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

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

History made as trans woman becomes top female finisher in large road cycling race

History was made as a trans woman became the top female finisher in a large road bicycling race. Jillian Bearden, 36, rode for the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance in the El Tour De Tucson in Arizona. She won the women’s 106-mile race in 4:36:07. ‘It’s absolutely huge,’ Bearden said of her achievement. ‘We’re at a

Fast and flexible support: ingredients to enrich LGBTI campaigning

There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to campaigning for today’s LGBTI activists, but providing support on short notice allows organisations to be reactive and flexible. A contribution to openGlobalRights’ funding for human rights debate. There are 2,920 days in eight years. And yet, Lithuania remains one of a few European jurisdictions without any possibility for legal

China’s most popular TV hostess just happens to be trans

If you thought Caitlyn Jenner was the most famous trans woman on the planet, you’d probably be wrong. In fact, that honour surely goes to China’s Jin Xing, whose TV show draws 100 million viewers a week, and who has been openly trans since 1996. China’s most popular TV hostess, often dubbed the country’s Oprah,

It’s official – France adopts a new legal gender recognition procedure!

The French parliament has voted to introduce a legal gender recognition procedure that is free from sterilisation and medicalisation. The National Assembly met in a plenary session on Wednesday 12 October to debate and vote on the 21st century justice law (La loi sur la justice au XX1eme siècle), which included provisions relating to legal

Pentagon issues handbook to help trans troops and commanders with transitions

A new handbook has been issued by the Pentagon to help service members and commanders deal with situations involving transgender troops. The handbook was issued in order to “assist” trans service members, as well as commanders, reports the Hill. It comes as the US earlier this year lifted its ban on trans military service members

Trans couple make history after giving birth to baby

A South American couple, both of whom are trans, have made history by giving birth to their first child. This is the first baby to born to transgender parents in South America. Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez grew up in Ecuador, and met online, they told the BBC. ‘We are the same as other families.

Trans man becomes first person to seek gender surgery in United Arab Emirates

This would be the first legal case of gender reassignment surgery in United Arab Emirates history. A trans Emirati man is petitioning the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance for permission to have gender assignment surgery. The 29-year-old is the first person in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) legal history to bring a case of

Trans soldier becomes first woman on frontline of British Army

She will be the first UK woman allowed to engage the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. Britain’s first woman soldier to serve on the frontline is transgender. Chloe Allen, who joined the service in 2012, serves as a member of 1st Battalion, the Scots Guards. She said she is proud ‘to be able to make history’.