When Rifee Khan approached a premier spoken English training institute in Karachi, it refused to enrol her as she was a transgender. The institute instead suggested that she take private lessons as the families of other students would object to her presence. Ms Khan, who works for the Gender Interactive Alliance, was in tears as she narrated the incident at a workshop on Monday, organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). “I am educated. I have a double M.A., yet this is how I was treated,” she said. >>>
"If you fall sick where do you go? Have you ever been harassed sexually? What do you identify yourself as?” These are some of the questions that members of the NGO Samapathik Trust have been asking as they go about conducting the first socio-economic survey of the transgender community of the state. >>>
On a day when Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik kicked off campaign for Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, the ruling party was left red-faced after its supporters hogged the limelight for the wrong reasons. >>>
The Delhi Election Commission is organising special registration camps to enlist voters from marginalised groups such as the transgender community and homeless people for the coming Assembly elections.
There are nearly 180 million Pakistanis, but only half of them exist as legally recognized citizens — ie, possess a national identity card (NIC) that confirms their identity as legal citizens of Pakistan and entitles them to basic rights, such as equality of status, access to economic and political justice and freedom of expression, belief and worship. With a rapidly burgeoning population, these innumerable identity-less Pakistanis have faded silently into the background.
They are often seen begging at traffic signals. But soon, members of the transgender community will be managing traffic at those very junctions. A non-profit organization in Chennai has trained 10 transgenders to work as volunteer traffic safety assistants, and they will join duty in August. >>>
Sanam Fakir was born in 1975 in the house of a pesh imam, Haji Syed Mohammad, in New Goth, Sukkur, and was named Syed Essa Gul. With four brothers and five sisters, Sanam is the youngest of all. “As I grew older my parents started judging me and figuring out that there was something wrong with me,” she recalls. “I always behaved and walked like girls.” >>>
Several companies are incorporating a third option in the gender column in their job application forms to include those from the transgender community. They are also introducing programmes to make workforce sensitised towards LGBT community. >>>
After massive protests by women and men against the gang-rape incident, now transgenders have come out to express their outrage over the heinous crime and demand strict legal action against the culprits. >>>
It is important for judiciary to make “bold pronouncements in support of the transgender community” and consider their point of view, said Justice A K Sikri, acting chief Justice of Delhi High Court at a ‘public hearing’ on Saturday. >>>
Awareness about sexuality and gender differences remains painfully limited in much of the region, but some have begun sharing their stories because of Kentucky Equality Federation, a member if ILGA. >>>
18/01/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
Lives of Botswana’s transgender people are seemingly about to change for better, following registration of Rainbow Identity Association (RIA), a trans and intersex oriented organisation, formed in 2007 after founder, Skipper Mogapi, realized marginalization of these gender identities among the general lesbian, gay and bisexual movement in that country. >>>
Transgender women from 10 Asia Pacific countries and areas came together to say No! to discrimination and marginalisation by forming the world’s first Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN). The mission of APTN is to enable transgender women in the Asia Pacific region to organize and advocate to improve their health, protect their human rights, and enhance their social well-being and the quality of their lives. >>>
In the biggest challenge yet to traditional Chinese values about sex in this city of 7 million people, a male-to-female transsexual is suing the government for the right to marry her male partner. Moreover, because the plaintiff makes such a compelling case, traditionalists find themselves on the legal defensive. >>>