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November 20, 2014

State Islamic ban on cross-dressing was scrapped two weeks ago

A social sciences professor at a leading Malaysian university has said rape and 'environmental toxins' are among the factors that turn men transgender.

Dr Haslinda Abdullah from Universiti Putra Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur Haslinda made the comments at a forum on 'gender identity disorder,' which was held two weeks after a court scrapped a state ban on transgender Muslim women wearing female clothes.

November 10, 2014

Transgender bride cannot change her gender on offical documents so the union is legal

Two women have become the first gay couple to register their marriage in Russia despite laws banning same-sex unions.

Alyona Fursova and Irina Shumilova arrived at a St Petersburg registry on Friday both wearing white wedding dresses and carried bouquets.

The Family Code of Russia states that marriage is 'a voluntary consent of a man and a woman' but the couple found a loophole in the law.

Fursova is transgender and on hormone therapy and despite looking and living as a woman, she is unable to change her gender on legal documents.

October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

September 18, 2014

Report says tourism authority promotes the country as a gay-friendly destination but LGBTI acceptance is low

Thai LGBTI people face stigma and limited job opportunities despite high visibility in a generally tolerant society, according to a new report.

The report, conducted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), found that while the tourism authority actively promotes Thailand as a gay-friendly destination, acceptance of LGBTI people in society is still low.

August 29, 2014

Family relationship settings can now be changed so, if one of your relatives is gender neutral, you can realistically describe them in that way

When Facebook expanded their gender options available for trans and gender-nonconforming users earlier this year, they ran into some problems.

While it is better to have more than 50 choices rather than two, others wondered why your relationships to family members had to be still defined as one of the two binary genders.

But now, the social networking site has built on their success and quietly rolled out the ability to designate family members using nonbinary and gender-neutral terms.

August 3, 2014

The Universities Grants Commission in India has created a separate category to include trans students in applications for scholarships and fellowships 

The University Grants Commission (UGC) in India has officially recognized trans people, creating a separate category for them in applications for scholarships and fellowships.

This means applicants filling out university forms will not be restricted to only choosing ‘male’ or ‘female’ gender identities.

July 30, 2014

Singapore’s Media Development Board has allowed Astonishing X-Men Issue 51 to be sold in the country because not all of the characters in the comic agreed with the marriage of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu

Just weeks after an Archie comic book was banned by Singapore’s media censors for depicting a same-sex marriage, the country’s Media Development Board has allowed an X-Men comic to be sold which depicts the same thing.

The Media Development Board found that Astonishing X-Men Issue 51, published in 2012, dealt with the issue evenly as some characters in the comic approved of the wedding of superhero Northstar and Kyle Jinadu while others were opposed and thus it treated the issue in a ‘fair and balanced’ way.

July 25, 2014

There are 16 reasons why you are about to fall in love with Australian DJ and model Ruby Rose. And all of them can be boiled down to 'She is awesome'

Ruby Rose has just come out as gender-fluid, not identifying as either a woman or a man. Her personal preference is to still use female pronouns.

The 28-year-old Australian supermodel and DJ has released a short film, Break Free, dealing with the topic of gender identity.

In the film, she transforms from a buxom blonde with long hair to a heavily tattooed man with short hair.

‘Whether straight, gay, bi, trans ... body image and identity can be a struggle for us all,’ Rose told News Corp Australia.

June 27, 2014

Brits can now choose to describe themselves as male, female or a custom option

After a successful launch in the US earlier this year, Facebook has announced a new custom gender option in the UK.

The social networking giant is now offering people to select a custom gender, as well as choosing a pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly.

These options are male (he/his), female (she/her) or neutral (they/their).

Facebook users can also choose the audience who sees their custom gender, as some people face challenges with sharing their true gender identity with some people.

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.