Ensure transgender people’s rights in Bangladesh

Bangaldesh transgender

Speakers at a view exchange meeting in Bangladesh on 27 April 2012 stressed the need for ensuring fundamental rights especially the health, social and legal rights of the transgender people for uplifting their living and livelihood condition. They said the society, as a whole, should come forward with a positive attitude toward the extreme socially excluded […]

Lesbians strive to end economic and social discrimination

Discrimination hurts many women economically and socially, but it has an even greater and sometimes dangerous impact on lesbians, according to a group of women working on lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights in dozens of countries. The women, most of them lesbians, discussed their experiences at a session called “Economic Justice for Lesbian Women: Setting […]

Transgenders face housing and job discrimination in Chennai, India

While some transgenders have managed to make it against all odds, most continue to face discrimination and stigma when it comes to getting jobs or houses for rent. “Livelihood opportunities for transgenders needs a serious debate,” says Magdelene Jeyaratham, Director, Centre of Counselling. Citing the recent example of the Karnataka High Court appointing a transgender […]

The Word on Women – interconnected struggles: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) activism In Africa

LGBTQI individuals in Africa face numerous civil, political, economic, social and cultural barriers. AWID spoke to Hakima Abbas, the Executive Director of Fahamu about the challenges of LGBTQI activism and how the politics of foreign aid impacts the struggle. AWID: There are currently many setbacks to LGBTQI rights in Africa, what are the greatest risks […]

Faith, Feminism, and LGBTQ women – is anyone listening?

Cutting Edge Consortium Women’s Group Public Meeting  A Public meeting on Wednesday 18th January 2012 at 7pm, at: The Conference Room (Floor 1), YMCA, Indian Student Hostel, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ   The Cutting Edge Consortium wishes to invite you to a public meeting to discuss the place of LBTQ women of faith in current […]

Supreme Court Ruling Gives Pakistan’s Beleaguered Transgender Community New Hope

After decades of neglect and persecution, Pakistan’s transgender minority has been offered new hope following a court decision to give the long-oppressed community the right to vote, Radio Free Europe reports. Pakistan’s Supreme Court issued a ruling on November 14 ordering the country’s election commission to collect data from the transgender community and register them […]

UPR of Togo: willingness to improve but ‘no’ to decriminalisation of same-sex relations

On 6 October 2011 the Working Group on the UPR considered the human rights situation in Togo. The delegation sent by Togo comprised eight delegates, including ministerial representatives from several departments, such as the Minister of Justice, the Minster of Arts and Culture, the Minister of Commerce and the Director General of the Promotion of […]

WPATH announces new standards of care for transgender and gender nonconforming people

WPATH revision committee chair Eli Coleman launched the 7th version of the standards of care to some 300 people who attended the symposium as part of a partnership with the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and the Southern Comfort Conference, the largest transgender conference in the nation that takes place annually in Atlanta. There were […]

Non-hijra transgender people struggle for identity in India

Hijra isn’t the only transgender identity. There are others, such as female-to-male transgenders, who don’t draw attention to themselves, and struggle to find recognition as anything but a ‘deviant’ community, writes Gee Ameena Suleiman. There are several transgender identities that exist in South India. There are the female to male transgender identities of Thirunambigal in […]