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October 19, 2014

The transgender community in the Philippines held a community press conference for the first time yesterday to call for justice in the Jennifer Laude case

Transgender groups including the Association of Transgender People in the Philippines (ATP) have renewed their calls for the government to take more proactive steps to protect members of the LGBTI community.

The ATP and other LGBTI community groups held a press conference at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday following the brutal murder of Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman, last Saturday. She was found dead with her head in a toilet bowl in a motel.

October 16, 2014

Transgender students in the Indian capital also qualify for the 25% school quota for disadvantaged children

Transgender children in New Delhi now qualify as 'disadvantaged' and are eligible for free education at public schools.

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said transgender students belonged to the 'disadvantaged category' under the Right to Education Act and were therefore eligible for 25% reservation under the economically weaker section and disadvantaged students for admission.

October 16, 2014

New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have introduced bills to repeal laws forcing married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized

Three Australian states today introduced bills to scrap laws that require married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized.

Legislation was introduced in New South Wales by Greens legislative council member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent legislative assembly member Alex Greenwich, in South Australia by Greens legislative council member Tammy Franks, and by Greens house of assembly member Nick McKim in Tasmania.

October 16, 2014

Police suspect Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton became angry when he found out the victim was transgender

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton yesterday was charged with the murder of a Filipina transgender woman.

Jennifer Laude, 28, was found dead on Sunday with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city. An autopsy report found she died due to strangulation and drowning.

Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim when they checked into the hotel after meeting in a nearby bar.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 14, 2014

One viewer called transgender panelist Cate McGregor a 'he/she'

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has defended transphobic tweets it aired on last night's Q&A panel show.

Group Captain Cate McGregor was the first transgender panellist on Q&A and the highest ranking transgender military officer in the world.

Tweets were displayed back the bottom as speakers were talking and while most were positive, two tweets upset viewers:

October 13, 2014

The woman was found with her head in a hotel toilet

A US marine has been detained in the murder of a Philippine transgender woman.

Jennifer Laude Sueselbeck, 26, was found dead on Saturday night with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city.

Media reports say she checked into the hotel at 11pm with a 'male, white foreigner' and her body was discovered by a cleaner at 11.45pm.

Police said there were signs of strangulation.

October 13, 2014

Nathan Gale, of Scottish Transgender Alliance, explains why trans people will be free from the 'spousal veto'

Same-sex marriage will be legal in Scotland from 16 December. Hogmanay, our New Year's Eve, will take on special significance for many couples this year as this will be when the first same-sex weddings take place.

As couples across Scotland plan their big day, trans people who are already married or in a civil partnership can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they can finally have the gender they live as legally recognized without being forced to break up their families.

October 12, 2014

Dana Contreras, once ranked 5th most important LGBT person in tech, gets three years of probation after agreeing to a plea deal

A transgender activist and senior Twitter engineer, who was hailed as one of the most important gay or transgender people in the tech industry, pleaded guilty in San Francisco Superior Court to one count of domestic violence and one count of false imprisonment.

Dana Contreras – also known as Dana McCallum – was sentenced to three years of probation, and undergo 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and substance abuse counseling. As part of her plea deal, her sentence also includes community service, a stay away order, and other terms. The rape charges were dropped.

October 10, 2014

From Michael Sam to Ellen Page, celebrate Coming Out Day with a reminder of some of the most notable coming outs this year

Thousands of people have come out since the last National Coming Out Day. Some bad, some amazing, and some so heartwarming you will cry.

We'd might like to live in a world where coming out doesn't make the news. But as long as anyone alive has a bad coming out, disowned by their families or thrown out onto the streets, then celebrities coming out can still change lives.

It's all about breaking barriers and being who you are, and all 18 people on this list epitomise this.

October 10, 2014

The latest episode, 'The Cissy', opens up a discussion on gender identity

South Park, now in its 18th season, has been controversial from the word go. Nothing is considered ‘too taboo’ for creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker - with topics including gay rights, abortion, AIDS and Scientology firmly in their crosshairs.

October 10, 2014

Government agencies, private offices and commercial establishments are required to have 'all gender' toilets

All government agencies, private offices and commercial establishments in Quezon City are required to have gender-neutral restrooms under the municipality's new LGBTI anti-discrimination law.

All public buildings in the Philippines' largest city must have restrooms labelled 'All Gender CR', an acronym for comfort room.

The provision falls under the citywide Gender Fair Ordinance, which was passed unanimously last week.

October 9, 2014

Police are not treating the murder as a hate crime

A 38-year-old Californian man has been arrested in the murder of a transgender and immigrant activist.

