[Zimbabwe] Civic Groups Condemn Harassment of Gay Activists
Civic society organizations in Zimbabwe have condemned the behaviour of police officers in Harare, who continue to harass activists from the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), without bringing any charges against them.
[Malaysia] Transgender with a mission
Although it took her family more than a decade to accept her sexuality, Rina managed to overcome the challenges thrown at her at an early age and is now helping others.
[Thailand] Neither fish nor fowl
The graduation season is rounding the last corner, and when the commencement ceremony takes place tomorrow at Thammasat University, all eyes will be fixed on Baramee Phanich. The Social Science graduate has made headlines and roused another round of debate on gender issues _ as well as the he/she dilemma for writers _ when Baramee, a male student, formally asked the university for permission to dress in female attire at the ceremony.
[Mexico] Cerca de mil Personas Participaron en la Caravana por la Diversidad Sexual 2012
La noche de ayer, el Centro Histórico de la capital del estado se vistió de lentejuelas, plumas, tacones y música de disco, para dar paso a la caravana por la diversidad sexual, la cual reunió a un aproximado de mil personas integrantes de la comunidad LGBTT (lésbico, gay, bisexual, travesti y transgénero), así como a gente de la sociedad en general.
[Perú] Nuevo proyecto de Ley de Identidad de Género en Perú discriminatorio con la Dignidad de personas Transexuales
El nuevo proyecto de Ley de Identidad de Género de Perú, se anuncia como un avance para las personas transexuales y en su enunciado dice que es “para proteger la dignidad y la individualidad de las personas”, lejos está de ello, dejando patente sus contradicciones, ya que impone criterios y limitaciones que atentan gravemente contra la individualidad, la dignidad y la identidad sexual de las personas transexuales. Interfiriendo desde la “legalidad” pero de forma arbitraria en el estado civil de las personas transexuales, negando el derecho a la descendencia (a no ser padre o madre).
[Argentina] José ahora es Melisa y se convirtió en la primera maestra trans
José decidió transformarse en Melisa y se convirtió en la primera maestra de primaria transexual luego de que las autoridades de la Escuela N° 23 del barrio porteño de Flores, aceptaran el cambio.
La docente enseña ajedrez en escuelas públicas porteñas. Sus alumnos son chicos de segundo a quinto grado.
[Philippines] Anti-Discrimination Bill’s OK Delayed
The passage of the proposed Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Anti-Religious Discrimination Act of 2011 faces a rough sailing in Congress after some senators thumbed down the inclusion of the lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) provisions in the bicameral bill.
[Canada] Capital Pride parade diversifies
Rainbow flags were flying high as Ottawa’s celebration of everything queer culminated Sunday, August 26 with the Capital Pride parade.
[Canada] Transgendered man deported
A transgendered Uxbridge man was deported to his native Brazil last weekend despite claims that his sexuality will put him in danger in the South American country.
Silvani Marques, 37, had been taking hormone treatments in Canada and dresses as a woman.
“I am hoping everything will be fine,” he said before his flight home on Sunday. “I was hoping for more from Canada.”
[Canada] [Commentary] On the Job Market as a Transgender Candidate
Most trans people in academe wait for the job security of tenure before undertaking the risky process of a gender transition. The reason is obvious: There's still a tremendous amount of discrimination and harassment toward us.
[USA] What Psychologists Need to Know to Help Transgender Clients
Transgender clients are increasingly being viewed as part of a larger minority population that includes lesbian/gay/bisexual/queer people. Transgender individuals face challenges as a result of identifying with a gender that differs from their birth sex.
[USA] [Commentary] We Need More Foundations for Transgenders
One of the most crucial medical needs for the transgender community is — and always has been — assistance with the financial burden of hormone therapy and surgical transition procedures that helps confirm our gender identity.
[IA, USA] Sincerely Sophie
"You have to learn to be a real person before you can learn to be a real man or a real woman."
Sophie Prell is one of few people who can say they've been all of the above.
Sophie - or Gaylen, as she was known through her high school years in Aurelia - was an active, involved boy, and still today she has fond memories of clowning around with her stepbrothers, the car rides to basketball games, proms, wearing the mascot costume for football games.
