Tag Archive | Transphobia

Italy: Demos planned as LGBT+ hate crime law is considered again

Italy: Demos planned as LGBT+ hate crime law is considered again

When Marlon Landolfo kissed his date on a night out, onlookers started heckling, a fight broke out, and his friend ended up in hospital – the latest in a series of anti-gay attacks in Italy, where plans to combat homophobic violence are hotly contested. “They hurled insults at us,” said Landolfo, 22, describing how he […]

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 […]

India: New transgender council to tackle COVID-19 and Discrimination

India: New transgender council to tackle COVID-19 and Discrimination

Discrimination, housing and the impact of COVID-19 are among the top priorities for India’s new National Council for Transgender Persons, two trans members said on Tuesday. India is seen as a global leader for its efforts to improve the lives of an estimated 2 million trans people, who face prejudice in the largely conservative country, […]

Mexico: Deadliest year for LGBT+ people in five years

Mexico: Deadliest year for LGBT+ people in five years

Mexico is seeing a surge of extreme violence toward LGBT+ people, in its deadliest year in half a decade, a leading rights group said on Friday, citing cases of victims brutally stabbed and brazenly killed in public. In 2019, 117 LGBT people were killed in Mexico, up almost a third compared with 2018, and the […]

BeLonG To: Research reveals 73% of LGBTI+ students feel unsafe at school

BeLonG To: Research reveals 73% of LGBTI+ students feel unsafe at school

National school survey shows LGBTI+ students experience physical and sexual assault, harassment and abuse at school. BeLonG To Youth Services calls on the Minister of Education, Joe McHugh TD, and second-level schools to take urgent action, following the shocking results of the 2019 School Climate Survey. The research was released today to mark the 10th […]

US: Barred, bullied, depressed – life for many trans students

US: Barred, bullied, depressed – life for many trans students

Barred from the bathroom, harassed on campus and suspended from school, transgender students report a host of problems at US colleges. They also run a higher risk of suicide, according to research released on Friday. A study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine said trans students were more than four times as likely as […]

Brazil:  Top court rules to make homophobia a crime

Brazil: Top court rules to make homophobia a crime

A majority of judges in Brazil’s top court has voted to criminalise homophobia, in a move welcomed by campaigners concerned about a rollback in gay rights, and the murder of hundreds of LGBT+ people every year. Six of 11 of Brazil’s Supreme Court judges late Thursday agreed that acts of homophobia and transphobia should be […]

Brazil: Trans women helping trafficking victims

Brazil: Trans women helping trafficking victims

When Valeria Rodrigues accompanies Brazilian police on dawn raids to rescue transgender women trafficked into prostitution, she goes armed with snacks – chocolate, bread, pieces of fruit. The 39-year-old transgender woman knows that the victims they find will be tired and hungry after a night on the streets. She also speaks their language, Pajuba, a […]

NI: ‘New culture war’ – LGBT+ community fights for gay marriage

NI: ‘New culture war’ – LGBT+ community fights for gay marriage

Hidden away up several flights of stairs in the centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland, teenagers, many of them with shocks of red, blue and rainbow hair, relaxed and joked with one another. At the LGBT+ youth group, run by charity Cara-Friend, they felt themselves to be among friends, free to be themselves. But outside, the […]

Opinion: Homophobia in Britain’s schools must be eradicated

Opinion: Homophobia in Britain’s schools must be eradicated

By Steve Wardlaw Hatred and homophobia start small. It’s someone’s careless remark, or a nodded conversation between two people at a bus stop that’s overheard. But experience breeds normalisation and tolerance of those views, creating fertile ground for intolerance and phobia to grow and spread. Does this sound far-fetched? Perhaps. But there have been studies […]