Laws like North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (HB2) are a stain on the United States’ political landscape. Bathroom bills like HB2 are nothing but an attempt to discriminate against transgender people, they’ve caused the number of calls to Trans Lifeline to double. It’s gotten so bad even the European Union has stepped in to say such laws violate international human rights laws. It’s not all bad news though — here’s our roundup of transgender news from around the world.
- In the US, the Obama administration is pushing pro-transgender rights initiatives—from issuing nation-wide guidance on rights of transgender students to prohibiting discrimination of transgender patients in health care. Meanwhile the US House of Representatives held a “chaotic” vote that resulted in approval of legislation to permit discrimination of LGBT federal workers and left many lawmakers openly booing and yelling “Shame!”
The US state of North Carolina kicked off a round of lawsuits by suing the federal government over transgender rights. The Justice Department countersued declaring that the state law violates federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. Days later the Obama administration released federal guidelines clarifying that transgender rights are protected within the Title IX Education Act. In response, 11 states have sued the government to stop the expansion of transgender student rights.
In Pakistan trans activist Alisha was taken to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, however disagreement over which ward she should be admitted to delayed care and Alisha passed away.
Canadian police are investigating the arson of the country’s main gender affirmation surgery clinic as a hate crime.
Denmark announced it will no longer classify being transgender as a mental illness—the first country to depathologize transgender people.
Norway’s Minister of Health proposed new legislation to allow transgender people to legally change gender without undergoing medical treatment. The Congress of Bolivia approved a new law giving trans people the right to legally change their gender with a psychological review. And Canada introduced progressive legislation to protect transgender people that, if passed, prevents discrimination based on gender expression or identity and updates the criminal code to protect trans people from hate speech and violence.
In Lebanon activists supporting the LGBT community protested for the first time in 4 years. They staged a sit-in outside the morality police headquarters, called for an end to criminalization of ‘relations against nature’ and demanded the release of 4 trans women.
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