[Argentina] Após aprovar nova lei, Buenos Aires tem sua primeira professora transexual
Após as férias escolares de inverno na Argentina, onde uma lei que reconhece a escolha de 'identidade de gênero' foi aprovada no último mês de maio, Melisa se tornou a primeira professora primária transexual de Buenos Aires ao se apresentar com sua nova certidão, informou a imprensa local nesta terça-feira.
[Brasil] Travesti é encontrado morto em Três Lagoas
A Polícia Civil de Três Lagoas investiga a causa da morte do travesti Marcos Roberto de Souza Vieira, 31 anos, encontrado morto, na noite desta sexta-feira (24), no bairro Jardim Alvorada.
[Zimbabwe] US lashes out at Zimbabwe over LGBT raids
The United States Department of State has criticized the Zimbabwe government for its raid on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations in the country earlier this month.
[India] Transgenders can now get a ‘guru’ to attest voter application
Purvi’s voter ID card refers to her as Ramesh. But this isn’t an error by election officials. Named Ramesh by her parents, Purvi is a transgender who changed her name and started dressing like a woman 10 years ago. Her voter’s card still carries her original name, and she is yet to apply for a new one, fearing the hassle involved in procuring documents that need her family’s approval.
[Japan] Androgynous Israeli shocks in Toyota ad
Ukrainian-born male model Stav Strashko thinks living in Tel Aviv is ‘fabulous’, idolizes Angelina Jolie, loves ‘girl power’ and believes ‘the mind sees what it wants’
[Australia] Workshops on discrimination and protections
The NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) have announced a series of workshops to identify areas in which same-sex attracted and gender diverse people experience discrimination and educate them on their rights and protections.
[New Zealand] No action over sex book complaints
The Human Rights Commission will not progress discrimination complaints lodged over a council produced booklet on South Auckland sex workers but found the term transvestite had been misused in the publication.
[Mexico] Futbolista transexual vuelve a disputar competiciones oficiales
Un nuevo paso en la larga batalla por la normalización social de la realidad transexual. Miranda Salman, futbolista transexual mexicana de 43 años, podrá volver a jugar en un equipo afiliado a la Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, veinte años después de retirarse de las competiciones oficiales.
[Argentina] El jaque mate de Melisa
Melisa D’Oro trabaja en una escuela pública de Flores. Siempre tuvo nombre y aspecto de varón. Hasta que decidió vivir su libertad también en el aula. Hubo una charla con los alumnos y con los padres. Ahora sigue dando clases. Ahora es “la profe” de ajedrez.
(Foto: Melisa D’Oro junto con el director, Enrique Samar, en la Escuela 23 del Distrito Escolar 11, General Savio, de Flores.)
[Japan] Does This Ad Indicate a Future for Androgynous Male Models?
As our friends at Jalopnik have pointed out, this new Toyota ad currently airing in Japan features a tall blonde strutting across a showroom in high heels a pair of red bikini bottoms. So far, so much standard sex-sells bullshit. But when the model turns around, it becomes clear that he's not a woman but an androgynous-looking man.
[Canada] Convicted pedophile may be considering sex change, documents show
A convicted pedophile apparently prefers life as a woman, Parole Board of Canada documents show.
Matthew Harks legally changed his hame to Madilyn (Rebecca) Harks, according to documents dated Aug. 22.
Parole officials would not comment on the case, but it is believed the name change coincides with Harks' move to change his sex.
[Australia] SA to adopt LGBT strategy
The South Australian Minister for Social Inclusion, Ian Hunter (pictured), has announced a new LGBTIQ strategy will be developed for the state.
[USA] For Transgender Veterans, An Awkward ID Problem Awaits Simple Fix
There aren't many transgender U.S. military veterans. Advocacy groups estimate the number may be somewhere around 300,000 out of the nation's 26 million vets. But nearly all will struggle to access military benefits because of an awkward bureaucratic snafu that could be easily fixed: their discharge papers show the wrong gender.
[USA] [Commentary] The Coffee and Donut Riots
On June 18, 2010 I published a diary about the Compton's Cafeteria Riots of 1966. On August 20, 2012 there was a gathering/march in San Francisco honoring the survivors of those riots and the decades to follow.
