Transgender News & Issues

Nepal: First trans finalist in beauty pageant

Nepal: First trans finalist in beauty pageant

Nepal’s first trans finalist in beauty pageant hopes to showcase diversity When Angel Lama sashayed down the catwalk in the Miss Universe Nepal finals [this week], she will have made history as the first transgender woman to be a finalist in the Himalayan nation’s most glamorous annual event. Nepal ranks among fewer than a dozen […]

OPINION: All schools must teach LGBT+ acceptance

OPINION: All schools must teach LGBT+ acceptance

It is alarming how many LGBT+ students are bullied at school. Globally, four out of 10 LGBT+ youth say they have been “ridiculed, teased, insulted or threatened at school” because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, primarily by their peers, according to UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report. In many Arab countries, and also in sub-Saharan Africa, the report […]

10 top LGBT+ stories in 2020

10 top LGBT+ stories in 2020

Coronavirus dominated news around the world in 2020, creating particular challenges for the LGBT+ community in terms of mental health, access to HIV medication, and scapegoating by religious groups seeking to apportion blame for the virus. The year provided the backdrop for both victories and setbacks for LGBT+ people, with the lifting of gay sex […]

UK: Trans clinic appeals puberty blockers judgment

UK: Trans clinic appeals puberty blockers judgment

England’s only youth gender clinic said on Tuesday it had sought leave to appeal a court ruling that has stopped its doctors from being able to prescribe puberty-blocking drugs to under-16s, without a judge’s approval. The Tavistock clinic had been expected to challenge the December 1 High Court ruling, which said under-16s were unlikely to […]

US: Court overturns Ohio ban on trans birth cert changes

US: Court overturns Ohio ban on trans birth cert changes

A US federal court overturned a Ohio state ban on Wednesday, that prevented transgender people from changing the sex designation on their birth certificates, in a victory for LGBT+ advocates, who said the law led to discrimination and harassment. The decision found that the ban, implemented by the Midwestern state in 2016, was unconstitutional.

Romania: Top court overturns ban on gender identity studies

Romania: Top court overturns ban on gender identity studies

(Reuters) – Romania’s Constitutional Court overturned on Wednesday a blanket ban on gender identity studies, voted through by lawmakers, and which rights groups and universities said would infringe on human rights and fuel discrimination. Parliament passed the amendment to the education law earlier this year, pushing Romania’s sexual politics closer to the conservative stances of […]

Hungary redefines family, limits gay adoption

Hungary redefines family, limits gay adoption

(Reuters) – Hungary amended the definition of family in its constitution Tuesday, to allow an effective ban on adoption by same-sex couples, another win for the ruling conservatives, but decried by one pro-LGBTQ group as “a dark day for human rights”. The nationalist Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has worked to recast Hungary […]

India’s first LGBT+ work equality index – 2 local firms win gold

India’s first LGBT+ work equality index – 2 local firms win gold

Two Indian firms, the Godrej Group and Hindustan Unilever, were named top employers for LGBT+ people on Thursday, in the country’s first workplace equality index, launched two years after it decriminalised [homosexuality]. The other 19 gold award winners – with LGBT+ inclusive policies, such as gender neutral bathrooms, and health insurance for same-sex partners – […]

US: Supreme Court Upholds Trans Students School Policy

US: Supreme Court Upholds Trans Students School Policy

(Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Monday preserved an Oregon public school district’s policy of accommodating transgender students, rejecting an appeal [which challenged] a policy that let students use bathrooms, and locker rooms, that correspond to their gender identity. The justices left in place a lower court ruling that threw out a lawsuit against […]

‘Juno’ actor Page comes out as transgender, changes name to Elliot

‘Juno’ actor Page comes out as transgender, changes name to Elliot

(Reuters) – The Oscar-nominated star of ‘Juno” and ‘The Umbrella Academy’, on Tuesday said he was a transgender person, and had changed his first name to Elliot. “I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self,” Page wrote on Instagram. “I love that […]