Transgender News & Issues

US: AG Sessions Becomes Tongue-Tied on License to Discriminate

US: AG Sessions Becomes Tongue-Tied on License to Discriminate

Yesterday (18th) the US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, failed to answer questions about recent attacks on the LGBTQ community coming from the Department of Justice (DOJ). During a DOJ oversight hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, several Senators addressed recent policies and memos issued by the DOJ including the sweeping “license to discriminate” order. Sessions […]

Australia: AFL blocks transgender footballer from AFLW Draft

Australia: AFL blocks transgender footballer from AFLW Draft

THE AFL (Australian-rules Football League) has blocked transgender footballer, Hannah Mouncey, from entering this year’s NAB AFL Women’s Draft, according to Marc McGowan of the AFL newsite, AFL.com.au. Mr McGowan writes that a subcommittee was formed to rule on Hannah’s eligibility, and its decision was based on analysis of transgender strength, stamina and physique, as […]

Indonesia: Draft Bill With Anti-‘LGBT On TV’ Legislation

Indonesia: Draft Bill With Anti-‘LGBT On TV’ Legislation

Indonesia’s parliament is considering national legislation that would ban lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender content from TV screens by the end of the year. The Draft Bill would ban LGBT content and ads, and comes amid police raids on ‘gay spas’. The UN has condemned gay raids in Indonesia, and Egypt, and the bill is not […]

UNHCHR: Alleged Detention Of LGBT People In Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia Should Be Investigated And Perpetrators Punished

UNHCHR: Alleged Detention Of LGBT People In Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia Should Be Investigated And Perpetrators Punished

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,  Rupert Colville, gave a press briefing yesterday, 13th October, in Geneva, stating that allegations of detention of LGBT people in Azerbaijan, Egypt, and Indonesia should be investigated, and the perpetrators punished. Mr Colville stated: “We are deeply concerned by a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt […]

US: Legislation Introduced To Protect Transgender Service Members

US: Legislation Introduced To Protect Transgender Service Members

Yesterday (13th October) saw the U.S. House of Representatives introduce bipartisan legislation to protect currently-serving transgender service members from being discharged due to President Trump’s transgender military ban. The legislation was introduced by Representatives, Jackie Speier (D-CA), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Susan Davis (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Adam Smith (D-WA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). “Transgender troops serve […]

Greece passes transgender law opposed by Orthodox Church

Greece passes transgender law opposed by Orthodox Church

The Greek parliament passed a law yesterday (Tuesday 10 October) making it easier for people to change their legally-recognised gender, a move that angered the Church, but was welcomed as long-overdue by human rights groups. The law will allow people to change their gender on official documents with a court ruling, and without requiring medical […]

Pakistan: Transgender People Feel Sidelined By Census

Pakistan: Transgender People Feel Sidelined By Census

When Pakistani census officials came to the home of Aisha, a 27-year-old transgender woman in Lahore, she was marked down on their documents as a man. “I live with my parents and when the officials came to my home I was not there,” she said. “My parents marked me as a male as they have […]