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March 26, 2014

RTE defends The Centre's trans character, who is described as 'King Kong in a thong', as being a positive LGBT role model

Several complaints have been made to RTÉ over an a ‘transphobic’ new sitcom airing in Ireland.

The Centre, which aired on Monday (24 March), features a trans woman who is part of the cast of characters living on a housing estate in Dublin.

Nuala Mooney, played by Gary Cooke, is described as a ‘40-year-old pre-op trannsexual who’s been living as a woman for the past three years.’

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) has accused the sitcom of being a ‘throwback to the dark ages of television’.

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 7, 2014

British woman was left traumatized after one of her windows was deliberately smashed, saying she felt like a 'prisoner in her own home'

A British trans woman is living in fear and says she is too scared to leave her own home after an attack on her property.

The unnamed woman, living in Cheshire, north west of England, was left traumatized when a piece of heavy exercise equipment was hurled through one of her windows on New Year’s Eve last year.

Alexander Stoll, 32, said he did not remember the incident but later admitted to smashing the window and pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Halton Magistrates Court yesterday (6 March).

February 25, 2014

Man confesses to killing a 29-year-old trans woman, burying her in a vineyard where he worked, and stealing her valuables and fleeing to Serbia

A man has admitted to shooting his trans girlfriend in the chest in Turkey.

Police discovered the 29-year-old body of Sevdar Başar yesterday (24 February), buried in a vineyard in the southeastern city of Antep.

She was only discovered when her boyfriend Ethem Orhan, who had fled to Serbia with her valuables, confessed to the crime.

He admitted to promising her with marriage and a future, before beating her and shooting her with a hunting rifle and burying her in the vineyard he worked at last week.

February 16, 2014

Local activists hail the video to be a 'very large step' and a 'first in the whole history of Iran'

In a country where gay men risk execution for their sexual orientation, Googoosh, one of Iran's most famous singers, is believed to be the first to feature a same-sex (lesbian) couple in her music video for 'Behesht' (Heaven).

The video, which the singer posted to her Facebook page on Valentine's Day, proclaims: 'Freedom to Love for All!'

February 7, 2014

A new report by University of Western Sydney researchers has found that bullying is still all too common for LGBTI Australian young people with nearly one-in-ten saying the problem was so bad they had to change schools

Almost one-in-ten LGBTI Australian young people has had to change schools because of homophobic bullying and more than four-in-ten have thought about harming themselves because of bullying – according to a new report.

The Growing Up Queer report was released today and found a disturbing 16% of young Australians aged 18-27 had tried to commit suicide while 33% had self harmed.

42% had thought about self harm or suicide.

January 9, 2014

A spate of stories is spreading about transgender people behaving badly, or sexually, in bathrooms – the problem is they are made up

Have you heard the one about the trans woman who went into a female changing room and exposed herself to all and sundry?

No: that’s not joke, so much as persistent urban myth. However, thanks to an unhappy combination of reactionary and transphobic groups in the United States, and newspapers with a less than whole-hearted commitment to fact-checking, this is one trope that looks set to run and run.

The latest in an increasingly long line of untrue reports turned up at the weekend, courtesy of Canada’s largest circulation daily, the Toronto Star.

December 15, 2013

Transgender US activists point to the pitfalls of the movement when compared to the successes for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals

While gays and lesbians in the US can point to a string of recent political successes, the transgender community lags behind in recognition and rights.

In an Associated Press article, activists pointed to the outright hostility the community faces.

December 7, 2013

Kathy Svenson caused outrage over comments she made about trans students using facilities that match their gender

A Colorado school board member who caused outrage when she claimed transgender students should be 'castrated' before being allowed to use facilities matching their gender has said she has 'no regrets' on her comments.

 

Kathy Svenson, a board member of Delta School District 50J, was caught making remarks about trans students during a board meeting in October.

 

November 20, 2013

Leading professional services boss says his clients will soon refuse to operate in some markets when they abuse LGBTI rights

Companies may soon refuse to operate in countries with homophobic laws, a managing partner at leading global professional services firm EY has said.

And Deutsche Bank has revealed they already intervene on LGBTI issues by speaking to governments behind the scenes and telling them abusing gay and trans people damages business.

November 20, 2013

Nigerian model and singer Miss saHHara remembers her transition and dreams of a better world as we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance

I am standing in front of the mirror looking at my reflection. Tears of joy trickle down my rouged cheek before going on stage.

I am in tears because I just can’t believe how realistic my dreams have become. I am a woman! Living my life freely. Accepted and respected for my achievements as a model and a performer.

November 20, 2013

Hatred and prejudice sees transgender people treated as second-class citizens, forced into prostitution, attacked and even murdered

I simply cannot imagine the horror of knowing you’re looking at the person who is about to end your life. Maybe it’s best not to. But over the last 12 months, over 238 trans people have done just that.

