03/12/2013 | United Nations Liaison Officer
The lives of lesbians are shaped by a range of factors, including social and economic rights, the respect for women's rights and gender equality, and the respect for LGBT rights. The situation of lesbians often remains largely unknown and unaddressed. There is a lack of visibility in the women's movement on the one hand, and little recognition or visibility also in the mainstream LGBT movements. >>>
Between 29 November and 1 December 2013, the Third International Intersex Forum, supported by ILGA and ILGA-Europe, took place in Valletta, Malta. This event brought together 34 activists representing 30 intersex organisations from all continents. Re... >>>
After New Delhi, Bangalore and Pune; Ahmedabad will be joining the platform on 1st December by holding a LGBT pride march this year. The march is being organised by Swavlambi Chuval Mandal & Gujarat LGBT Pride Festival and will be Ahmedabad’s first LGBT Pride March. Another city in Gujarat had held a pride walk in October. The October 6 pride walk was held in Surat and had put Gujarat on the LGBT pride map of India. >>>
After several weeks of buildup, the groups who oppose same sex-marriage in Taiwan descended by the busload on Taipei today for a large protest as the government mulls legal revisions that would make same-sex unions possible. Based on the language that had been used to date, I expected bigotry — and they certainly delivered. In fact, in terms of the magnitude of their intolerance, they showed their true colors.
In the same week when people walked the Delhi Queer Pride, an IFS officer in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in Delhi is said to have been transferred from the Visa and Passport division to a rather low-level division for refusing to grant visa to a gay couple from America. >>>
On 1st December 2013 ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association marks the 25th international World AIDS day. This year’s theme is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” >>>
The Centre for Gender Advocacy announced Wednesday that they will be challenging the Quebec Civil Code in Quebec’s Superior Court. Article 71 of the Code stipulates that a trans* person must be over the age of 18, a Canadian citizen, and have undergone a sex reassignment surgery in order to change their gender on official government identification. The Centre is calling for these three stipulations to be abolished.
Amanda Ryan, an Ottawa trans activist, was sending an instant message about Normal, the 2003 film starring Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson, whose character considers suicide after coming out as trans. Ryan asked her friend, a fellow trans woman, if she’d ever considered suicide. After a pause, her friend typed, “I can still taste the barrel in my mouth.”