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’.” >>>
Gender rights advocacy groups yesterday condemned former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung over his comments that there should be special legislation for same-sex marriages, so that people do not confuse them with “traditional” marriages. >>>
Chandigarh witnessed its second annual LGBT Pride Walk on the Sunday of March 2nd. Close to 100 community members and supporters walked from the Student Centre of Punjab University to the Sector-17 Plaza, carrying bright rainbow balloons and flags. >>>
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. >>>
Nepal has undertaken path breaking steps in the areas of queer justice and empowerment in the subcontinent, but more work needs to be done in the mountain state, a new shadow report on the state on queer individuals in Nepal says. >>>
A CONFERENCE in Sydney last month heard from some of the Asia-Pacific region’s leading cultural theorists on how transqueer studies is helping break new ground on issues of sexuality, gender and transgender studies. >>>
In a speech to the NSW Parliament this week, NSW upper house Labor MP Penny Sharpe urged the government to set up a process to expunge historical convictions for same-sex sexual activity committed before its decriminalisation in 1984.