace."
[USA] What The Nation’s Doctors Say About Transgender Rights And Marriage Equality
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the largest organization of internists in the country, with 141,000 members — making it the U.S.’s second largest physician group after the American Medical Association. This week, the ACP issued an extensive position paper detailing how best to serve LGBT people, including a number of political positions about what would best support LGBT people’s health.
[Mexico] Marcharán contra cierre de antros gays en Ecatepec
Representantes y dueños de establecimientos nocturnos para la Comunidad Lésbico Gay, Bisexuales y Transexuales (LGBT), anunciaron una “Marcha del Orgullo y el Respeto a la Diversidad Sexual” para el próximo sábado en las principales vialidades de Ecatepec en protesta por el cierre de esos lugares ya que, dicen, se ha expuesto a los integrantes de ese núcleo a agresiones al visitar a otros sitios de diversión.
[Portugal] Quem representa as pessoas trans e intersexo?
As pessoas trans e intersexo estão bem representadas em Portugal. E por elas próprias, como se pôde ver na audição pública que teve lugar na Assembleia da República, no passado dia 5 de maio.
[Pakistan] Four Pakistani Trans Women 'Mysteriously' Murdered in One Week
Few clues are forthcoming in the possible murder of 30-year-old Pakistani trans woman Almaroof Bijli, whose body was discovered mutilated and burned near a Gungal busstop May 5. Her death was followed three days later by the possibly hate-motivated drive-by shooting of three trans women in Rawalpindi, reports Pakistani news site Dawn.
[DC, USA] Casa Ruby house for homeless LGBT youth set to open
The first five residents of the Casa Ruby house for homeless LGBT youth were scheduled to move into the three-story Victorian townhouse in the city’s Columbia Heights neighborhood this weekend, according to Casa Ruby founder and executive director Ruby Corado.
[SC, USA] LGBT Legislation stalled at the statehouse
The fight for equal treatment could be running into a roadblock in South Carolina. That issue was debated for hours at the statehouse Thursday. South Carolina is one of more than two dozen states where someone can be fired because of their sexuality. Some say the law already protects them, but there are plenty of others who say it does not.
[Portugal] A solidão do ser(-se assim)
Quando, ao longo da tua vida, sentes-te só e tens a sensação nítida de que não tens com quem falar, alguém que te entenda, que te compreenda, e que parece que estás a falar numa língua alienígena qualquer, é simples a conclusão: és trans como eu.
[Malaysia] Negri cross-dressing case appeal to be heard on August 13
On November 7, 2014 judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus declared the Negri Sembilan Shariah Criminal Enactment had violated the rights of Muslim transgenders. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 14, 2015.The Federal Court will hear on August 13 the Negri Sembilan government's appeal against a Court of Appeal ruling which held that a provision in the state religious enactment criminalising cross-dressing by Muslims is unconstitutional.
[USA] Dept. of Education Renews Call to Investigate Anti-Trans Discrimination in Schools
Joined by over 300 transgender and LGBT community members and allies at the National Center for Transgender Equality’s (NCTE) 12th Anniversary Celebration, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon renewed the Education Department’s call to investigate and resolve Title IX sex discrimination violations against transgender students nationwide.
[USA] Is gender identity biologically hard-wired?
At an early age, 8-year-old Skyler Kelly began to let his parents know that what he looked like on the outside, a girl, is not how he felt on the inside. The science of gender identity isn't fully understood, but new research points to a complex set of factors, including biological ones. Special correspondent Jackie Judd talks to families and researchers who are working on these discoveries.
[USA] Ask Lambda Legal — Stop Prison Rape
Q: My friend is a transgender woman in a men’s prison. Last year she was raped, and I’m afraid it’ll happen again. Why can’t she be moved to a women’s prison?
[MA, USA] Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorses Bill to Provide Gender Identity Protections
The Massachusetts Democratic State Committee unanimously voted to endorse legislation that, if passed, would prohibit discrimination in public accommodations based on gender identity. Public accommodations are places like restaurants, parks, retails stores, hotels, theaters, healthcare facilities, and rental offices that are used by the public.
[MN, USA] MN Radio hosts: LGBT inclusion in schools will lead to sexual assault
On Monday, radio hosts on AM 980 KKMS made the false claim that the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the inclusion of gay, lesbian, and bisexual troops in the military has led to an increase in sexual assaults in the Armed Forces, and that if schools allow the inclusion of LGBT students — in particular transgender students — schools will see an increase in sexual assaults.
[Cuba] Cuba LGBT Rights: Trans Woman Yosvani Muñoz Robaina Reportedly Stoned To Death As Country Prepares For Global Day Against Homophobia
Yosvani Muñoz Robaina, 24, a transsexual man, was reportedly stoned on April 26th by bigoted teens. That’s according to an article published on May 9th by 14 Y Medio, a blog run by Cuban dissident Yoani Sánchez. The article stirred a debate among readers, many of whom are Cuban expats or Latin Americans from other countries, as the region responds to an emerging LGBT rights movement. Then men who allegedly killed Robaina were “a group of young boys who had nothing better to do that hurt people that never messed with anyone,” according to Robaina’s mother, Muñoz Robaina. According to her, two minors and one adult have been detained by police in connection with the stoning, which she says killed Robaina from internal hemorrhaging.
[Portugal] HIV and transgender sex workers in Portugal:Findings from a participatory study
Sex workers are at greater risk of HIV infection compared toother population groups; transgender sex workers (TSW) areparticularly vulnerable due to additional stigma. Still, HIV epi-demiological and behavioural data among TSW in Portugal isnon-existent. This study aims to provide information on HIVinfection among male-to-female TSW in Portugal.