Mostly they lived in the developing world, mostly victims of unthinking and hateful prejudice. The actual number of trans people murdered is likely to be far higher, as trans people are often not identified and reporting such murders can, itself, cause problems.

November 16, 2013

Fight broke out after trans student faced transphobic taunts at a California high school

A transphobic attack in a California high school which was caught on camera may be treated as a hate crime, school officials have said.

The attack, which took place at Hercules High School in Hercules, California, happened after a trans student suffered taunts due to her gender identity by a group of three girls.

The verbal abuse quickly turned into an all-out fight, with all four girls hitting, slapping and pulling each other's hair. All involved in the fight eventually ended up on the ground.

November 15, 2013

The Trans Murder Monitoring project has discovered the highest number of murders of trans minors in five years

At least 238 trans people have been murdered worldwide this past year.

Brazil and Mexico lead the list in the most reported killings of trans men and woman, according to a new report released by Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project.

Transgender Europe fears the numbers are only the tip of the iceberg of the real figures.

The report only includes the murders of trans people that can be documented through publicly available information, or are reported by local advocacy groups.

November 15, 2013

Australia’s National LGBTI Health Alliance has used the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance to highlight the high rate of suicide among transgender people due to the discrimination they face

The Australian National LGBTI Health Alliance has commemorated the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance - noting the importance of remembering transgender people who have died from suicide alongside those who have died from physical violence.

‘Despite recent legislative gains, trans people in Australia continue to experience harassment, vilification, isolation and distress,’ National LGBTI Health Alliance executive director Warren Talbot said.

November 10, 2013

Caught on film, an employee of Don Pollo Bar & Grill openly admits discriminating against trans people

An Atlanta nightclub has been accused of transphobia after banning a transgender guest 'because they can'.

The Don Pollo Bar & Grill in Atlanta, Georgia, refused entry to Allisah Brooks on Friday (8 November) simply because of her gender identity.

Brooks, a drag performer, claims she was told by security 'You can't come in because you are a man.'

When challenged by her friends, an employee of the nightclub simply stated they refused her entry 'because we can'.

October 28, 2013

A young medical student climbed up onto the roof of a former pasta factory and jumped over the homophobia he faced

A 21-year-old man has killed himself by jumping from the 11th floor of an Italian building.

In the early hours of Sunday morning (27 October), the young Italian climbed onto the roof of a former pasta factory and threw himself off onto the busy streets of Rome.

Police have identified the man as Simone D (his surname is unknown), a medical student at the University La Sapienza.

‘I’m gay,’ he said, in a note discovered after his death.

October 17, 2013

Former North Carolina Republican head says all trans people should be put in mental health institutions

A GOP politician has called trans people ‘disgusting freaks’ that should be put in ‘camps’.

Todd Kincannon, former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, has been heavily criticized for his rant on transgender people.

After a trans activist, Kat Haché, replied to one of Kincannon’s tweets, he launched into a tirade of slurs and hate speech.

‘There are people who respect transgender rights. And there are people who think you should all be put in a camp. That's me,’ he said.

September 30, 2013

As the tale of a young trans journalist being humiliated at a Microsoft event goes viral, journalist Jane Fae asks whether the media needs a new attitude 

Have you read the one about the trans woman humiliated? Or the trans man excluded? Or the gay guy barred?

Chances are, if you read not just Gay Star News, but any LGBT press, you will come across such stories with depressing regularity.

Occasionally, they will creep into the mainstream. Though the formula is much the same. Person humiliated, discriminated against, wronged, because.

September 22, 2013

Trans theology professor 'asked to leave' after working at the university for 15 years

A professor at a Christian college in California has been forced out of his position after coming out as transgender.

H. Adam Ackley had taught theology at Azusa Pacific University for 15 years.

However, since coming out as male in the last year, he had been asked to leave by the university - despite being midway through a five year contract.

Speaking on the issue, Ackley said: 'I did not get a sense directly from the individuals with whom I was speaking that they had a theological problem with transgender identity.

September 20, 2013

Italian LGBT groups are unsatisfied with a proposed anti-homophobia bill that passed in the lower Chamber of Deputies last night, arguing the bill's freedom of speech protections still allow discriminatory transgressions

Italy's LGBT groups are saying the new ban on homophobia is 'hypocritical'.

LGBT rights and ally groups criticized the proposed legislation, which intends to penalize homophobia and transphobia but still protects the 'opinions expressed within political, cultural or religious organizations,' allowing groups to continue making homophobic comments.

September 18, 2013

Amnesty International has released a 16-page report condemning the European Union for failing to enforce laws that protect sexual orientation and gender identity in member states

Amnesty International has accused the European Union of failing to address homophobia and transphobia in member states.

The international human rights organization has released a 16-page report that names and shames EU member states  Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Latvia and neighboring non-EU states Ukraine, Moldova, Turkey, Macedonia and Montenegro, all of whose laws insufficiently protect against the discrimination, physical assault or of murder of LGBT people.