LGL’s Intern Nele: LGBT Advocacy in A Challenging Environment

Coming to Lithuania, I had only a vague idea of the country, the LGBT rights situation, or the work I was going to be doing. I knew Lithuania was considered one of the most homo-, bi- and transphobic countries in the European Union: that it was one of very few European countries without any legal

India Might Introduce Job and Education Quotas for Trans People

In order to help trans people in India a special committee has recommended education and employment quotas be introduced. The Indian government might consider creating quotas for trans people in the public service. A recommendation from a parliamentary panel reviewing a Transgender Bill was that the federal government should create the quotas. A reason the panel

Argentina joins global LGBT rights initiative

Argentina has become the third Latin American country to join a U.S. initiative that seeks to promote LGBT rights around the world. The White House on Wednesday said that Argentina “agreed to join the” the Global Equality Fund, a public-private partnership the State Department manages with the U.S. Agency for International Development. The announcement coincided

Real Talk With RuPaul

The drag supermodel of the world on how straight people steal from gay culture, meeting David Bowie, and why educating the youth is a waste of time. RuPaul was born November 17, which makes him a Scorpio — a detail he has said accounts for his observant and analytical nature during interviews. I could feel

India appoints first trans police officer

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has appointed the nation’s first transgender woman to the police force. Prithika Yashini is among 21 sub-inspectors to receive orders from Salem police commissioner, Sumit Charan, to join the region’s local service. Having always dreamed of being a police officer, Ms Yashini told reporters her plan was to work hard and

Canada university establishes world’s first chair of transgender studies

The University of Victoria in British Columbia has established the world’s first chair of transgender studies, it announced on Friday (15 January). Sociology professor and transgender man Aaron Devor will research a broad range of issues affecting the community, such as healthcare, poverty, discrimination and suicide. ‘Far too many trans and gender nonconforming people still

Lebanese judge rules trans man can legally change gender

A Lebanese judge has ruled that a transgender man can legally change his gender in the country’s civil registry. Judge Janet Hanna of the Court of Appeals of Beirut last September ruled in favor of the trans man who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery. Her decision was released on Friday. Dr. Omar Fattal, president of the

The UK government’s first inquiry into transgender equality has said the legal, healthcare and criminal justice systems are failing the country’s 650,000 ‘gender incongruent’ people. The report, released on (Wednesday) 13 January, made more than 30 recommendations, emphasizing the need to update existing legislation and provide better services, especially in the NHS. ‘The committee took evidence on a very wide range

Washington state quietly adopts pro-trans policy on bathroom use

Washington state has enacted a pro-trans policy on bathroom use, officials announced this week. Under the new rules, quietly adopted by the state human rights commission on 26 December, all buildings open to the public – including schools – must allow people to use restrooms, showers and locker rooms corresponding with their gender identity. ‘Transgender

Trans people win right to change name and gender in Bolivia

Transgender people in Bolivia will soon be able to legally change their name, sex and gender, Bolivia’s justice minister has announced. Virginia Velasco Condori unveiled the new policy last Wednesday, meaning trans Bolivians will soon be able to register legal documentations using their new identities. In a statement regarding the change. Condori said that people who wan