19th July 2012
France: Concern as senate approves protections for ‘sexual’ not ‘gender’ identity 12
1:09 PM — Hopes that the election of a Socialist President and Assembly might usher in a new era of inclusivity in France took a blow last week, as Socialist Senators faced up to a first opportunity to legislate protections for the country’s trans minority but declined to do so.
18th July 2012
New protocol puts more power in the hands of Scottish trans people 6
5:40 PM — A new protocol issued this week by the Scottish Government is set to revolutionise the way trans people are served by the health system.
17th July 2012
Sweden: Trans asylum seeker’s partner to be deported to Russia 9
2:53 PM — Russian trans asylum seeker, Lita, who is currently in hiding somewhere in Sweden, narrowly escaped being caught last week. But her partner and boyfriend Anton was apprehended by police and is now in deportation prison in Flen, from where he will shortly be removed to Russia.
12th July 2012
Chloe Sevigny worried about reactions to trans assassin role 18
7:05 PM — Chloe Sevigny says she feared trans people would be disappointed with her for playing a trans character in TV series Hit & Miss. The actress, 37, told Out magazine she was concerned there would be anger that a transgender performer wasn't playing the part of Mia, an assassin.
11th July 2012
Canada: Toronto trans community pays tribute to leader who killed himself 3
11:45 PM — Tributes have been paid to a Canadian transgender community leader who killed himself last week. Kyle Scanlon, who was the education, training, and research coordinator at the 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto, died on July 3rd. Reports said he had suffered long-term chronic depression.
8th July 2012
Australia: ACT bid to remove surgery requirement for trans recognition 3
11:43 PM — Legal and human rights groups in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are pushing to change a law which requires transgender people to have surgery in order to change their legal gender.
6th July 2012
Essex: Head praises ‘greatly loved’ trans teacher 17
9:18 AM — A transgender teacher has been praised for her courage and popularity by staff and pupils at a secondary school in Essex ahead of her transition this summer.
3rd July 2012
Suffolk: Man fined after threatening transgender neighbour 17
12:03 PM — A building worker in Ipswich has been convicted of what is believed to be the first offence officially motivated by transphobia in Suffolk.
19th June 2012
Concern over ‘pernicious’ Freedom of Information requests on LGBT issues 15
4:04 PM — Concern is growing that some national newspapers are abusing Freedom of Information laws to trawl for stories that they then skew to depict LGBT issues in a sensational and negative fashion.
15th June 2012
Ontario approves trans discrimination protections 5
9:31 AM — Lawmakers in the Canadian province of Ontario voted to protect people from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity this week.
13th June 2012
Trans gay activist believed to have been brutally murdered in South Africa 14
2:02 PM — Several reports have been circulating about a transgender and gay man brutally murdered after a homophobic and transphobic attack in South Africa.
12th June 2012
Comment: A safe space to dance for transgender youth 7
4:54 PM — Rachel Sparks talks about coordinating dance groups for trans youth and opening up an environment which they might not usually feel is available to them.
Kuwait: Trans man arrested for ‘imitating opposite sex’ 8
3:23 PM — A transgender man has been arrested as Kuwait continues a campaign against ‘immorality’ which includes LGBT people among its targets.
11th June 2012
European Commission publishes new report on trans and intersex discrimination 13
4:29 PM — The European Commission has published a new report into discrimination against transgender and intersex people around the EU.
29th May 2012
Lead singer of Against Me! cheered at first performance since revealing she is trans 10
5:51 PM — The lead singer of punk band Against Me! was greeted with cheers at her first stage appearance since announcing she is transgender.
19th May 2012
Comment: Trans people need equality to get our marriages, confiscated by the state back 55
1:37 PM — Liberal Democrat councillor Sarah Brown explains from the perspective of a transgendered person why she's supporting the Out4Marriage campaign. The current unfair and discriminating system of opposite sex marriages and same sex civil partnerships has meant that she and her wife were forced to surrender their marriage and instead consider themselves 'civil partners'.
17th May 2012
Petition: New York Times ‘sexualised trans woman’s death’ 8
12:31 PM — Hundreds of people have signed a petition to the New York Times saying it 'sexualised' the death of a transgender woman in a report this weekend.
16th May 2012
Regulator: Paddy Power ad which asked viewers to ‘spot the trans lady’ was offensive 15
11:27 AM — The Advertising Standard Agency has upheld complaints about an advert by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power which asked viewers to 'spot the trans lady'.
15th May 2012
Video: UN high commissioner speaks out on human rights for LGBT people ahead of IDAHO 10
2:52 PM — The UN's human rights office has released a video of High Commissioner Navi Pillay speaking on the human rights of LGBT people around the world ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia on Thursday 17 May.
10th May 2012
Argentina approves gender identity law 37
10:30 AM — Having become the first country in South America to allow gay couples to marry, Argentina has passed a bill giving transgender citizens the right to have their gender recognised in law.