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'Not here for decoration:' Thai transgender MPs make history in parliament

Jun 06, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, a lawmaker for the progressive anti-junta Future Forward Party, is one of 4 transgender MPs in the house – pioneers in a society where discrimination in education, employment and at home persists

A NEW THAI MP. In this picture taken on June 5, 2019, Future Forward Party MP Tanwarin Sukkhapisit poses before the parliamentary vote for Thailand's new prime minister in Bangkok. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

HRW urges Japan to change transgender 'sterilization' law

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Applicants who wish to change their official documents are required to be without reproductive capacity, effectively requiring most people to be sterilised to meet criteria

FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS. Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) take part in the "Save the Pride" parade in Tokyo on August 11, 2012. File photo by Rie Ishii/AFP

The week in photos: November 24-30, 2018

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WOMEN VS WOMEN. A Turkish female riot police officer reacts during clashes with women's rights activists as they try to march to Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on November 25, 2018, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Scarlett Johansson withdraws from trans role following backlash

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The actress was initially cast to play trans man Dante 'Tex' Gill in a film about his life

SCARLETT JOHANSSON. The actress quits her role as a transgender man following backlash against her casting. File photo taken at the 2018 Met Gala by Angela Weiss/AFP

Transgender teen wins battle in U.S. 'toilet wars'

May 23, 2018 - 11:58 PM

Gavin Grimm, who identifies as a man but was born as a woman, is at the heart of a pitched battle for transgender rights in the US

TRANSGENDER BATHROOM. File photo shows a gender neutral sign posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill in Durham, North Carolina. Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

Trump scraps blanket transgender military ban, major restrictions remain

Mar 24, 2018 - 7:37 PM

The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security 'may exercise their authority to implement any appropriate policies concerning military service by transgender individuals,' says the memorandum

Trump bans transgender people from U.S. military

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:26 PM

UPDATED The announcement serves as a stunning reversal of an Obama era policy and leaves unanswered a slew of questions including whether transgender personnel currently serving may soon face getting booted from the military

TRUMP. This file photo taken on February 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking with reporters on board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, bound for Palm Beach, Florida. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

White House overturns Obama-era protections for transgender students

Feb 23, 2017 - 9:14 AM

The Trump administration is now leaving it up to states and school districts to decide whether students should have access to bathrooms that do not reflect their biological sex

In this file photo, a gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

White House hires first transgender official

Aug 19, 2015 - 2:42 AM

The White House says Tuesday it had hired its first openly transgender official a move which supporters said underscored the administration s drive against inequality

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, from her Facebook page

Victories for transgender equality and the long road ahead

Jul 09, 2014 - 6:30 PM

President Barack Obama has done more in less time to advance the rights of the LBGT community than any administration in history


India top court recognizes transgenders as 'third gender'

Apr 15, 2014 - 3:17 PM

India s Supreme Court rules in favor of recognizing trangender individuals as having a third gender

THIRD GENDER. Members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) and sexual minorities hold placards during a protest against the Supreme Court verdict on the gay sex, in Bangalore, India, January 29, 2014. Jagadeesh NV/EPA