[MI, USA] Jackson City Commission Votes to Take Up Non-Discrimination Ordinance
On Aug. 14, the Jackson City Commission voted to take up the issue of adopting an inclusive and equal non-discrimination ordinance. Specifically the ordinance would ban discrimination of people based on a number of factors, including their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. In recent months, similar ordinances have passed in Flint, Mount Pleasant, and Muskegon. Last year voters in Traverse City upheld their city's nondiscrimination ordinance.
[UK] JCB driver born a man is now officially a woman
Debbie Graham has lost her facial hair and developed a higher-pitched voice, but still has male sexual organs.
She will have gender reassignment surgery next year and has won a bid to be officially recognised as a woman.
[Israel] Is Androgynous Male Model Stav Strashko the Next Andrej Pejic?
Androgyny–of the Saskia de Brauw and Freja Beha variety–is a valued look in modeling (Just ask Tyra). Newer and more controversial? Bio boys who can play pretty girls. Of course everyone’s favorite fragile blonde, Andrej Pejic, has done tons to bring male-to-female androgyny into the mainstream, as has transgender model Lea T.
[Zimbabwe] Police Moves To Shut The Gay and Lesbian Office
Zimbabwean police on Thursday initiated a process to shut down the offices of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) after charging a representative of the organisation for running an “unregistered” organisation.
[Thailand] Transvestites, women warned against sex trade in Mideast
Panida Somao said the laws in Oman were very strict and only men were allowed to work at massage parlours for male customers.
"But some Thai transvestites have exploited these laws and also offer sexual services," she said, adding that many of these men came to Oman before undergoing the sex-change operation.
[Australia] Transgender community suffering from mental health problems
Doctors at a national conference in far north Queensland say a lack of health services and information for the transgender community is causing severe mental health problems and in some extreme cases, self-castration. Members of the transgender community and sexual health doctors from across the country are meeting in Cairns this weekend for the first ever national conference of its kind.
[Canada] Transgendered man in Uxbridge fears deportation to Brazil
A transgender Uxbridge man says his life will be in danger due to his sexuality if he’s deported to his native Brazil on Saturday.
Silvani Marques, 37, an engineer, has been taking hormone treatments and dresses as a woman. He shows a photo shoot of himself wearing different women’s dresses as part of an online gallery.
[CA, USA] WATCH: March Honors 46th Anniversary of Compton's Cafeteria Riots
In the 1960s, Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin neighborhood was virtually the only place in the city where transgender folks could congregate publicly, as they weren't allowed in gay bars at the time. Cross-dressing was still illegal in the city, and the local police often used the presence of trans women as a pretext for raiding and closing gay bars.
[NH, USA] New Publication Highlights Experiences of Transgender Granite Staters
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and TransGender New Hampshire (TG-NH) are pleased to announce the publication of We Are New Hampshire: Transgender Lives in the Granite State, a collection of 10 stories about local transgender people and their families. The book reveals the fullness of their lives and highlights the challenges transgender residents of New Hampshire and their families face as they seek to live genuinely and with dignity. The book is intended as an educational resource for policy makers and the general public.
[Macedonia] New trans application filed with the European Court
The applicant in this case is a young transgender man who wishes to undergo gender reassignment surgery. The applicant found it impossible to obtain adequate medical assistance in Macedonia due to the absence of the requisite facilities but also due to the indifferent or even outright hostile attitude of medical professionals he met towards transgender people. He therefore decided to seek treatment abroad, in Serbia. There he received a gender dysphoria diagnosis and he started to undergo hormonal treatment. Since he could not afford the costs and in the absence of coverage from the Macedonian health insurance fund, he had to discontinue the treatment. He therefore found himself in an intolerable situation of limbo, due to the discrepancy between the gender marker included in his personal documents reflecting his sex at birth on the one hand and his male appearance and name on the other hand. He filed a request asking that he be issued with a new birth certificate reflecting his preferred gender, which the authorities rejected.
[USA] Transgender People New Targets of Hateful Political Ads
Even amidst emotional fights over same-sex marriage, anti-gay political advertisements have grown increasingly civil since the 1970s, new research finds. For transgender people, however, the media landscape is looking increasingly brutal.
