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April 18, 2014

'We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's live televised independence speech was filled with anti-gay rhetoric and threatened unspecified action on LGBTI rights groups and their allies.

'Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organization ... which was addressing young men in universities sand schools to join them as homosexuals,' he said. 'This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it.'

April 17, 2014

Representing LGBTI allies on the West Coast and beyond, Valerie Uribe took her boyfriend and straight friends to the SF LGBT Center’s annual soiree for an evening of party and politics

Out of the 1,000 people at the San Francisco LGBT Center’s annual soiree this year, I was proud to be among the straight ally contingent.

The mission of the SF LGBT Community Center is to connect their diverse community to opportunities and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTI people and their allies. I feel the ‘allies’ mention is crucial to achieving these goals.

April 15, 2014

The only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono opens up on RuPaul's Drag Race in appearance with his maternal grandmother

Transgender activist and actor Chaz Bono dropped by RuPaul's Drag Race to help contestants learn to conduct a celebrity interview and in the process, opened up a bit about himself.

'You know, there was a number of years where I knew I was transgender but was afraid to do anything about it,' Bono told one of the contestants.

But once Bono, 45, did decide to transition, he shared his story by writing a book called Becoming Chaz and being the focus of a documentary of the same name.

April 15, 2014

Malta parliament also voted to give same-sex couples civil unions and adoption

Malta has become the first country in Europe to protect trans people in the constitution.

On 14 April, as the Maltese parliament voted to give same-sex couples civil unions and adoption.

The entirety of the Labour party, 39 members of parliament, voted in favor of legalizing same-sex unions. The opposition, the 30 members of the Nationalist party, abstained.

April 15, 2014

The Indian Supreme Court has instructed the Indian Government to create a legal third gender category to recognize transgender people and also that they should be classed as a marginalized group to receive affirmative action in jobs and education

India’s highest court has ruled that transgender individuals should be allowed to designate themselves in a third gender category other than male or female in a historic legal ruling today.

Indian culture has traditionally recognized transgender individuals as ‘hijras’ and many have traditionally viewed themselves as a third gender separate to male or female.

April 14, 2014

Producers of the hit TV show apologize for using the ‘transphobic slur’ and will remove it from all programming

RuPaul’s Drag Race has announced it will remove what has been called transphobic language from its programming.

Trans activists have criticized the show’s producers in the past weeks for a segment titled ‘Female or She-male’ where drag queen contestants were asked to identify whether cropped photos were former drag queen contestants or women.

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 10, 2014

A pop song telling the story of a transgender woman who reunites with her best friend has become a surprise viral hit in Thailand – with nearly 9 million people watching the video clip on YouTube

A new pop song by Thai singer Vid Hiper R Siam about a trans woman who becomes the lover of her childhood best friend is going viral online.

Nearly nine million people have watched the clip for the song on YouTube since it was posted on 9 March.

The song, Transgender Woman Never Cheats, tells the story of a trans girl who fell in love with her best friend, a boy when they were teens.

One night she kisses him, but because her object of affection believes she is a boy, he beats her up.

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 5, 2014

Social Security Administration will no longer require additional legal scrutiny for claims made by transgender spouses

A case involving a 92-year-old transgender widow has resulted in the US Social Security Administration making a change in policy regarding survivor benefits.

Robina Asti is a WWII veteran and pilot who has been a transgender woman since 1976. She had been denied benefits after the death of her husband for two years because she had been born a male.

She finally got her benefits on 14 February after a legal appeal.

April 5, 2014

Stateless and stranded for six months after what was supposed to be a quick trip to Hong Kong to update her passport photograph results in her having to surrender her Colombian passport and becoming a refugee under the protection of the UN's refugee agency

Eliana Rubashkyn recently became the first transgender woman in Hong Kong to be officially recognized as female without having completed gender reassignment surgery.

But life is far from being a bed of roses for the 25-year-old who has been stateless and stranded as a refugee in Hong Kong for the last six months.

April 4, 2014

Will the straight chat show host have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to make a British version werk?

Chat show host Jonathan Ross is producing a British version of hit US show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

While the straight presenter is unlikely to slip into the heels of the most famous drag queen on the planet, he said he was still up for finding Britain’s next drag superstar.

British drag queen and DJ Jodie Harsh will join him in the nationwide hunt for the campest, chicest cross-dresser in the country.

