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March 16, 2014

Hong Kong recognizes the first non-op trans woman, while Taiwan and India look set for important changes

It has been a week of changes for transgender individuals.

In Hong Kong, a 25-year-old pharmacology scholar from Colombia has become the first non-operative trans person to change the legal gender in the city.

With the help of the UN Refugee Agency, Eliana Rubashkyn secured a gender-free temporary permit from the HK Immigration Department and permission from a hospital to be admitted to the female ward, reports Apple Daily.

February 28, 2014

LGTBI activist Sarah Gibson explains why the International Olympic Committee must reconsider its views on transgender and intersex athletes

Much to the dismay of Russia, the Sochi games will not be remembered for its extravagant spending but for the opposition to Russia’s continuing human rights abuses against LGBTI people. 

In the run up to the games, principle 6 of the Olympic Charter has been widely quoted.

It reads: 'Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement'.

February 20, 2014

As the social networking giant introduces 56 new gender options, activist Sarah Gibson explains why it needs to go further

I have to admit that I rather enjoy using Facebook and like a lot of people I probably spend far too much time connected to what is the centre of my virtual presence.

Therefore I wholeheartedly welcome Facebook’s latest move to provide more gender options for you to pick from, but with the vast amount of praise being heaped upon Facebook for this, you might be mislead into believing that the social networking site is now a haven for people of all gender identities. 

February 18, 2014

Transgender activist Diane Rodriguez is taking the Ecuadorian Government to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for refusing to allow her to change her gender on her identity papers without undergoing surgery

The first transgender woman in Ecuador to legally change her name will now take her court battle to have her identity documents also reflect her new gender to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Diane Rodriguez has been battling for five years to have her identity documents changed from saying she is male to female and is the founder of LGBTI rights group the X Silhouette Association.

February 13, 2014

Social network site users can now choose up to ten different gender definitions to describe themselves including intersex and transgender

Social networking giant Facebook announced today that users are no longer limited to identifying themselves in their profiles as male or female.

The company is now offering an extensive list of gender identities that many people use to describe themselves including cisgender, transgender and intersex.

January 31, 2014

Respect After Death Act calls for authentic gender identity to be reflected on death certificates

California Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins introduced a bill on Thursday (30 January) that would ensure the authentic gender identity of a transgender person be reflected on their death certificate.

If passed into law, the Respect After Death Act would require that the authority responsible for completing the transgender person's death certificate adhere to documentation of their gender identity such as an updated birth certificate or driver's license.

January 14, 2014

Transgender Dysphoria Blues is Against Me!'s new album, the first record since singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity

US punk band Against Me! have unleashed their first album since lead singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity.

Their sixth album Transgender Dysphoria Blues will reveal Grace's struggles to come out, with song titles such as True Trans Soul Rebel.

In the May 2012 Rolling Stone interview, Grace spoke about her transition from male to female and experiencing gender dysphoria as a child.

January 13, 2014

 Garden State Equality leader tells Gay Star News: 'It was very vindictive'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender residents of that state to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match the gender they identify as.

Because of the veto, transgender citizens will still be required to have undergone surgical procedures in order to obtain the accurate birth certificate.

LGBTI activists in the state are furious.

December 9, 2013

Transgender and intersex individuals will have much freer choice

Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has decided to allow people to change their legal gender without transitioning.

After a heated 3-hour debate today (Dec 9), the ministry concludes that individuals intending to change their legal gender need not go through any medical procedures, including psychiatric evaluation.

November 12, 2013

A third gender will recognize hijra, often seen as similar to trans or intersex people, in all official government documents

Bangladesh will be officially recognizing hijra as a separate gender.

Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina announced the third possible gender identity at a cabinet meeting last night (11 November).

Hijra come under the umbrella of trans identity, but are more similar to intersex individuals.

The majority have a physiologically male body but they have a female identity. They may have also taken further surgical steps to feminize themselves.

But most importantly, they do not consider themselves women or gay.

October 31, 2013

Yanel Valenzuela had asked employee for workout tips for trans women

Yanel Valenzuela had been using the women's locker room at her local LA Fitness club without incident.

But that changed when the staff at the club in Montclair, California, found out she is a transgender woman.

Valenzuela asked an employee for workout tips and said she is a transgender. The employee immediately alerted the manager who told Valenzuela that she would no longer be allowed to use the women's locker roon.

The manager did not change positions even after Valenzuela showed her ID and a letter from her doctor which stated that she is a woman.

October 30, 2013

Chrisie Edkins had campaigned for transgender rights and performed at LGBTI pride events around the world

A transgender singer and parent who campaigned worldwide for trans equality was found hanged after struggling to decide whether to go through surgery.

A coroner heard today (30 October) how Chrisie Edkins was found dead, hanging for the hatch of a loft at her home, by her girlfriend.

Musician Chrisie Edkins had performed live at gay pride events around the globe.

The glamorous 33-year-old had been suffering from ‘severe depression’ in the months leading up to the tragedy. She had also taken a pill overdose just days before she died.

October 28, 2013

An Australian inquiry into the sterilization of intersex people in infancy to make them conform to the gender binary has recommended that such efforts be delayed until they are of an age to give informed consent

An Australian Parliament committee has recommended that intersex people not be forced into being surgically assigned a gender and that they should be left to make any decision about that until they are old enough to give informed consent.

