Bolivia’s transgender citizens get updated ID cards under new gender law

The local transgender community in Bolivia is celebrating the country’s new gender law which allows trans individuals to register for identity cards with updated personal information. Last week, trans activist Pamela Geraldine Valenzuela was the first to get her new updated ID card in a ceremony presided over by the mayor of La Paz, Luis

Sex reassignment surgery is now legal in the United Arab Emirates

Transgender people can now get legal sex reassignment surgery in the United Arab Emirates. The government has passed Federal Decree No 4, a series of changes to reduce doctors’ criminal liability. Under the new law, doctors can perform sex reassignment surgery as long as the patient shows they are suffering from gender dysphoria. The law

HRC Releases #ThisIsTransgender Video

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has come up with a new video addressing the question, ‘What does it mean to be transgender?’ 2016 has been a particularly tough year for the trans community in the U.S. Transgender bathroom rights have become such a widely debated topic in the country as political leaders like North Carolina

California lawmakers pass inclusive unisex bathroom bill

Vote takes place on same day judge in Texas blocks similar federal guidelines. California moved a major step closer on Monday (22 August) to having the most inclusive restroom access law in the US. The bill, AB 1732, has now passed both houses of the state legislature and becomes law if signed by Governor Jerry

Hari Nef – Elle’s first transgender cover girl in UK

The magazine’s interview with the catwalk star, one of its ‘icons of change’, concentrates on her talent, not her transition. When they decided to print special collectors’ covers for the magazine’s September issue, all about “icons of change”, the publishers of Elle knew immediately who the stars should be: the actors Kristen Stewart and Amandla

‘My name is Sarah McBride, and I am a proud transgender American!’ A major historical milestone was made for the transgender community as trans woman Sarah McBride took to the stage to address the crowd at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday. The 25-year-old is the first ever openly trans person to speak

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is facing renewed calls to remove transgender identity from its list of mental health disorders. A study published in the Lancet says the WHO needs to stop incorrectly classifying trans identity. It suggests that the classification has led to discrimination, difficult legal statuses and obstacles to healthcare for trans people.

Denmark to no longer define transgender as mental illness

Denmark is set to officially delete the definition of transgender as a mental illness. The move will make Denmark the world’s first health authority to take the step. From January 1st, 2017, transgender will no longer appear on Denmark’s definition of mental illnesses, the Ministry of Health has confirmed. The move would make Denmark a

Transgender Europe, launching its Trans Rights Europe Map 2016, warns protection level for trans people remains low in Europe. “Discrimination at the job market is a major factor keeping trans people from thriving. While it is positive that in 2016, 26 European states – that is four more than last year – offer now explicit

First transgender woman, Geraldine Roman, elected to Philippine Congress

A transgender woman, on Monday became the first openly LGBT person elected to the Philippine Congress. With nearly 90 percent of the votes tallied, Geraldine Roman defeated Danny Malana by a 96,004 – 59,428 vote margin in the race to represent the Bataan Second Legislative District in the Philippine House of Representatives. Roman is a