Randy Lee Parkerson was detained on Tuesday while driving in the city of Anaheim on suspicion of murder in the death of 28-year-old Zoraida Reyes.

He was arrested near to the parking lot of a Dairy Queen where her body was found in June.

Lieutenant Bob Dunn, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, told the LA Times, ‘There is nothing to suggest that Zoraida was specifically targeted.

‘The motive is still unclear.’

October 9, 2014

A Primary School in the English town of Newhaven has introduced ‘gender neutral’ toilets for pupils in an effort to tackle transphobia

Boys and girls, aged between 4 and 11, returned from their summer break last month to discover that they were now able to share toilet facilities at Harbour Primary and Nursery School in Church Hill, Newhaven, East Sussex.

When pupils reported this change to their parents, some complained to the school about not being notified in advance.

This prompted a letter of explanation from the head teacher, Christine Terrey, and an invitation to attend a meeting on ‘preventing transphobia’.

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.

October 8, 2014

The male gender marker will also be removed

A Kenyan transgender activist yesterday won a landmark case to change the name on her high school exam certificate.

The high court gave the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) 45 days to change the name from Andrew Mbugua to Audrey Mbugua on her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.

She graduated with an A- grade.

The male gender mark will also be removed and any cost will be met by Mbugua.

Mbugua described her win as 'a huge watershed moment.'

October 7, 2014

Poll finds 68% of Jamaicans feel LGBTI people should not have the same rights as others

Nine in ten Jamaicans said the country's sodomy law that criminalizes gay sex between men should not be repealed, according to a new poll.

Only 5% said the law should be abolished and 4% said they did not know.

The poll interviewed people and was conducted on 6-7 September and 13-14 September. It was commissioned by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

The poll also found that 82% of Jamaicans said they believed gay men were not treated fairly by the legal system or the police.

October 7, 2014

Hundreds have slammed the Courier Mail's sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman's murder

A newspaper's sensational reporting of a transgender woman's murder has sparked outrage in Australia.

Mayang Prasetyo from Indonesia was killed and cooked by her boyfriend at their apartment in Brisbane.

News Corp's Courier Mail ran the headline 'Monster Chef and the She-Male' on its front page and 'Ladyboy and the Butcher' inside.

October 7, 2014

More transgender people are murdered in Brazil than any other country

A Brazilian transgender woman was murdered last week by three shots to the face.

Gull dos Santos, 35, was killed on Wednesday while walking down on a high street in Rio Largo municipality, Alagoas province.

According to police, two men approached the victim on a motorcycle, fired several shots and fled before they could be identified. dos Santos died on the spot.

Although dos Santos was killed on a busy thoroughfare, witnesses did not pass any useful information to police except that more than one man participated in the crime.

October 5, 2014

Organizers are asking people to use Twitter hashtags #StandForEgyptLGBT and #SolidarityWithEgyptLGBT to voice their support ahead of coordinated protests outside Egyptian embassies worldwide

Following recent anti-gay crackdowns and arrests by police, activists in Egypt have launched a social media campaign to draw international attention to the surveillance and persecution of the local LGBT community.

October 4, 2014

The transgender actress says her new documentary on transgender youth and the issues they face

The first trailer for a new transgender documentary by actress Laverne Cox has been released.

The documentary called Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word will air on MTV and LogoTV on October 17.

The show will focus on transgender youth and the issues they face.

‘We live in a world where people are often judged for being different,’ says Cox.

‘But this is a celebration of these differences, as well as how we’re the same. We’ll follow the courageous lives of young tans people.

October 2, 2014

Social media giant had lost users over enforcement of its real names policy

Facebook on Wednesday (1 October) apologized for enacting a real names policy last month that had banned drag performers from the practice of using their stage names on their profiles.

The social media giant now plans to work on building new tools to authentication tools to use in verifying accounts that are flagged for being fake.

October 1, 2014

Respect After Death Act ensures that authentic gender identity is reflected on death certificates

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will make sure death certificates for transgender people accurately reflect their authentic, lived identity.

The Respect After Death Act requires 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.

September 30, 2014

For Richard Blanco, coming out was 'just a slow sort of easing into'

Richard Blanco was chosen in 2013 to do what such celebrated American poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelo had done in the past: write an original poem and recite it at the inauguration of a US president.

Blanco made all kinds of history at the second inaugural of US President Barack Obama with his poem One Today. He was first openly gay man chosen as inaugural poet, the first Latino, and at 44, the youngest.

Blanco has written a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, in which he writes about how, growing up in Miami as part of a Cuban family, he hid being gay.