Aatma (name changed) was very ambitious. The transgender learnt dance in Kerala Kalamandalam, a premier institution for the performing arts. With the help of her boyfriend, she had a sex change operation and moved in with him. They were together for five months in Kochi but she was forced to flee Kerala last week.
Two transgender professionals from the Philippines attending a conference in Hong Kong fell victim to the very discrimination they'd come to talk about - they were denied entry to bars in the city "because they were not women". >>>
The Indonesian Bishops' Council (KWI) has declared the controversial marriage of transgender Alterina Hofan illegal. This case revolves around the legal loopholes around the status of an intersex man. Prosecutors have indicted Alterina on charges that he switched his gender to male on his ID documents in 2006. The crime carries a maximum seven-year prison sentence. >>>
On 17 May 2010, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, 5 trans activists and founding members of Pembe Hayat (Pink Life) were stopped by Ankara police forces, badly beaten up and unlawfully taken into police custody. This incident is part of a recurrent pattern of police harassment and abuse against trans people in Turkey. >>>
Multiple Murders Highlight Inadequate State Protection. The recent murders of two transgender women in Turkey highlight an ongoing pattern of violence and the urgent need for stronger protection measures by the government, four Turkish and international human rights organizations said today in a letter to Turkish authorities. >>>