Intersex people are those who are born with variations in physical sex characteristics, such as anatomy or chromosomes and traditionally most were surgically assigned a gender in infancy before they could consent or express a sex preference.

October 14, 2013

David Kupelian, an editor with the gay obsessed far right website WND, has compared transgender people to anorexic girls and children subjected to terrorist indoctrination in attacking psychiatry and LGBT rights

Far right US author David Kupelian has compared transgender people’s wish to change their gender to anorexic girls being unhappy with their bodies and has suggested that they have been indoctrinated to want to be a different gender like a child who has been indoctrinated to become a terrorist.

Kupelian made the comments in a column for WND, a far right American news website who’s editors are negatively obsessed with LGBT rights issues, entitled ‘Amputating healthy organs the New Normal.’

October 5, 2013

Domaine Javier was the focus of a 2011 documentary and will be taking the college to court

A student in California was banned from a Christian college after administrators revoked her application because she is transgender.

Domaine Javier was hoping to study nursing at the California Baptist University in Riverside, where she was initially accepted onto the course with honours.

However, when college officials discovered her transgender history, her application was revoked, citing 'committing or attempting to engage in fraud, or concealing identity' because she had marked her gender as 'female'.

College officials have also banned her from campus grounds for this reason.

September 28, 2013

Go Shindo conquers bullying, alcoholism and suicidal thoughts to come out

In May, 26-year-old Go Shindo, often likened to comic strip sailor Popeye’s girl Olive because of her scrawniness, became the world women’s boxing flyweight champion, thrashing defending champion Renata Szebeledi of Hungary.

However, that knockout was only part of Shindo’s battles.

After the victory, the 26-year-old remained seriously perturbed, wondering if she should continue to remain in women’s boxing since she felt like a man.

September 26, 2013

As the new April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady exhibition opens at the Museum of Liverpool, Stephen Whittle looks at the life of a transgender person who changed Britain

A new exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool demonstrates, through the story of one life, how much our society has really changed in the last 60 years.

In 1950, when 15 year old George Jamieson ran away from the poverty of a Liverpool Council House estate to sea, the city, like the rest of the UK, was a place in which boys grew up to be real men, and girls grew up to be housewives.

George, who at school was an endlessly bullied sissy boy, had enough guts to sign up for the Merchant Navy where he spent two years seeking the way to become a real man.

September 23, 2013

The National Organization for Marriage has announced it will campaign to end California’s AB 1266 law which allows transgender children to use the bathrooms and change rooms of their preferred gender and play on the sports teams of their choice

The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) group that put same-sex marriage on the ballot in California in 2008 is now seeking to do the same to California’s AB 1266 law which allows transgender teens access to the facilities of their choice and to play on the sports teams of their choice.

NOM are hoping to gather 504,760 voter signatures against AB 1266, which would be enough to place its repeal on the November 2014 ballot, and would suspend the law until Californians can vote on it.

September 6, 2013

British band is getting ready to release their sixth studio album Tales Of Us

While Goldfrapp may be known for electro pop, glam and glitter, the band has always been artists.

The British duo have unveiled a must watch video exploring gender identity, with them describing it as ‘our little film about a girl trapped inside the body of a boy.’

Thoughtful, tender and intimate, ‘Annabel’ centers around a young child living in the countryside dreaming, drawing of a female figure.

The mother, played by Alison Goldfrapp, comes to accept the child for who she wants to be. When that happens, the child experiences euphoria.

September 2, 2013

Cambridge University has just rewritten their ancient rules on graduation dress. Uni trans rep Sarah Gibson explains why it's a step in the right direction

Starting in the coming academic year Cambridge University has relaxed its regulations for the dress code of graduating students following a campaign by CUSU LGBT+.

All students will now be able to choose what style of dress they wish to wear and no longer are confined to subsets based upon whether they identify as male or female.

August 23, 2013

'This person took an oath to protect American interest and defend the constitution'

Transgender former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck blasted the former Bradley Manning for using gender identity to 'act badly.'

Beck, who earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart while serving for 20 years in the military as Christopher Beck, took to Facebook on Thursday (22 August) to share her views on Manning who came out as a transgender this week.

August 22, 2013

Following an outrage of the re-introduction of Section 28, it was revealed the Department for Education has also removed the distinct protections given to trans individuals

The government in England and Wales has said the protections for trans individuals in educations were removed in 'error'.

The Department of Education (DfE) has claimed the removal of 'gender identity' as a characteristic listed in the inclusion guidelines for the equalities document guidelines in the national curriculum.

Speaking to Gay Star News, a DfE spokesman said: 'This was a drafting error.

August 21, 2013

Following an outrage of the re-introduction of Section 28, it is revealed the Department for Education has also removed the distinct protections given to trans individuals

The UK government has removed protection for trans individuals in education.

Following a public outrage at the re-introduction by a number of UK schools and academies of Section 28 style policies, there is further controversy over a decision by the Department for Education (DfE) to remove ‘gender identity’ from its guidelines on teaching the national curriculum.

August 20, 2013

Tim Donnelly calls law expanding the rights and protections of transgender students 'a recipe for disaster'

Tim Donnelly, a Republican state assemblyman in California, says one of his sons will not be returning to a public school this fall.

He blames the new School Success and Opportunity Act which requires public schools in the state to respect a student's gender identity and to make sure they can fully participate in school activities.