Tag Archive | Transphobia

Uganda: Anti-LGBT rhetoric ahead of polls

Uganda: Anti-LGBT rhetoric ahead of polls

Homophobic comments by Uganda’s president and other politicians are making some LGBT+ Ugandans too scared to vote, in elections scheduled for January 14, gay rights campaigners have said. LGBT+ people face widespread persecution in the east African nation, where gay sex is punishable by life imprisonment, and gay activists fear that politicians exploiting homophobic sentiment […]

Interview: Author Naomi Wolf Defends Trans Rights

Interview: Author Naomi Wolf Defends Trans Rights

Britain is in the grip of a “moral panic” about transgender issues, according to US author Naomi Wolf, who said she was angry that trans women were being linked with predatory men, having been a victim of rape herself. The writer, who made her name with feminist polemic, ‘The Beauty Myth’, in the early 1990s, […]

England: Nearly half of LGBT+ pupils feel unsafe at school – Survey

England: Nearly half of LGBT+ pupils feel unsafe at school – Survey

Almost half of LGBT+ pupils in England do not feel safe at school, with more than a third saying homophobic and transphobic bullying is common, a study showed on Wednesday, raising concerns about the possible impact on students’ mental health. Gay, bisexual and transgender secondary school students were twice as likely (42%) to report such […]

Egypt: Trans woman faces uphill battle against stigma

Egypt: Trans woman faces uphill battle against stigma

(Reuters) – Farida Aly spent decades performing blood tests, brain scans and personality tests before doctors issued the needed medical reports to allow her to undergo gender reassignment surgery. […] the transgender woman is one of the few in the conservative Muslim country able to confront what doctors diagnosed as gender dysphoria.

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 […]