Transgender News & Issues

Latest Rainbow Europe Report: LGBT+ community in Ireland still do not have equal rights

Latest Rainbow Europe Report: LGBT+ community in Ireland still do not have equal rights

Ireland has been ranked 17th out of 49 European countries, in the annual Rainbow Europe report on LGBT+ people’s human rights.  European election candidate, Dominic Hannigan, highlighted the ranking yesterday (16th May), saying Ireland still has “some way to go before LGBT+ people enjoy equal rights”. The Rainbow Europe report was published this week, and gives […]

Intersex Austrian becomes first to get third-sex identity documents

Intersex Austrian becomes first to get third-sex identity documents

The first Austrian to gain official documents with a third option beyond male or female on Wednesday hailed the move as recognition for those who do not identify as either. “(For) the first time in my life, I feel seen by the law,” said Alex Juergen, who is intersex, a term for people who are […]

Brazil: Trans women helping trafficking victims

Brazil: Trans women helping trafficking victims

When Valeria Rodrigues accompanies Brazilian police on dawn raids to rescue transgender women trafficked into prostitution, she goes armed with snacks – chocolate, bread, pieces of fruit. The 39-year-old transgender woman knows that the victims they find will be tired and hungry after a night on the streets. She also speaks their language, Pajuba, a […]

UK: New lobby group calls for change to police rules over trans comments

UK: New lobby group calls for change to police rules over trans comments

A comedian, and a former policeman, reprimanded by the police for making public comments on transgender issues, have backed a new lobby group set up to push for police guidelines to be changed. Fair Cop, launched this week, argued that British police are misusing hate crime laws to “harass” those who question whether trans women […]

Hong Kong: Transgender pastor pushes for same-sex marriage in court

Hong Kong: Transgender pastor pushes for same-sex marriage in court

A transgender pastor who has gone to court in Hong Kong, to win the right to marry same-sex couples, said on Wednesday that he conducts such weddings in secret because of the risk of arrest. Marrz Balaoro was arrested in 2017 for holding ceremonies in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight (LGBTS) Christian Church, […]

BeLonG To: Sharing the Learning – Strategic Plan 2019-2021

BeLonG To: Sharing the Learning – Strategic Plan 2019-2021

“When you support BeLonG To, you support the lost kid who isn’t ready to talk to their parents, but needs someone to listen”. These were the words of Jay Pope, who spoke about his experience growing up trans at the launch of ‘Sharing the Learning’ BeLonG To’s Strategic Plan 2019-2021 and Annual Report 2018. Read the Strategic Plan HERE […]

16th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival (2019) Has Kicked Off!

16th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival (2019) Has Kicked Off!

The 16th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival has kicked off. Officially! Book your tickets now, and see matinee shows (Saturday at 2.30pm and 4.00pm) at a discounted price!