Transgender News & Issues

US: Court blocks ban on trans people changing sex on birth certs

US: Court blocks ban on trans people changing sex on birth certs

A federal court in the US state of Idaho has overturned a state-wide ban that stopped transgender people from changing the sex on their birth certificates to match their gender identity. Idaho Governor, Brad Little, looked set to face a legal battle, after he signed into law two controversial bills in March regarding the trans […]

New Zealand adds gender-neutral title for voters ahead of polls

New Zealand adds gender-neutral title for voters ahead of polls

New Zealand authorities have added the gender neutral title Mx for voters who do not identify as male or female, seeking to boost LGBT+ participation in next month’s election. Nearly 1,000 people have chosen the gender neutral title since ‘Mx’ was added to voter sign-up forms alongside the existing Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms and ‘other’, […]

Video: ‘I’m Fighting Trump’s Transgender Military Ban’

Video: ‘I’m Fighting Trump’s Transgender Military Ban’

Nic Talbott is fighting to overturn President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people enlisting in the United States military Nic Talbott has dreamt of enlisting in the US Army since he was young, but in July 2017, the Trump administration banned transgender people serving openly. This is how he’s fighting back.

El Salvador: Police sentenced in first trans murder conviction

El Salvador: Police sentenced in first trans murder conviction

A court in El Salvador has sentenced three police officers to 20-year prison sentences, for the murder of a transgender woman, the nation’s first convictions in a homicide case involving a trans victim. The verdict was a welcome development in the conservative Central American country, where gay and trans people face rampant discrimination and abuse, […]

Reissue Of Eleven-Year-Old Trans Story Using Original Pronouns

Reissue Of Eleven-Year-Old Trans Story Using Original Pronouns

Icon Empire Press will be reissuing the short story created by Canadian author, Robert Joseph Greene, entitled ‘Halo’s Golden Circle’ using the original pronouns. The fictional story tells of the halo which is used in the iconography of many religions to indicate holy or sacred figures. The story was written as if it’s the missing […]

IGR: Trans and non-binary athletes always welcome to play rugby

IGR: Trans and non-binary athletes always welcome to play rugby

International Gay Rugby (IGR) directly addresses the transgender and non-binary rugby-playing community with the message – ‘You will always be welcome to play rugby’ – following reports that on-going work to update World Rugby guidelines would exclude transgender women from the game. Following a meeting of stakeholders from across the sporting world in February 2020, […]

US: Rule would allow shelters to turn away trans homeless people

US: Rule would allow shelters to turn away trans homeless people

The US government proposed a rule on Friday last that would let homeless shelters deny access to transgender people based on their gender identity, a proposal that rights supporters said marks an “unconscionable” setback for trans acceptance. The rule would apply to federally funded, single-sex shelters, and is intended to better protect homeless women while […]

Polish ‘LGBT-free’ town weighs risk of losing EU funds

Polish ‘LGBT-free’ town weighs risk of losing EU funds

(Reuters) – Surrounded by fields of roses and lavender, in tranquil eastern Poland, some residents of the village of Konskowola feel the European Union may be trying to blackmail them. Like about a hundred other municipalities across rural Poland, the local council has declared Konskowola to be free of ‘LGBT ideology’, reflecting a backlash against […]

Sudan removes death penalty in anti-gay law

Sudan removes death penalty in anti-gay law

Sudan’s decision to lift the death penalty and flogging as punishment for [homosexuality] was hailed by LGBT+ activists on Thursday as a promising sign, after almost four decades of Islamist rule, with calls for prison sentences to be abolished as well. Others criticised the relaxation of the law in conservative Sudan, where a transitional government […]

US: Number of LGBT+ elected officials hits new high

US: Number of LGBT+ elected officials hits new high

The number of openly LGBT+ elected officials in the United States grew by more than a fifth in the past year, according to a survey published on Thursday, with a record high of some 840 gay, lesbian, bi and trans people in office across the country. The report, from the LGBTQ Victory Institute, comes as […]