Transgender News & Issues

‘Sexist’ virtual assistants go gender-neutral

‘Sexist’ virtual assistants go gender-neutral

Barking orders at a digital device that responds in a woman’s voice can reinforce sexist stereotypes, according to academics and creatives, who launched the first gender-neutral artificial intelligence voice on Monday. Responding to such concerns, a Denmark-based team has created a voice nicknamed Q, that was presented at the South by Southwest (SXSW) creative festival […]

Malaysia: Uproar over LGBT groups at Int Women’s Day march

Malaysia: Uproar over LGBT groups at Int Women’s Day march

(Reuters) – A Malaysian minister has decried the presence of LGBT groups at a march celebrating International Women’s Day on Saturday, calling it “a misuse of democratic space”. The statement comes amid concerns over growing persecution of the LGBT community in the Muslim-majority country […]. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in September last year that […]

Thailand: ‘I’m ready’, says first transgender candidate for Thai PM

Thailand: ‘I’m ready’, says first transgender candidate for Thai PM

Pauline Ngarmpring thought she would take it slow as she began her new life as a transgender woman after transitioning at the age of 49. Instead, three years on, she is a candidate for Thai prime minister – the country’s first transgender candidate for the post – and her days and nights are filled with […]

Germany: Angela Merkel Protégé Criticised For Transgender Joke

Germany: Angela Merkel Protégé Criticised For Transgender Joke

(Reuters) – The leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, drew sharp criticism from her Social Democrat coalition partners on Wednesday, for poking fun at trans-gender people in a […]carnival speech. An outcry at the joke among her political foes, and some media, is the latest setback for Kramp-Karrenbauer, widely seen as the […]

US: Some 4.5 percent of US adults identify as LGBT – study

US: Some 4.5 percent of US adults identify as LGBT – study

(Reuters) – An estimated 4.5 percent of US adults identify as LGBT, and they tend to be younger and poorer than the population at large, according to an analysis of polling data released on Tuesday. The Williams Institute at the at the UCLA School of Law examined previously released results from the Gallup Daily Tracking […]

UK: Female Olympians argue against ‘unfair’ trans women athletes

UK: Female Olympians argue against ‘unfair’ trans women athletes

British female Olympians lined up to criticise the inclusion of transgender women in women’s sport on Tuesday, as debate rages over whether male-to-female athletes retain unfair physical advantages after taking cross-sex hormones. The row over who should compete in women’s sport exploded in October, when Rachel McKinnon became the first trans woman to win a […]

BeLonG To: shOUT It From The Rooftops!

BeLonG To: shOUT It From The Rooftops!

When BeLonG To first opened their doors, young LGBTI+ people travelled for as long as 3 hours to attend youth groups and access support. Their National Network was set up to provide nationwide support for young LGBTI+ people closer to home. They now work in partnership with Youth Work Ireland, Foróige, and several community groups […]