[USA] Transgender pilot wins battle against FAA
In a matter of weeks, Bay Area transgender pilot Tamsyn Waterhouse could once again be fully licensed to fly planes, because she challenged the Federal Aviation Administration and won.
[CA, USA] Remembering Compton's riot
A group of transgender people and allies held a memorial march Monday, August 20 to mark the 46th anniversary of the Compton's Cafeteria riot, widely viewed as the beginning of the LGBT rights movement in San Francisco.
[Mexico] Inician programa de transexualidad masculina
La asociación civil Prodiana inició las actividades de campo de su programa de transexualidad masculina, mismo que incluye reuniones semanales y la segunda fase del programa de prevención de VIH/sida para población transgénero, esta vez orientada a los hombres trans.
[Brasil] Desrespeitada por Record, Léo Áquilla é finalista de "A Fazenda 5"
A sorte tem as cores do arco-íris. A transexual Léo Áquilla é a primeira finalista do reality show “A Fazenda 5″. A peoa conquistou o posto depois de vencer prova disputada na quarta-feira 22. Os concorrentes de Léo ainda não foram definidos. A finalíssima ocorre na quarta-feira 29.
Obviously, as journalists, we on The Advocate’s editorial staff are word people. Also, the movement we chronicle is well aware of the power of words. As an Advocate copy editor (read: enforcer of language rules) for the past 15 years, I’ve seen the language we use to describe ourselves and our movement evolve, and a look at our archives reveals even more changes.
[USA] [Commentary] The American Psychiatric Association Issues Historic Position Statements on Trans Issues
On May 18, 2009, about 150 trans community members and allies gathered outside the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Francisco to protest diagnostic policies that psychopathologize gender diversity. Bull horn in hand, I and others called upon the APA leadership to issue three public position statements in support of the dignity and health of trans and gender variant people:
[NC, USA] Party people at the Transfaith in Color Conference 2012
On Saturday, a woman in a black and lime tunic watched the hotel staff lay down flooring in an empty ballroom. It seems the floor is not big enough to hold even a small wedding reception, let alone the full-on dance party Charlene Archilla is describing in a soft voice. But for Archilla, 49, the space is more than enough room for Sweet-T: The Mini Ball, where she will don a red and white kimono and lip-synch to Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You," as the audience showers her in dollar bills and kisses.
[India] EC makes it easy for first-time transgenders to vote
First-time transgender voters henceforth need not bother looking for a sponsor or beg their parents to sign the new registration form. A recent order of the Election Commission of India (ECI) has relaxed conditions with the addition of 'chela' (assistant) or guru (teacher) in the voter registration form.
[India] We are humans too: Transgenders in Karnataka
The sexual minorities in the state want to send a message to the general public—they are humans, too. In a bid to do just that, Sangama, a human rights organisation that works with sexual minorities, will file a petition at the Karnataka high court seeking repeal of the Karnataka Police Act that empowers the state to keep a tab on transgenders in the state.
[India] Transgenders demand welfare board
Fed up with continuous harassment and discrimination, transgender community has urged the Central government to form a welfare board for them. The board as envisaged will help them address the issues plaguing them at government level.
[USA] Transgender Americans: Are your voting rights in jeopardy?
New voter ID laws could prevent more than 25,000 transgender citizens from voting, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA. The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has released “Voting While Trans” resources in order to educate trans voters on what they can do to successfully cast their ballots, particularly during what advocate Laverne Cox says is “a critical election season.”
[USA] Neither Man Nor Woman: Meet the Agender
"I didn’t really want nipples," Cory said, running a hand through a mop of bleached blond hair. Born female, 23-year-old Cory uses the pronoun co—and asked that we refer to co that way, too—and got elective surgery to remove co's breasts last year. But co is not transgender in the traditional sense, transitioning between female and male. Co wants neither gender. So co joined the ranks of the agender—or, in a more florid recent coinage, the gender neutrois.
[FL, USA] Transgenders and New Voter ID Requirements
As many as 25,000 transgenders could be profoundly affected by the new voter ID laws in Pennsylvania, something which could prove to be especially problematic during Election Day this November.
