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


Two Transgender Men Seek Legal Gender Recognition before Lithuanian Courts

On December 22nd, 2016 two transgender men – T.K. and M.V. – lodged a legal complaint before the Vilnius City District Court with the view of obtaining legal gender recognition without undergoing the compulsory gender reassignment surgery. The applicants claim that non-existent gender reassignment procedure in Lithuania violates their constitutional right to respect for private


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


U.N. Committee Again Rejects Motion to Suspend LGBT Watchdog

A U.N. committee on Monday, December 19, 2016 once again rejected efforts to suspend the organization’s first-ever LGBT rights watchdog. The U.S. was among the 84 countries that voted against the motion. Seventy-seven countries backed it, while 16 countries abstained from the vote. “The U.N. General Assembly vote makes clear that no one should be


700 LGBTI Human Rights Defenders Gather in Bangkok for the ILGA World Conference

Almost 700 LGBTI human rights defenders and allies from 101 different countries have recently gathered in Bangkok, Thailand to take part in the 28th ILGA World Conference. For five days, advocates from all over the world met to network and engage in dialogue on issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex communities both


JK Rowling Gives Blessing to Powerful Harry Potter Comic Tribute for Orlando Victims

A powerful artwork featuring Harry Potter characters will appear in a comic book to raise funds for Orlando Pulse victims, after JK Rowling gave her blessing. The artwork was created by celebrated comic book artist Jim Lee – and the Potter author gave her blessing for it to appear in the ‘Love is Love’ anthology


LGBT Activists Marching for Equal Rights in Montenegro

Dozens of LGBT activists and their supporters have gathered for a pride event in Podgorica on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Activists marched through the Montenegrin capital carrying banners that read “born this way” and “equality for everyone”. The Balkan country is known for having highly conservative attitudes towards the gay community, with one survey finding


On December 5th, 2016 the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania ruled that the case regarding the Lithuanian Migration Department‘s refusal to issue a temporary residence permit to a Belarusian man, who is married to his Lithuanian same-sex partner under the Danish law, will be referred to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania. The