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Intersex Solidarity Day: 11-08-09

Sunday 8th November is Intersex Solidarity Day and Herculine Barbin’s Birthday.

All human rights organizations, feminist allies, academics and gender specialists, as well as other groups and individuals interested in intersex human rights, are invited to show their solidarity by organizing workshops, lectures, discussions and other activities which deal with any or all of the following topics:

  • The life of Herculine Barbin.
  • Intersex genital mutilation.
  • The violence of the binary sex and gender system.
  • The sexism implicit within the binary construct of sex and gender.
  • Human rights. Intersex issues are feminist issues.


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Call for equal rights for all forms of family

Religious beliefs should not influence decisions to enact laws giving equal rights to gay people because it is the role of parliamentarians to ensure there is no discrimination between citizens.

"We need the necessary legislation changes to ensure different forms of families are recognised as equal before the law, irrespective of sexual orientation... This is not about religion but basic human rights," Malta Gay Rights Movement coordinator Gabi Calleja said.

Ms Calleja echoed the words of Labour education spokesman Evarist Bartolo who insisted gay rights were human rights and the government should not adopt the argument that the country was not ready to uphold them.

"The time is now. Countries can afford to wait but life is too short for those men and women who just want to be treated like the heterosexuals around them," he said during a conference organised by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe).

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European institutions make commitments to fight discrimination against trans people

This conference was intended to bring together European and national stake holders in a direct dialogue with trans and LGBT activists from across Europe.  This was the first conference to exclusively driven towards good practices in policy and legal developments.


Strong commitments were made by Belinda Pyke from the European Commission, Israel Butler from the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency, Mandana Zarrehparvar from EQUINET and Dennis van der Veur from the Council of Europe to advance the rights of trans people through their work.


The European Commission will be looking at the way EU member state implemented the 2004 gender equality directive vis-à-vis trans people in its 2010 report. It will also be publishing its first trans specific legal and policy mapping study.

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Officer Dani Lee Harris is first intersex person to lead Pride parade


AS A GRAND MARSHAL of this year’s Atlanta Pride parade, Officer Dani Lee Harris, the LGBT liaison for the Atlanta Police Department, had hopes to wear her uniform proudly despite the controversy surrounding the APD’s recent raid of the Atlanta Eagle, a gay bar.

But when activists became angered again this week over her participation in Pride, and the concern she said her son had for her safety is she wore her uniform, she decided on Tuesday not to wear her uniform.

“My biggest concern is the safety of my son and out of respect for him I will swallow my pride,” she said. “I’m flabbergasted,” she said Tuesday. “Why people can’t realize this is about 21 officers out of 1,700 officers, and [the raid] is still under investigation.  But I will come out of uniform.

"They got this one,” she said of those angered by her being a grand marshal.

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PRA to Rick Warren: Denounce Proposed Antigay Law in Uganda!

October 29, 2009
Contact: Kapya Kaoma or Pam Chamberlain, 617-666-5300

In March 2008, U.S. evangelical leader Rick Warren told Ugandans that homosexuality is not a natural way of life and thus not a human right. One year later, U.S. conservative evangelical and Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively (a resident of Massachusetts) addressed the Family Life Network and Ugandan members of Parliament in March 2009, saying legalizing homosexuality is akin to legalizing "the molestation of children or having sex with animals."

That March meeting launched a campaign that has led directly to today, when the Ugandan legislature is debating an anti-gay bill that would lead to life imprisonment for gay sex, and death for those having same sex relations if they are HIV positive or having sex with someone under 18. Heterosexuals would have no such restrictions. This law, which would also criminalize any human rights organizing for LGBT rights, could be passed any day.

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Havelock Ellis and Olive Schreiner: A History Mini-Lesson

For all the increasing mainstream news coverage of polyamory, most articles still take the perspective of "exposing" something very new and innovative.  Which I understand, because most people haven't heard of us.  I've had a lot of positive coming-out experiences to a lot of open-minded people, but I've never come to out to anyone outside the BDSM Scene without having to explain what "polyamory" actually means.  Certainly the campaign for visibility is a relatively recent phenomenon.  The word was only coined in 1990, and The Ethical Slut only published in 1997.  Before that, the terms "polygamy" oddly classified us with authoritative patriarchies (like Mormons), or phrases like "open relationship" inappropriately trivialized our "secondary" partners. Even "open relationships" get sensationalized as a modern phenomenon; a recent CNN article claims, "The 1970s introduced the concept of 'open marriage.'" (Emphasis mine.)

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Latest Anti-Gay Surge in Turkey Against Another LGBT Organization

Black Pink Triangle Association in Izmir is the fifth LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) organization that faces closure threat from the Turkish government.  The first hearing will take place on February 19, 2010. The reason for closure threat is once again being “against the law and morality.”

According to the information provided to the association, the Governor’s Office of the City of Izmir is demanding closure of the Black Pink Triangle Association.

Black Pink Triangle Association members stated that: "The prosecutor's demand for closure of our association is clearly a violation of civil rights.  Establishing an organization a constitutional right and they want to take that right from us.”

When Black Pink Triangle Association was founded on February 20, 2009, all the necessary legal documentation was filed to the Governor’s Office.

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LGBTQI and Depression in Mumbai

Dealing With Depression: A report from GayBombay

We present an excerpt from Sachin, from one of the meetings of  Gay Bombay held in June 2003 on some of the issues in dealing with depression of our own and of those around us.

Na koi umang hai, na koi tarang hai

Meri zindagi hai kya ? Ek kati patang hai

(No joy, no zing, no bite; No passion no hope no fight…

Q. Pray what is my sad wretched life? Ans. A myopic circumcised kite…)

Bollywood has a song for every feeling. Sadness, melancholy, loneliness are amply represented? But depression? Even Meena “Humein Qabristan le chalo” Kumari may find that to be a tough one…

The Special GayBombay Sunday Meet on Depression was held at Vikram’s lovely tranquil new home in Bandra on June 01, 2003.  It was attended by 30 people. It was the second meeting organized specially on the subject of depression by GayBombay since its inception four and a half years ago.

For the first meeting we had the honor of the presence of a clinical psychiatrist, who is also the mother of a group member.  She dwelt on depression and its causes. She wasn’t there for this meeting but Dr. Ajit and Jay V led the meeting very well.

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Lilla Network Launch and Exhibition

"If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."

Words used by Lilla Watson, Aboriginal elder, activist and educator from Queensland, Australia.

The Lilla Internatinoal Women's Network will be publicly launched with an exhibition of work by artists who came together for a workshop on  International Women’s Day this year.  It is an opportunity for anyone with a passion for social justice to hear women’s stories and bear witness to empowering ommunity action in Sydney and around the world.

Works will include photography, digital media, installation, performance, object, sculpture and spoken word. Aboriginal educator & wordsmith Lillian Holt and community artist & activist Paula Abood will be joining in the conversation.  The Stiff Gins will be performing in the evening.

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National Transgender Discrimination Survey (Preliminary Findings)

Preliminary Findings • September 2009

National Transgender Discrimination Survey

by The National Center for Transgender Equality and The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


Transgender people are targets of discrimination in many areas of their lives; this marginalization exposes them to tremendous social and economic insecurity.  Until now, data on the prevalence and character of this discrimination has been limited to small studies and anecdotal reports. 

In the first comprehensive national effort to document this problem, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force launched a six-month data collection process, interviewing 6,450 transgender people via an extensive questionnaire that covered critical topics such as employment, education, health care, housing, public accommodation, criminal justice, family life and access to government documents.  Our final sample included residents of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Data gathered from respondents was compared to US Census Bureau and Department of Labor data.

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