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June 13, 2014

Leading surgeon leaves NHS, increasing gender surgery wait times. Even patients with complications after their operation face delays

Activists have claimed the time for trans people to get male to female gender reassignment surgery has skyrocketed in England from seven months to three years.

And campaigners warning the trauma of ever increasing delays may push some trans people to suicide.

They say it’s because the one expert surgeon in London conducting most of the operations in the country, James Bellringer, has left the National Health Service (NHS).

June 8, 2014

'No one can change the color of their skin or change the place they're born, but they can definitely choose their lifestyles'

The Republican Party of Texas advocates ex-gay therapy.

The convention for the southern US state's GOP ended yesterday, 7 June, and the 10,000 attendees gave their approval for the following platform language:

'We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.'

May 14, 2014

'I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I’m happy to say I’m gay, too, if it’s a one-syllable, easy answer'

Bryan Singer dropped out of doing press to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past because he did not want a recent lawsuit filed against him to divert attention from the film.

But by the time the lawsuit - in which a man alleges Singer sexually assaulted him in 1999 when the man was still a teenager - was filed Singer had already done an extensive interview with Out Magazine that was posted today.

April 26, 2014

Another sign asks ‘biological females’ to stay away from the men’s room, in the name of gender equality

Taiwan’s leading university has stirred up anger by approving at least two signs that ask people to use restrooms in accordance with their biological gender.  

The stamped notices were first discovered Wednesday (Apr 23) at two restrooms of a student activity center, says Lisa, a National Taiwan University student, to Gay Star News.

Both the signs start with a slogan: ‘Equal rights for both sexes, mutual respect for each other’

April 10, 2014

After one parent complained, the school told a substitute teacher to not return as she was a 'distraction' in the classroom

A Texas teacher is speaking out after she was suspended for being transgender.

After she was hired to be a substitute teacher for a fifth grade class, Laura Jane Klug was not to return after one parent complained to the school.

The parent claimed having a transgender teacher in the classroom was an ‘unhealthy distraction’ for the 10- to 11-year-olds.

John Valastro, the superintendent for Lumberton’s school district, informed her earlier this week Klug had been suspended pending a review by the school board.

April 8, 2014

Australian openly gay model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she thought about gender reassignment to become a boy when she was younger but says that she is now comfortable in her own skin

Australian model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she considered undergoing a change of gender when she was younger but says she’s happy with being a woman today.

Rose revealed that she had considered becoming a boy in posts to Facebook and Instagram on Sunday – writing that some androgynous photo shoots she had been shot for recently had made her think about what she would have looked like if she were now a man.

April 2, 2014

Transgender beauty expert Drew-Ashlyn Cunningham argues a subtle approach is a better way to get attention

I took a photo the other day of me in a bodycon dress and I must admit I felt pretty sexy.

But, that being said, it made me look back to how I used to dress a few years ago. So I did a comparison. Even though the style of the dresses is both bodycon bandage, I look completely different.

I know I’ve changed a lot over time – my makeup has got better, my hair is a lot darker, my lips are far fuller. The overall image is different. Yes, I’m still dressed sexy but I think now it’s in a more classy way.

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 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.

November 24, 2013

Delta County School Board member Katherine Svenson doesn't want trans kids using facilities 'until the plumbing's changed'

A Colorado school board member has sparked controversy in the her local community after refusing to recognize the rights of transgender students, saying they shouldn't be allowed access to facilities which match their gender unless they have undergone surgery.

 

Katherine Svenson, of the Delta County School Board, publicly stated in October that she doesn't support the rights of trans people to use restrooms that match their gender identity.

October 31, 2013

Parents will have the option to leave the gender box blank in an important step forward for intersex births

Germany is to become the first country in the world to allow babies to have no gender.

In an important step forward for intersex rights, parents will have the option to leave the gender box blank from 1 November.

Babies are reportedly being born without clearly determinable genitalia, at a rate of one in every 1,500.

There are some occasions in countries where doctors ‘choose’ a gender for the parents or force the parents to make a decision minutes after birth.

October 27, 2013

Forced to abandon education due to bullying, community survives on jobs regarded as lowly, like performing at funerals

A month-long study conducted on transsexual people’s livelihoods in Vietnam has found the community the victims of discrimination and stuck with unsatisfying jobs or no jobs at all.

The study – Sinh Ke Cua Nguoi Chuyen Gioi (Transsexual people’s livelihoods) – by the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) has found the majority of respondents, 52 per cent, unhappy with their jobs, which they called badly paid.

October 2, 2013

Advertising body refuses to ban instant noodle commercial showing a man dressed as a soccer star’s wife and promoting ‘piri piri perfume’

A Pot Noodle commercial showing a man dressed as a soccer star’s wife was not offensive to transgender people, the UK’s advertising watchdog has ruled.

