LGBTQ rights supporters rejoiced on Thursday with news that homosexuality is no longer illegal in Lebanon. A court ruling abolished a case against an unnamed transwoman – accused of having a “same sex relationship with a man” – stating that homosexuality can no longer be considered a crime because it is “not unnatural.” Lebanese law only prohibits sexual acts “contradicting the laws of nature.” >>>
A judge presiding over a case prosecuting homosexuality has ruled that a notorious piece of legislation criminalizing gay sex is not valid, a decision that has been hailed as a major achievement by activists in Lebanon.
MEMBERS of NSW Parliament will give notice to today of a bill to be introduced seeking to remove the legal requirement for a trans* person to divorce their spouse before they can change their gender on the Births, Deaths and Marriages register.
Reflecting the woes of transgenders who have remained social 'untouchables' with restricted access to education and jobs, only a minuscule 2,996 transgenders in Tamil Nadu enrolled themselves in the 5.3 crore strong voters list. >>>
In Mongolia, transgender people face extreme violence and discrimination, much of which goes unreported because the law does not protect them. Out of fear, many stay in the closet. Photographer Álvaro Laiz spent three and a half months in 2011 photographing male-to-female transgender people in Mongolia to explore notions of identity in a place where they are forced to hide who they are. >>>
The Gender Interactive Alliance (GIA) organised a demonstration in front of the Lahore Press Club on Saturday to protest against police and a TV host for allegedly violating human rights and discriminating against transgender people.
A Lebanese judge has found that a transgender woman’s relationship with a man does not constitute ‘unnatural sexual intercourse’ in a further blow to the criminalization of LGBTI people in the majority Muslim nation. >>>
A draft law which would force transgender people to undergo full sex-change surgery before marrying in their chosen gender is too “simplistic” and “restrictive”, the Equal Opportunities Commission says. >>>
Mona Shah was adamant that the voter ID card should identify her as neither male nor female. “I kept asking for the transgender status but the authorities kept sending me back for more documents to prove my gender,” Ms. Shah, a sex worker in New Delhi said. “When they asked for a doctor’s certificate I got worried because all my official proof identifies me as male, but I wanted to tick the box that said ‘other’.” >>>
The term “hijra,” in India, is used to refer to transgender women. The country has an estimated 1 million hijras, with communities recorded back more than 4,000 years. They've had a sanctioned place in Indian society and culture throughout time. But their visibility in history — with ancient myths bestowing them special powers to bring luck and fertility — hasn't protected the hijra. >>>
An Auckland tertiary education provider has announced it will soon be offering scholarships for transgender students. From the second semester Unitec will offer scholarships to two trans students per year. >>>
A meeting to announce pension for transgenders under the Mythri scheme on Thursday ended in a slugfest between two groups of sexual minorities. Over 800 transgenders were present at the event held at Ravindra Kalakshetra on JC Road.
The women and children welfare department has given an assistance of Rs 20,000 each to four transsexuals to make them self-reliant. The beneficiaries have also completed a beautician course in Manipal and decided to open a beauty parlour. >>>
The first time transwoman Tam Maguad and transman AR Arcon saw each other was in February 2012, in one of the events organized by STRAP. For Tam, “basically, it was just a meeting between the two groups, nothing more than that. I didn't even remember him then after the event,” she laughed. For AR, though, “the memory is still as vivid as the moment it was made. She entered the door, late, simply gorgeous in shorts and plain white shirt.” The two eventually became an item.