Transgender News & Issues

New York: Bill allows gender-neutral ‘X’

New York: Bill allows gender-neutral ‘X’

(Reuters) – The New York state assembly has passed a bill that would allow people who do not identify as either male or female to use “X” as a marker, to designate their sex on drivers’ licences, as the LGBTQ community commemorates Pride Month across the United States. The new marker would help transgender, non-binary, […]

New Zealand: Govt backs transgender inclusion

New Zealand: Govt backs transgender inclusion

(Reuters) – New Zealand’s Sports Minister Grant Robertson said on Thursday that inclusion should be the starting point for any discussion about the participation of transgender people in the sex class of their choice. Robertson was responding to an open letter from 43 former Olympic champions and athletes calling on the government to widen consultation […]

Queerbio: LGBTQ Inventors

Queerbio: LGBTQ Inventors

Most people consider inventions in the realm of science, and indeed many of the LGBTQ inventors on the list have been particularly active in the field of computer science. Well-known inventors are particularly prominent in medicine and engineering. The profession is led by such LGBTQ icons as Great Britain’s Sir Francis Bacon, who is considered the […]

Florida bans trans girls from sports

Florida bans trans girls from sports

(Reuters) – Florida on Tuesday became the latest, and by far the largest, US state to ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports, part of a campaign in statehouses nationwide this year, assailed as discriminatory by equal rights activists. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who is closely aligned with former President Donald Trump, […]

Biden: Nearly 14% of agency appointees are LGBTQ

Biden: Nearly 14% of agency appointees are LGBTQ

(Reuters) – Nearly 14% of US President Joe Biden’s 1,500 federal agency appointees identify as LGBTQ, he said on Tuesday, in a proclamation marking the start of Pride Month, celebrating the LGBTQ community. A Democrat, Biden urged Congress to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, by passing the Equality Act. Donald Trump, his Republican predecessor, did […]

Twitch adds ‘Transgender’ tag

Twitch adds ‘Transgender’ tag

The world’s largest game streaming service, Twitch, said on Wednesday that players will be able to add a transgender label to their videos – a move the company said would aid inclusion among its 30 million daily gamers. Twitch, which lets users broadcast themselves playing video games, introduced ‘transgender’, ‘bisexual’, ‘Black’, and ‘disabled’ among more than […]

UK: Theatres back trans actors for trans roles

UK: Theatres back trans actors for trans roles

A group of British theatres says it will only cast transgender actors in trans roles, joining a heated debate over whether performers must mirror the sexuality or gender identity of LGBT+ characters they play on stage or screen. The ‘Trans Casting Statement‘, signed by over 40 theatres and production companies – including London’s prestigious Royal […]

Three LGBT groups compete in National Lottery Good Causes Awards

Three LGBT groups compete in National Lottery Good Causes Awards

Three LGBT organisations from Cork and Dublin are getting ready to compete in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards on Saturday 29th May. The National Lottery Good Causes Awards honour the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland who with the help of National Lottery Good Causes […]

BeLonG To: 2020 Annual Report Launch

BeLonG To: 2020 Annual Report Launch

Today, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD launched the BeLonG To 2020 Annual Report. As you will read in the report below, anxiety, isolation, and fear of family rejection increased demand for their support services by 113% in 2020. They experienced a 360% increase in individual interventions (phone, email, and text […]

France: Trans women allowed to play rugby – federation

France: Trans women allowed to play rugby – federation

(Reuters) – The French rugby federation (FFR) will allow transgender women to play women’s rugby as of next season, going against governing body, World Rugby’s guidelines, it said on Monday. Last year, World Rugby said that after months of research, it had “concluded that safety and fairness cannot presently be assured for women competing against trans […]