Pot Noodle, similar to the US’s instant Cup Noodles, is one of the UK’s most popular products but was also labeled the country’s most hated brand in a 2004 survey.

The commercial featured a man with visible stubble wearing different dresses, a woman’s swimsuit and tutu, pretending to be a WAG (wives and girlfriends of football stars).

August 27, 2013

As one Californian Assemblyman pulls his kids out of public school because of a new law for trans students, one gay dad is taking his sons out of private education

I got the news at the beginning of summer. The school my sons had gone to for the past five years was closing. With sadness, I needed to find them a new private school. I checked out the local public elementary school, and found to my pleasant surprise that it had a lot to offer my 10- and 11-year-old sons. It was worth considering.

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.

July 26, 2013

Australia’s publicly funded medical scheme Medicare will remove all discrimination based on gender to ensure transgender and intersex people can access all the services they need

Australia’s Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and Minister for Human Services, Jan McLucas announced Wednesday that all gender discrimination will be removed from the country's Medicare national public health scheme.

‘If you need a medical treatment under Medicare you should be able to get it without a discussion about or disclosure of your gender - male, female, transgender, or otherwise,’ Plibersek said.

June 23, 2013

Australia’s Living Waters ex-gay ministry has pledged to continue to try to make LGBTs straight despite Exodus International apologizing and shutting down

A leading Australian Christian ministry that tries to cure people of their same-sex attraction has vowed to soldier on despite Exodus International, the largest Christian reparative therapy group in the world, admitting that people cannot change their sexuality and shutting down.

May 15, 2013

New US research asked 'Can a gay man play it straight?' and looked at perceptions of an actor's performance and masculinity

People think gay actors are less masculine – but they are still just as good at acting, scientists have proved.

The US research asked 'Can a gay man play it straight?' and looked at perceptions of an actor’s masculinity and performance.

College students were given biographical information on a male actor, including sexual orientation, and shown a video of the actor’s performance.

They were then asked to rate the actor’s performance and the likelihood of casting the actor in their own productions.

May 10, 2013

The Federal Council of Medicine fixed a law’s wording to ensure same-sex couples’ access to assisted reproduction

Brazil has guaranteed that gay couples across the country have access to assisted fertilization.

According to Brazilian news website Globo.com, the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM) has adjusted the vague wording in an existing law that some courts used to block same-sex couples from using in-vitro fertilization and other assisted fertilization methods.

April 20, 2013

Pre-op transgender woman complains to equality watchdog for being called 'Mr' loudly and repeatedly

A transgender person awaiting surgery to become a woman has complained to the Equality Opportunities Commission in Hong Kong how a nurse kept on calling her ‘Mr’.

Angel, a rights advocate in her 20s with Rainbow of Hong Kong, said the nurse’s loud use of the male honorific had drawn attention to her gender identity disorder, leaving her humiliated.

February 23, 2013

Real depictions of gay sex are apparently more shocking than real man-on-donkey action as Australian censors ban a gay movie that was due to screen at LGBT film festivals across the country this year

Australian film censors have banned a movie that contains real sex between two male actors less than a year after they allowed a documentary that contained actual depictions of bestiality to screen at festivals.

I Want Your Love, by American filmmaker Travis Mathews had been scheduled to screen at LGBT film festivals around Australia this year but the Australian Classification Board decided to ban it instead.

February 18, 2013

Legal experts advise changes to birth certificate options and say people should not have to undergo surgery to have gender legally recognized

Legal experts have advised the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government in Canberra that gender options on official documents should be changed to suit the needs of intersex and transgender people.

Birth certificates should include the options male, female, intersex and indeterminate, ACT's Law Reform Advisory Council said, and transgender people should be able to chose their gender on official documents even if they haven't had surgery.

The Council's report, Beyond the Binary: Legal Recognition of Sex and Gender Diversity in the ACT, said:

December 13, 2012

A second meeting of activists for intersex rights has called on the medical community and the UN to respect their rights

The second International Intersex Forum ended on Tuesday in Stockhom, Sweden.

The forum, part of an International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) conference, saw 37 activists from 33 organizations extend the demands agreed at last year's first meeting.

As well as ending discrimination against intersex people and ensuring 'the right of bodily integrity and self-determination', the group agreed to a list of demands mostly aimed at the medical community.

December 12, 2012

Scientists find female fish are more attracted to males displaying homosexual behavior

Scientists have discovered male fish become more attractive to the opposite sex when they display gay behavior.

Researchers at the University of Frankfurt studied fish such as the Atlantic molly which is more attracted to male fish they see having sex with females.

The study published in Biology Letters revealed this behavior also worked when males were seen 'flirting' with other males, increasing their attractiveness to females as potential mating partners.