‘I’ve been working with Jodie on a UK version of RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ Ross told the Daily Star.

April 3, 2014

The High Court of Australia has ruled that the state of New South Wales must recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female – ending the court battle to have Norrie recognized as such

Sydney LGBTI community activist and genderless person Norrie has won a court victory in the High Court of Australia – forcing the New South Wales (NSW) state Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female.

Norrie had initially been given a ‘sex not specified’ registration by the registry in 2010 but it then reversed its decision to do so four months later – saying that it had been in error to do so.

April 3, 2014

Groups and individuals have joined together to fight for trans equality in the UK

British trans groups and individuals have joined together to tell politicians their top two demands in a new manifesto.

They have told all UK political parties to include specific policies promoting trans equality.

This is believed to be the first time all of these groups have joined together to have a point of view on policy in the UK.

‘Now is the time to raise trans rights as a cross-party political issue which needs government support,’ Paul Roberts, LGBT Consortium chief executive said.

Their demands are:

April 3, 2014

Trans organizations in Britain have released a Trans Manifesto today – with three demands to give politicians a simple way forward

Today’s announcement of the Trans Manifesto is another huge step forwards for trans people in the UK.

Four years ago I was involved in drawing up the massive Trans Statement of Needs. While an impressive piece of work, it was simply too daunting for any government to know where to start. A simpler, more focused, approach was needed.

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.

March 30, 2014

'When it comes to the movement of our trans sisters and trans brothers, we are newly sensitized...'

The producers of the Logo show RuPaul's Drag Race are responding to charges of bigotry against the transgender community.

In a recent episode, contestants were shown a photo and asked if the person was a 'female' or  'she-male.'

'She-male' is defamatory and is listed in GLAAD's media reference as a term that 'dehumanize[s] transgender people and should not be used.'

March 30, 2014

2 security guards at call center company charged for violating city ordinance which prohibits 'all discriminatory acts against homosexuals in the workplace'

A transgender woman working at a call center company in Quezon City has filed a criminal complaint against two security guards for prohibiting her to use the company’s female restroom.

March 27, 2014

Republicans, including one who said 'What this bill does is change nature,' fail in attempts to gut the legislation of protections

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is poised to sign into law a bill that makes it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

The state's House of Delegates passed a bill by a vote of 82-57 on Thursday (27 March). the state Senate had passed the legislation earlier this month by a vote of 32-15.

SB 212 expands to all of Maryland's 23 counties protections that already exist for transgender people in the counties of Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and the city of Baltimore.

March 26, 2014

Transphobic health workers mock their patients and even put their lives at risk through their negligence, report says

Transphobia is so endemic in India’s heathcare system that one train accident victim died because officials couldn’t decide whether to admit them to a male or female ward.

That’s just one story from a new report examining the corrosive mix of ignorance and transphobic attitudes leaving India’s trans population unsupported and at risk of developing serious illness.

It impacts not just the trans community but also – because disease is not limited by gender – on the wider non-trans community.

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.

March 15, 2014

During a discussion about transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson’s CrossFit lawsuit, panelist says ‘she’s got all guy muscles, and the juices! You know, I’m not a doctor or anything but inside her that’s all there’

Wendy Williams has become the latest US television personality to offend the transgender community after hosting a panel segment discussing transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson.

Jonsson, a personal trainer from California, has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against fitness company CrossFit for alleged discriminatory practices.

She claims CrossFit denied her the chance to participate in the women’s division of the upcoming CrossFit Games on the grounds that she was ‘born as a male’.

March 13, 2014

Joycelyn Elders says ban 'has long been a policy in search of a rationale'

Former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders calls the military's ban on transgender people serving 'a policy in search of a rationale.'

Elders made her remarks upon the release today of a report by the Transgender Military Service Commission which concluded that the Pentagon's ban on transgender military service is not based on sound medical reasoning.

March 8, 2014

US tennis star Matt Dooley comes out as gay and reveals he once tried to kill himself because of his sexuality

US student tennis star has come out as gay and spoken about his attempted suicide when he was closeted.

Matt Dooley, senior student and tennis player at Notre Dame University in Indiana who came out as a gay in an article for Outsports on 3 March, has spoken about the ‘overwhelmingly positive’ feedback he has received since.

In the piece, Dooley wrote about how hard it was growing up knowing he was gay.