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Honduras: Transgender murders stoke fears of backlash against LGBT+ rights

Honduras: Transgender murders stoke fears of backlash against LGBT+ rights

The murder of three transgender women in Honduras this month has raised fears that a push for LGBT+ rights in the country has prompted a backlash. Bessy Ferrera, a 40-year-old LGBT+ rights activist, was gunned down by unknown assailants early on July 8, in the capital Tegucigalpa. Santi Carvajal, a trans TV show host, was […]

Opinion: The WHO says I don’t have a mental disorder, but in Japan government says I do

Opinion: The WHO says I don’t have a mental disorder, but in Japan government says I do

By Fumino Sugiyama, Tokyo Rainbow Pride On Monday, the World Health Assembly voted to approve the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a global manual of diagnostic codes for doctors. Among other changes, this version of the ICD removes the diagnosis of “Gender Identity Disorder (GID)”, meaning transgender people like me are […]

Brunei: Governments urged to keep pressure on after LGBT death penalty halt

Brunei: Governments urged to keep pressure on after LGBT death penalty halt

Diplomatic pressure on Brunei should not be eased until anti-LGBT+ laws are completely repealed, human rights advocates said on Monday, dismissing the Southeast Asian country’s move to extend a moratorium on the death penalty. Brunei sparked a global outcry when it rolled out its interpretation of Islamic laws, or sharia, on April 3, allowing whipping […]

US: Retired military chiefs fight Trump trans ban

US: Retired military chiefs fight Trump trans ban

Four senior retired US military officers on Tuesday blasted a legal ruling backing President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the armed forces as “wrong”, ahead of a key decision from the country’s top court on Friday. The officers said a ruling last week, by a Washington appeals court in favour of a […]

Indonesian city plans to fine residents for “LGBT behaviour”

Indonesian city plans to fine residents for “LGBT behaviour”

(Reuters) – An Indonesian city has approved a bye-law to fine gay or transgender people up to 1 million rupiah [€61.55] ($70) for behaviour that could “disturb public order” or be considered immoral, the city’s deputy mayor said on Friday. The regulation is the latest example of a rise in government and public hostility towards […]

Indonesia: Fresh Wave of Anti-LGBT Rhetoric, Arrests

Indonesia: Fresh Wave of Anti-LGBT Rhetoric, Arrests

Indonesian officials should uphold the rights of LGBT people in the face of renewed anti-LGBT statements and discriminatory policy proposals, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Governor Ridwan Kamil of West Java province. Throughout October 2018, government officials in various regencies of West Java province have publicly called for policies that would target […]

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 […]