[Portugal] Intervenção de MI GUERREIRO
Intervenção de MI GUERREIRO na Audição Pública "Pessoas trans e intersexo: que reconhecimento e que novos direitos?"
[UK] Huzzah, Britain Now Has More Openly Queer Legislators Than Any Other Country
This isn’t a great moment to be a liberal in Britain. In last Thursday’s general election, our largest left-wing party was eviscerated, leaving the Conservative Party with enough of a majority to do pretty much whatever it wants over the next five years. (So far, this appears to be cutting disability benefits, scrapping the Human Rights Act, and bringing back foxhunting.)
[UK] Camp comforts children questioning gender identity
For children who may be questioning their gender identity, the world can be an confusing place. But for one long weekend, some children can freely express themselves alongside their parents and siblings at a camp designed specifically for them.
[France] Sex-change sterilization slammed as 'degrading'
France scores well on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights in a new review, but a spokesman for campaign group ILGA-Europe slammed a "degrading" sterilization requirement for gender reassignment.
[Sweden] Sweden scores top spot for gays in Scandinavia
Sweden has scored highest in Scandinavia and fourth in Europe in the latest review of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people experience human rights across the continent, by campaign group ILGA-Europe.
[Denmark] Denmark 'lagging behind' on LGBT rights
Denmark was among the top ten in Europe in the latest review of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people experience human rights across the continent, but community leaders say the nation should do better.
[Turkey] 2 Transphobic Hate Attacks in Istanbul, Turkey - Last Night
12 May 2015 Tuesday night, 2 trans women sex workers were attacked in different districts in Istanbul (Findikzade and Bagdat Boulevard).
Migel, a trans woman sex worker living in Findikzade, was attacked at her own apartment by a group of men. She was brutally injured with deep cuts on several parts of her body. She was brought to Sisli Etfal Hospital by her friends. Later the same night the attackers were caught.
Isil, another trans woman sex worker in Bagdat Boulevard, was attacked by a group of 5 men. Her jaw was broken. However, her situation is fine now and the search for finding the attackers is going on.
The attacks on trans women have increased recently.
[USA] What Do People Mean When They Say They Want The ‘Truth’ About Transgender People?
Bruce Jenner’s coming out as transgender has greatly increased the visibility of transgender people, but it has likewise increased the number of writers talking about transgender identities. Though guidance is widely available for how to respect trans people, that guidance relies on a bit of understanding about exactly what it means to be transgender. Some recent cases demonstrate that skepticism — or outright antipathy — regarding gender identity remain an obstacles in these conversations.
[USA] FDA to Maintain Discriminatory Blood Ban; Impact on Trans People Still Unclear
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today proposed to narrow, but not eliminate, its unsound and discriminatory policy of prohibiting blood donation by anyone deemed “men who have sex with men” or MSM. Instead of a lifetime ban of blood donation by “MSM” or anyone who has had sex with “MSM,” the FDA has proposed to shorten the period of the ban to one year since donors have had “sex with men.” This proposal, like the existing ban, is based on unfounded assumptions rather than medical science and has been sharply criticized by HIV and LGBT advocates and medical authorities. The new FDA proposal also states that who is “MSM” will be determined based on self-reported gender. However, the FDA’s proposal also confusingly states that blood collection agencies “may exercise discretion” when blood donors have transitioned.
[Portugal] Intervenção de ALEXANDRE PACHECO
Intervenção de Alexandre Pacheco, representante da rede ex aequo, na Audição Pública "Pessoas trans e intersexo: que reconhecimento e que novos direitos?"
[International] #May17Because intersex children do not need your interventions
According to Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC), a nonprofit organization advocating on behalf of intersex children, an estimated one in 2,000 babies is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy and/or chromosome pattern that doesn’t seem to fit typical definitions of male or female. In America beginning in the 1950’s, infants and children born with intersex traits were given multiple surgeries and other medical interventions intended to make their bodies appear to match the understood standards of male and female. Their families were told to keep this a secret. Doctors believed that early surgery and secrecy would help the child develop a “normal” gender identity; ignoring the life-long emotional and physical impact of their actions on the intersex people.
OII Australia - Council of Europe on “Human rights and intersex people”
We warmly congratulate the Council of Europe and report author Silvan Agius for a landmark report on the human rights of people with intersex variations. The report contains 8 clear and simple recommendations, and strong analysis.
[Australia] Gender dysphoria clinic to receive extra funding
The Victorian Government has announced there will be extra funding for the Gender Dysphoria Clinic at the Royal Children's Hospital, after speculation that the clinic was initially left out of the budget.
[FL, USA] Maddie's Story: The girl born a boy
Ana and Yannick saw the signs very early.
Their son, Matthew, only wanted to play with toys typically associated with girls. He wanted to grow his hair long like young girls would. And he desperately wanted to wear dresses.
[Ecuador] Silueta X pide que se aclaren muertes de personas GLBTI
La Asociación Silueta X, a través del Observatorio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos de los GLBTI, demandó de las autoridades de Justicia y Policía, el esclarecimiento de uno de sus miembros identificado como Byron Flores Correa o ‘Katty’.
[Honduras] ‘They have silenced us completely’
Human rights activists, journalists and LGBT citizens are regularly targeted by right-wing killers. As one who isn't afraid to speak out says: 'There is an ideology of domination and violence in this country'