Transgender News & Issues

GAZE 2020: Ireland’s International LGBTQ+ Film Festival Returns!

GAZE 2020: Ireland’s International LGBTQ+ Film Festival Returns!

GAZE International Film Festival 2020 Irish Film Institute, Lighthouse Cinema, and Online: September 30 – October 4  GAZE 2020: Ireland’s International LGBTQ+ Film Festival returns with an exciting programme of in-cinema and online (at-home) experiences for the LGBTQ+ community of Ireland. For its 28th edition, GAZE International Film Festival returns this year with the newest releases in […]

Philippines: US Killer of Transwoman Deported

Philippines: US Killer of Transwoman Deported

(Reuters) – The Philippines on Sunday deported a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Southeast Asian country in 2014, after he was granted an absolute pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton left Manila’s international airport at 9:14 a.m. local time (0114 GMT) aboard an American military […]

From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, LGBT+ investment on the rise

From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, LGBT+ investment on the rise

When Michele Bettencourt stepped down as chief executive of a billion-dollar cyber-security firm, to begin her transition from male to female, she thought her career was over. Two years later, Bettencourt is not only living as a transgender woman, but she was also named chairwoman of the board of directors for an up-and-coming tech company.

Italian transgender athlete sees no unfair advantage in women’s competition

Italian transgender athlete sees no unfair advantage in women’s competition

Valentina Petrillo, set to become the first transgender Paralympian to compete in an official women’s event on Friday, has played down controversy over whether trans athletes have an unfair advantage, saying hormone therapy has battered her performance. The Italian sprinter, who competed in men’s races before transitioning in 2019, will take to the starting blocks […]

Olympic champion Caster Semenya’s 11-year battle to compete

Olympic champion Caster Semenya’s 11-year battle to compete

Caster Semenya, the South African double Olympic 800 metres champion, lost her appeal against World Athletics rules that women with high natural testosterone levels must take drugs to reduce them to compete in middle-distance races. Switzerland’s top court on Tuesday upheld a 2019 ruling by sport’s highest court, the Court of Arbitration, that the global governing […]

Oscars – new diversity standards for best picture contenders

Oscars – new diversity standards for best picture contenders

(Reuters) – The body that hands out the Academy Awards on Tuesday published detailed inclusion and diversity guidelines that filmmakers will have to meet, in order for their work to be eligible for a best picture Oscar, starting in 2024. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has been criticised for honouring few […]

Tokyo highlights LGBTQ rights before Olympics with Pride House

Tokyo highlights LGBTQ rights before Olympics with Pride House

(Reuters) – Tokyo will open Pride House, Japan’s first permanent such centre, next month, to raise awareness of LGBTQ rights, before and during the rearranged Olympic Games in 2021. Although there have been similar initiatives before previous Games, organisers said Pride House Tokyo, which will open its doors on International Coming Out Day on October […]

Philippines: President pardons US Marine in trans killing

Philippines: President pardons US Marine in trans killing

(Reuters) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday pardoned a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the country nearly six years ago, sparking condemnation from activists, who described the move as a “mockery of justice”. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was jailed in 2015 for killing Jennifer Laude near a former […]

Mexico: Transgender community in fear after second murder

Mexico: Transgender community in fear after second murder

(Reuters) – The gruesome killing on Saturday of a second transgender woman in northern Mexico has unnerved the local transgender community, and amplified calls for greater protections in the Latin American nation. The murder of Leslie Rocha in the border city of Ciudad Juarez came days after a transgender civil society group staged a protest […]

LGBT+ march against fear on German-Polish border

LGBT+ march against fear on German-Polish border

Led by drag queens in glitter suits and towering high heels, some 2,000 demonstrators marched from Poland to Germany on Saturday, in a landmark joint Pride parade to symbolically bridge the two countries’ deepening divide over LGBT+ rights. Amid fears of a possible attack by Polish nationalists, riot police lined the streets at the start […]