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First Transgender Prisoner Has Gender Reassignment Surgery

A transgender prisoner in California underwent gender-reassignment surgery paid for by the state this week, a first case of its kind in America. Shiloh Quine was promised that the state would pay for the procedure in 2015 after a settlement was made which stated that the US must offer treatment. Under its terms, the state

Kurdish Group Launches Pro-LGBT Human Rights Campaign

A Kurdish advocacy organization has launched an LGBT-inclusive human rights campaign. The Rasan Organization on Nov. 25 began to paint murals on the walls of three high schools in Sulaymaniyah, a city in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Staffers and volunteers of the Sulaymaniyah-based organization painted the murals with the help of a

Denmark No Longer Considers Transgender People Mentally Ill

Denmark on Sunday became the first country in the world to officially remove transgender identities from its list of mental health disorders. The decision, supported by all parties in the Danish Parliament, was originally made back in May 2016 following a lack of progress from the World Health Organization. “This very encouraging move from Denmark

The President of Taiwan has said that the process to introduce same-sex marriage in the country has moved on from “conflict” into the “dialogue” phase. President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday said that the debate around same-sex marriage, which in December passed the first hurdle to be legalised in Taiwan, has moved on. He said: “We

India’s First Transgender School Opens Its Doors

Welcomes trans students who have dropped out of school. India’s transgender school in Kochi, Kerala is the first of its kind. Saraj International opened its doors on Friday and aims to help transgender adults aged 25 to 50 who have dropped out of school to finish their education. There are currently six students enrolled in the

Live Doves Released During Rose Parade from Float Paying Tribute to Pulse Victims

AIDS Healthcare Foundation float provided one of parade’s most emotional moments for many. A float titled ‘To Honor & Remember Orlando’ was among the emotional highlights of the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade on Monday, 2 January 2017. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s float featured a magnificent floral white dove soaring high above a field of

Man Who Challenged Homophobia by Running 401 Marathons Honoured at SPOTY Awards

A gay runner who stood up to homophobic bullying by running 401 marathons has been honoured with a special award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony. 34-year-old equality campaigner Ben Smith raised money for Stonewall and Kidscape by running 401 marathons in 401 days. Mr Smith made the epic journey in a

Victory as New York trans man granted legal name change at appeal

A transgender man in New York is celebrating victory after being allowed to legally change his name. Ben Stanford had previously been denied the name change petition after a lower court said he declined to provide “medical evidence” of his transition. Stanford’s attorney Laurie Styka Bloom from Nixon Peabody, working on behalf of the Transgender

Gibraltar’s First Same Sex Marriage

Gibraltar saw its first same sex marriage on December 16, 2016 at the Civil Status and Registration Office. Adrian Charles Triay-Dignam tied the knot with his partner Aaron Mills in the first such union since Parliament voted to change the law in October. Registry official Austin Viagas concluded the ceremony by saying “It is my honour

US Public Schools Fail to Protect LGBTI Children, Report Finds

Eight US states still have laws restricting teachers and staff from talking about LGBTI issues in school. Public schools in the United States are ‘inadequate’ when it comes to protecting and educating LGBTI youth, according to a new report. The report, released by the Human Rights Watch, outlines key areas of opportunity for public schools