Transgender News & Issues

Poland: Judge’s tweet on trans child stirs outrage

Poland: Judge’s tweet on trans child stirs outrage

(Reuters) – A senior Polish judge put a transgender child in danger by tweeting about her, and a complaint will likely be filed with prosecutors, an opposition politician said on Thursday regarding the incident ,which has outraged liberal Poles. Gender and LGBT rights have become central flash-points in a wider culture war unfolding in Poland, […]

Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics

Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics

As sports fans count down to the start of the Tokyo Olympics in July, the eyes of LGBT+ activists are firmly focused on Japan’s parliament, with the goal of using the global spotlight to end discrimination against gay, bisexual, and transgender people. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to […]

Arkansas: Legislators override transban veto

Arkansas: Legislators override transban veto

  (Reuters) – Arkansas on Tuesday became the first US state to ban certain types of treatment for transgender youth, overriding a veto by Governor Asa Hutchinson, and inviting lawsuits from civil rights groups that have vowed to stop it. The law threatens any healthcare professional, who provides puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, or gender-affirming surgery […]

Arkansas governor vetoes trans ban bill

Arkansas governor vetoes trans ban bill

(Reuters) – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Monday vetoed a bill that would have made the state the first in the country to prevent doctors from providing certain types of care to transgender youth. But his veto could be overridden by a simple majority vote in the Arkansas Senate and House, which passed the bill […]

UK: Court rules in favour of parental consent in trans case

UK: Court rules in favour of parental consent in trans case

Britain’s High Court ruled on Friday that parents will be allowed to give consent for their children to take puberty-delaying drugs during gender identity treatment without having to gain a judge’s approval.

UK: 2021 census – binary ‘male or female’ question is controversial

UK: 2021 census – binary ‘male or female’ question is controversial

For Oscar Davies, a barrister who identifies as non-binary – neither male nor female – responding to Britain’s census questionnaire was an unsettling experience. As millions of Britons filled in their forms for the once-a-decade census, Davies said the choice of just two possible answers to the question: “What is your sex?” excluded non-binary people […]

EU sanctions Russians over Chechen LGBT abuses

EU sanctions Russians over Chechen LGBT abuses

(Reuters) – The European Union imposed sanctions on Monday on two Russians, accused of persecuting gay and lesbian people, in the southern Russian region of Chechnya, the bloc’s toughest response to attacks on Russian citizens because of their sexuality. Russian authorities in the autonomous region deny what human rights groups, media and filmmakers have described […]

Pakistan: Transgender Islamic school breaks barriers

Pakistan: Transgender Islamic school breaks barriers

(Reuters) – A long white shawl on her head, Rani Khan gives daily Koran lessons at Pakistan’s first transgender-only madrasa, or Islamic religious school, which she set up herself using her life savings. The madrasa is an important milestone for the LGBTQ community, in the overwhelmingly fundamental Muslim country, where transgender people face ostracism, even […]

OPINION: Hate speech forcing LGBT+ people back into closet

OPINION: Hate speech forcing LGBT+ people back into closet

Raise your hand if you are on social media. And you have never been harassed. Or no one has ever had a go at you for just expressing your opinion. Or you have never thought that you needed to take a break from such a toxic environment. Chances are that not many hands are still […]

US: Senators argue over LGBT+ equality bill

US: Senators argue over LGBT+ equality bill

Leading US Republican Senator, Ted Cruz, on Wednesday said sweeping legislation that would bar discrimination against LGBT+ people, was “none of the government’s business”, underscoring the unlikelihood that the bill will pass into law. Lawmakers clashed over the bill, known as the Equality Act, which would expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect LGBT+ […]