[South Korea] Trans Beauty Lights Up “Korea’s Next Top Model”
America’s Next Top Model kicks off its 19th cycle next Friday with an all-new set of judges after Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and Miss J. Alexander were given the boot. But it’s an international version of the show—there have been more than two dozen to date—making waves right now: Season Three of Korea’s Next Top Model features among its cast of aspiring fashionistas Choi Han-bit, who is transgender. Trans Beauty Lights Up “Korea’s Next Top Model”
[OH, USA] [Commentary] Another Young Transwoman Lost In Ohio
While I was in Charlotte for the just concluded TransFaith In Color Conference, heard about another young African-American transwoman who has been killed in the Cincinnati suburb of Walnut Hills, OH. .
[NM, USA] Transgendered Carlsbad women adjusting to new lives
Change can be difficult, even if embraced.
Erin Preciado, 57, and Jessica Lighthall, 41, are transgendered. Preciado has had her sex reassignment surgery and Lighthall will be scheduling hers in the near future. The transition is costly and certain established protocols must be followed prior to sex reassignment surgery.
[Mexico] Genera polémica el Festival Cultural de la Diversidad Sexual
El clero zacatecano teme que con la realización del Festival Cultural de la Diversidad Sexual se efectúen espectáculos grotescos e irreverentes. A continuación el comunicado emitido por la Diócesis de Zacatecas se reproduce textualmente:
[Brasil] Finalista concurso da Gaiola posa ao lado de homens nus
A transexual paulista Viviany Beleboni tem tirado proveito dos seus cinco minutos de fama. Finalista do concurso que escolherá uma dançarina para Valesca Popozuda, a loira posou rodeada de homens nus para um ensaio da marca de sapatos Belíssima Fashion Shoes.
[Pakistan] Eid for every one, not for eunuchs
Purse tucked in hand, wigs or hair pieces perched on heads, wearing latest styled tailored clothes, pointed heels and flaunting full make up in the scorching heat, these fashion savvy ‘she males/eunuchs’ trot the crowded streets of Saddar in search of some money that the Eid shoppers could spare for them.
[CA, USA] Stabbing at Stockton Motel Sends Transvestite to Hospital
Stockton Police are searching for a man who stabbed a transvestite in a motel room.
This happened at the Stockton City Motel on South Wilson Way just before 9 o'clock Saturday. Police say a man who was dressed as a woman was stabbed in the stomach. The victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The manager of the motel saw the whole thing. She told FOX40 a man knocked at the victim's door, then stabbed him when he answered. The manager says the victim goes by the name "Bianca" and has been staying at the motel for a while.
The suspect, a Hispanic adult male, left the scene on the red bicycle.
[India] First transgender sports meet on Sept 8-9
For the first time in the country, a transgender national sports meet is going to be held in Chhattisgarh in an effort to ensure a platform for people of the third gender to move ahead in sports.
[India] Transgenders seek acceptance
To sensitise the public on various problems sexual minorities face, a media consultation was organised on Friday. “Gender minorities such as transgenders are often harassed,” said Akkai Padmashali of Sangama. “They become victims of violence. They are discriminated against because of their gestures and voice. They have no access to public transport, voter ID or public restrooms.”
[NY, USA] Alleged transgendered purse snatcher busted
A towering alleged transgendered purse snatcher is being held on charges that he stole an employee's purse at a trendy Upper West Side denim boutique -- and then had the nerve to carry it back into the store the next day.
[OR, USA] "People Think We're a Tranny Bar."
LGBT media outlet The Advocate picked up the story this week of a group of transgender women who were asked to never return to North Portland bar the P-Club.
[TX, USA] COVER STORY: Making a transition in Cowtown
Seated in comfy chairs amid dim lights and the scent of cocoa beans at a small coffee shop, a small group shares intimate stories about growing up and being transgender.
[Bermuda] ‘It is not open to debate’
Bermuda was told in no uncertain terms yesterday afternoon that the human rights of people who are gay, transgender or bisexual are non-negotiable.
