A Chosen Lifestyle?

Elaine Sommers, a trustee of Changing Attitude England, contributes this blog:  ‘Stop messing about; you’re on the road to hell.’ ‘What you’re doing is sinful and against God’s laws. You need some serious prayer ministry.’ ‘You need to repent of your chosen lifestyle. ‘ Who made these strongly worded statements and to whom were they […]

Nepal’s Third Gender and the Recognition of Gender Identity

3rd gender Nepal

http://changingattitude.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/3rd-gender-Nepal.jpg 480w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />On December 27, 2007, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued a decision that has been called “arguably the single most comprehensive judgment affirming protections for gender identity anywhere in the world.” The decision in Pant v. Nepal was overwhelmingly in favor of the petitioners, a group of local lesbian, […]

Members of NYAWEK in Kisumu, Kenya, report Stella’s release from prison

Brenda Stella Achieng in NYAWEK's office following her release

Fred Ochieng has sent a report of the court hearing which took place last Wednesday, 4 April, when Stella who was born intersex, was released until a further hearing on 18 May. Stella was given the name Michael by her parents at birth, thought they later accepted her choice to identify as female and to […]

Kenyan intersex person in prison protected by Dan and Fred from NYAWEK

Fred Odinga has reported that he and Dan, the Executive Director of NYAWEK in Kisumu, Kenya, have been contacted to respond to the case of an intersex person who is on remand in Kodiaga Prison. Stalla as he/she prefers to be called, because of his/her desire to live independently and to earn a decent living, went to […]

Transgender and Intersex groups form Pan-African Alliance

Ugandan intersex activist Julius Kaggwa

The organizations include South African based Gender DynamiX (GDX), Uganda’s Support Initiative for People with atypical Sexual Development (SIPD) and Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA).   A press statement issued in Kampala today (February 2) by Julius Kaggwa, the SIPD director, said the partnership “Will concentrate its efforts mainly on advocacy in Sub-Saharan Africa.” He […]

Botswana health system struggling to deal with gender identity confusion patients

The general lack of information about gender identity issues that plagues the country’s health care service means that Botswana’s Transgender community is suffering. A recent incident involving an eighteen year old was brought to the attention of Rainbow Identity, an organization that deals with transgender and intersex people and their issues. The incident took place […]

Botswana health system struggling to deal with gender identity confusion patients

The general lack of information about gender identity issues that plagues the country’s health care service means that Botswana’s Transgender community is suffering. A recent incident involving a young teenager was brought to the attention of Rainbow Identity, an organization that deals with transgender and intersex people and their issues. The incident took place at […]

The third gender agenda: The journey for legal recognition of Kenya’s intersex individuals

Behind the Mask’s Kenya Correspondent Melissa Wainaina spoke to human rights lawyer John Chigiti who represented RM, a Kenyan seeking recognition by the courts as an intersex individual. John Chigiti is a family man and a senior partner at Chigiti and Chigiti Advocates based in Nairobi. He has practiced law for over 14 years and […]