Transgender News & Issues

US: Beth Robinson to become first openly gay female circuit judge

US: Beth Robinson to become first openly gay female circuit judge

(Reuters) – The Biden administration’s nomination of Myrna Pérez, to serve on the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, advanced on Thursday to the full US Senate, over Republican objections to her voting-rights advocacy. The Senate Judiciary Committee recommended Pérez’s nomination in a 12-10 largely party-line vote.

Ghana: Court drops case against 21 LGBT+ activists

Ghana: Court drops case against 21 LGBT+ activists

(Reuters) – A court in Ghana dismissed a case against 21 Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) activists on Thursday, ruling there was not enough evidence to prove they had gathered unlawfully, a prosecutor in the case said. “What this means is that they cannot be brought back to court on the same charges. So […]

Ghana: LGBT+ bill would threaten progress on HIV/AIDS

Ghana: LGBT+ bill would threaten progress on HIV/AIDS

A proposal to criminalise LGBT+ people in Ghana is “a gross violation” of human rights, and could set back a decade of progress fighting HIV/AIDS in the West African nation, according to the United Nations. The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021, received a first reading in parliament on […]

Ukraine: LGBT+ activists attacked online and in the street

Ukraine: LGBT+ activists attacked online and in the street

For days, death threats and homophobic insults have been pouring into Sofiia Lapina’s messaging inbox – a constant reminder of the hatred she often encounters as an LGBT+ rights activist in Ukraine. Members of a far-right channel on the Telegram messaging app published Lapina’s phone number last month, and – following a series of recent […]

NZ’s Hubbard is first openly trans Olympian but exits early

NZ’s Hubbard is first openly trans Olympian but exits early

(Reuters) – New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard made history on Monday, by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete at an Olympic Games, but she suffered disappointment with an early exit from the women’s +87 kg final, after three ‘no lifts’ in the snatch. At 43, Hubbard was the oldest competitor in the weightlifting in […]

Miss South Africa’s first trans contestant fights for community

Miss South Africa’s first trans contestant fights for community

(Reuters) – The first transgender contestant in South Africa’s national beauty pageant, 24-year-old Lehlogonolo Machaba, hopes she will inspire greater acceptance of the LGBTQI community. Machaba, a fashion model, is competing for the Miss South Africa title, which opened to transgender contestants in 2019.

New Zealand: Bill to outlaw LGBT conversion therapy

New Zealand: Bill to outlaw LGBT conversion therapy

(Reuters) – New Zealand introduced on Friday legislation that proposes up to five years in prison for practices intended to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, known as LGBT conversion therapy. The proposed measures were aimed at ending such practices, which do not work, are widely discredited, and cause harm, Justice […]

Ghana: Trans musician fights homophobia with song

Ghana: Trans musician fights homophobia with song

Ghana’s first openly transgender musician has released a song to boost the morale of the West African nation’s LGBT+ community, as it faces a crackdown by authorities, and a rise in homophobic persecution. Hiplife and Afropop artist, Angel Maxine, said she wrote “Wo Fie”, meaning “Your Home” in the Twi language, to comfort LGBT+ Ghanaians, […]

US: Trans rights divide political rivals

US: Trans rights divide political rivals

Americans are deeply divided over transgender rights, data released on Tuesday showed, with experts accusing politicians of exploiting clear differences along party lines, to foment a culture war over the issue in recent years. Seven Republican U.S. states have barred trans competitors from girls’ school sports, since Democrat President Joe Biden expressed support for trans […]

Georgia: LGBT+ community live in fear after violence

Georgia: LGBT+ community live in fear after violence

Nino, a 25-year-old lesbian from Georgia, no longer feels at ease when she leaves the house. Since violence forced a Pride march to be cancelled earlier this month, she is afraid of being verbally abused or chased in the street. Reports of hate crimes have risen in the wake of the violence of July 5, […]