[Brasil] RS começa a emitir documento social para travestis e transexuais
Cerca de 20 travestis e transexuais compareceram ao Instituto Geral de Perícias (IGP), em Porto Alegre, nesta quinta-feira, para tirar a Carteira de Nome Social (CNS). O documento visa acabar com constrangimentos sofridos por transexuais e travestis por terem nome diferente do que consta na carteira de identidade convencional. O Rio Grande do Sul é o primeiro Estado brasileiro a adotar a medida, emitindo o documento através de um órgão oficial.
[Brasil] Travesti é encontrada morta com três tiros em rodovia de Piracicaba, SP
Segundo Polícia Civil, corpo foi encontrado após denúncia anônima via 190.
Caso é investigado pela Delegacia de Investigações Gerais do município.
Uma travesti de 24 anos foi encontrada morta na madrugada desta sexta-feira (17), no quilômetro 43 da Rodovia Cornélio Pires (SP-127), que liga Piracicaba (SP) a Tietê (SP). Segundo a Polícia Civil, a vítima estava com marcas de três tiros: no peito, no rosto abaixo do nariz e uma de raspão na bochecha direita. O corpo estava no acostamento da estrada.
[Greece] Police detention of Transgender Individuals during ‘Xenios Zeus’ Operations
The Greek Transgender Support Association, a recognized ngo for the support of the rights of the trans community in Greece, is hereby strongly condemning the massive police detention of twenty five (25) trans women on Thursday, August 9th, during the crackdown police operation “Xenios Zeus”.
[Uganda] Uganda to clamp Internet after gay-rights hacking
Uganda vowed to tighten its Internet security after government websites were hacked earlier this week. A proposed bill that calls for the death penalty for those caught in homosexual acts has sparked outrage.
[Zimbabwe] Mutoko Blasts Homosexuality, Racism in New Album
Zimbabwean gospel musician John Mutoko has taken his gospel music to another level by denouncing homosexuality, racism and sex changes which he witnessed during his stay in the United Kingdom.
[USA] 'Drag Queen' Barbie Is Basically Just Barbie
Mattel's apparently gender-bending Blond Diamond Barbie, designed by glitzy New York duo The Blonds, might be based on a drag queen, but it looks pretty similar to classic Barbie. Mattel isn't explicitly marketing it as a drag queen doll, but some are calling the new figure 'Drag Queen' Barbie because of its striking resemblance to Phillipe Blond. The connection seems pretty obvious:
[IL, USA] No Chicago schools make top 10 most trans-friendly
Campus Pride, an organization for LGBT student leaders and campus groups, has released its first list of the U.S. colleges and universities that are the most friendly to transgender students. The top 10 list includes schools like Princeton University and NYU, but no Illinois or Chicago colleges made the upper tier.
[PA, USA] Voter-ID law upheld
A judge this week upheld Pennsylvania’s new voter-identification law, which critics say could make it harder for low-income, elderly and transgender voters to head to the polls.
[PA, USA] New student code to address transgender concerns
The School Reform Commission unanimously approved the revised Code of Student Conduct on Thursday night but added a resolution on language regarding nonconforming gender identities to be included under the dress-code/uniform policy.
[Colombia] [Opinion] La ciudad transexual
Cartagena es una de esas ciudades en las que es muy fácil identificar lógicas en la que se establecen ciudadanos de primera, de segunda y de tercera categoría. Como si unos tuviesen más derechos que otros, como si mientras unos viven de lucrativos negocios que ocupan el espacio público, otros tienen que esconder su humanidad, porque se les prohíbe deambular por la misma calle que se merecen.
[Argentina] Proyecto de ley para la inserción laboral de trans
El diputado provincial Eduardo Toniolli conversó hoy sobre el proyecto de ley que propone “la inserción y la participación en la vida social, económica, política y cultural de personas travestis, transexuales y transgénero, y alienta su contratación y empleo en organismos públicos y/o privados”.
[Argentina] La FALGBT y ATTTA repudian requisitos discriminatorios para ingreso a policía cordobesa
Según la reglamentación de la ley policial 9.728, sancionada en Córdoba en 2010, se han endurecido los requisitos para el ingreso de aspirantes a integrar la fuerza. Los mismos establecen pautas discriminatorias hacia diversos colectivos, especialmente hacia personas trans, inadmisibles en un país que ha legislado la igualdad de oportunidades y trato recientemente.