Tag Archive | Transphobia

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 […]

Germany: Angela Merkel Protégé Criticised For Transgender Joke

Germany: Angela Merkel Protégé Criticised For Transgender Joke

(Reuters) – The leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, drew sharp criticism from her Social Democrat coalition partners on Wednesday, for poking fun at trans-gender people in a […]carnival speech. An outcry at the joke among her political foes, and some media, is the latest setback for Kramp-Karrenbauer, widely seen as the […]

Trans sportswomen hit back at Navratilova’s ‘cheating’ comments

Trans sportswomen hit back at Navratilova’s ‘cheating’ comments

Trans sportswomen hit back at Martina Navratilova, after the tennis champion said: “it’s insane and it’s cheating” for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women’s sport. “A man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, […]

India: Small firms opt out as India Inc races to be LGBT-friendly

India: Small firms opt out as India Inc races to be LGBT-friendly

Following India’s September move to scrap a colonial-era ban on gay sex, more and more corporations are opening their doors to LGBT+ people and ushering in policies to make them feel more welcome. But smaller firms across industries – textile houses, printing presses, rubber manufacturers, real estate agencies, and others – are not racing to […]

Brazil: Homophobia – Top court to decide key cases

Brazil: Homophobia – Top court to decide key cases

Brazil’s supreme court is expected to rule Wednesday on a pair of cases that could determine whether homophobia and transphobia should be considered criminal offences. The cases, brought by Brazilian rights group, ABGLT, and the Popular Socialist Party, ask the Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF) to acknowledge the “unconstitutional delay” of Brazil’s Congress in criminalizing violence […]

Church of England faces calls to withdraw trans welcome ceremonies

Church of England faces calls to withdraw trans welcome ceremonies

The Church of England is facing pressure to withdraw guidance for ceremonies welcoming transgender worshippers, following a transition, after more than 2,000 members signed a letter of protest. Clergy members were among those who signed the open letter, saying the “notion of gender transition is highly contested in wider society” and the guidance for baptism-style […]

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 […]

Rugby teams don rainbow laces to support hate-crime victim Gareth Thomas

Rugby teams don rainbow laces to support hate-crime victim Gareth Thomas

International rugby players, including New Zealand’s World Cup-winning All Blacks, have taken to the field wearing rainbow laces in a show of support for former Wales captain, Gareth Thomas, who was recently victim of a homophobic attack. Stadiums across Britain were awash with rainbow flags on Saturday, as fans also rallied behind Thomas during rights […]

BeLonG To: This is what school should be like…

BeLonG To: This is what school should be like…

“School was so accepting.”  “This is what school should be like.” These are just some of the heart-warming comments received by BeLonG To from students following last week’s Stand Up Awareness Week. Moninne Griffith of BeLonG To commented: