Tag Archive | Transgender

Pakistan: Police to allow transgender recruits

Pakistan: Police to allow transgender recruits

(Reuters) – Transgender people in Pakistan’s Sindh province will be able to serve as regular duty police officers, the police chief said, adding it was time to offer more opportunities to a group relegated to menial jobs in government. After years of sometimes brutal persecution, transgender Pakistanis gained recognition in 2009, when the Supreme Court […]

Armenia: LGBT+ community still waits for change one year after revolution

Armenia: LGBT+ community still waits for change one year after revolution

When Lilit Martirosyan became the first openly transgender person to speak in the Armenian parliament earlier this month, it was hailed as a historic moment by LGBT+ campaigners, but it was also followed death threats. “I ask you to see me as a collective figure”, the transgender woman told Armenian lawmakers and activists, according to […]

US: Supreme Court takes up major LGBT+ job discrimination cases

US: Supreme Court takes up major LGBT+ job discrimination cases

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether US law banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sex protects gay and transgender workers, as the conservative-majority court waded into a fierce dispute involving a divisive social issue. At issue in the high-profile legal fight is whether gay and transgender people are covered […]

Brunei:  LGBT+ flee ahead of crackdown

Brunei: LGBT+ flee ahead of crackdown

As a transgender woman growing up in Brunei, Zoe saw the country’s slide towards conservatism from an early age, so plans to introduce strict new Islamic laws this week came as no surprise. The 19-year-old, who was born male but identified as female from early childhood, is now awaiting the outcome of her asylum application […]

Malaysia: Transgender guitarist strikes a different note

Malaysia: Transgender guitarist strikes a different note

(Reuters) – Shika Corona strums her guitar on a Kuala Lumpur stage, the crowd dancing as she launches into a chorus: “Gender doesn’t lie between your thighs!” Shika, 42, is the transgender singer and guitarist of Tingtong Ketz, a Malaysian three-piece band whose upbeat songs about queer and transgender life are unique in the strait-laced […]

Talent not testosterone powers intersex athletes, BMJ says

Talent not testosterone powers intersex athletes, BMJ says

Talent not testosterone is behind the success of intersex athletes, such as Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, scientists said on Wednesday, stepping into a toxic battle of the sexes over fairness in sport. The editorial in the British Medical Journal flies counter to those who want to ban competitors with high levels of testosterone from competing in women-only […]

Trans debate pitting LGBT+ community against itself

Trans debate pitting LGBT+ community against itself

As British politicians wrestle with Brexit, Britain’s LGBT+ community – like others around the world – is grappling with a potential split of its own. Can the coalition of allies, which traces its roots back to the early days of gay liberation in the 1960s, survive in its current form? Caught in the crossfire between […]