Politics

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 […]

US: HRC Hail Historic LGBTQ Inclusion in House Rules Package

US: HRC Hail Historic LGBTQ Inclusion in House Rules Package

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have responded to the passage of an historic US House rules package, that bans discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, for the first time ever. The package also ensures religious headgear can be worn in the House chamber. “This is an historic moment for our country”, […]

Irish Government Aims to Join Equal Rights Coalition

Irish Government Aims to Join Equal Rights Coalition

The Irish Government intends to become a member of the ERC from 2019.

India: ‘Extremely disoriented’ transgender candidate reappears after kidnapping fears

India: ‘Extremely disoriented’ transgender candidate reappears after kidnapping fears

A transgender candidate in state elections in southern India has presented herself at a police station, after her disappearance prompted fears of a kidnapping, police said on Thursday last. The candidate, Chandramukhi Muvvala, was “extremely disoriented” when she reappeared, said her campaign aid, Bittu Karthik.

Mexico: LGBT+ rights take centre stage in new Congress

Mexico: LGBT+ rights take centre stage in new Congress

A bill passed this week in Mexico’s Senate, granting same-sex couples equal social security benefits as heterosexuals, now moves to the Chamber of Deputies, where advocates expect it will be voted into law. The vote in the country’s recently sworn-in upper house was unanimous. The amendment also included motions granting gay and lesbian couples the […]

US: LGBT+ candidates make gains in mid-term elections

US: LGBT+ candidates make gains in mid-term elections

More LGBT+ candidates won in the US midterm elections than ever before – and gender or sexual orientation was less of an issue than ever before, too, experts said. Six new gay legislators joined the US House of Representatives taking the total to seven; Jared Polis became the nation’s first openly-gay governor in Colorado, and […]

Brazil: Anti-LGBT Candidate Wins Election, HRW Urges Rights Protection

Brazil: Anti-LGBT Candidate Wins Election, HRW Urges Rights Protection

Human Rights Watch to Monitor Bolsonaro’s Presidency Brazil´s judiciary and other key institutions should resist any attempt to undermine human rights, the rule of law, and democracy under Jair Bolsonaro’s government, Human Rights Watch said yesterday. Bolsonaro, a pro-torture, openly-bigoted member of Congress, won a run-off election on October 28, 2018 and will take office […]