Around the World: UK Court Rules Against Trans Kids, Half of Trans Russians Denied Work, Hong Kong Uses Conversion Therapy World

Around the World: UK Court Rules Against Trans Kids, Half of Trans Russians Denied Work, Hong Kong Uses Conversion Therapy

Written by Matt Keeley on October 04, 2017
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A high court ruling in the United Kingdom should enrage every right-thinking person: They ruled a child could be taken away from his or her mother because she let the kid live “entirely as a girl.” If that weren’t bad enough, other divorced parents are fighting for custody on grounds that the other parent is respectful of their transgender children. That and more in our look at bad news around the world.

  • The 18th annual International Trans Day of Remembrance was honored on the 20th of November. Over the last 12 months, 295 murders were documented of trans and gender-diverse people across 33 countries. Communities from Egypt to Australia to Canada held vigils bringing attention to the lives lost due to transphobia. Check out Transgender Europe’s powerful video message In Solidarity.
Jacobus Witbooi, Namibia, Africa, Pan Africa
  • The LGBTIQ community mourned the sudden passing of Jacobus Witbooi, an international activist from Namibia and the African Coordinator for Pan Africa ILGA. Friends and colleagues released a powerful memorial video that offers insight into their work on the continent.

  • In Hong Kong, some women and children support organizations report that government social workers are referring clients to “gay cure” therapies. A spokesperson for the Social Welfare Department noted that they “provide appropriate services and assistance according to the circumstances and needs of the individuals concerned” but declined to comment on conversion therapy. 

  • UK gender support group Mermaids reports that a high court ruling that a child be taken from their mother because the mother allowed the child to live “life entirely as a girl” has emboldened several more divorced parents to start legal action disputing custody of young trans kids. 

  • Myanmar rights group Color Rainbows reported that the LGBT community is continuing to face persecution, extortion, and physical and sexual abuse at the hands of police after leading politicians said they were “not interested” in dealing with LGBT rights abuses. 

  • From Russia, a new report by the Transgender Legal Defense Project found that 50% of those surveyed were denied employment due to their gender identity and 41% avoid seeing doctors or other health services for fear of discrimination. 

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