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Friday, October 22, 2004

Lebanese group wants ban on homosexuality lifted

Middle East Online
First Published 2004-10-19
By Salim Yassine - BEIRUT

A rights group has launched a campaign in Lebanon to overturn the country's ban on homosexuality, in the first publicity offensive of its kind to take place in the Arab world.
The group, Hurriyyat Khassa or Private Liberties, started the campaign with a screening at the American University in Beirut of the British movie "Victim" which helped change the law banning homosexuality in Britain in the 1960s.
Pointing to recognition for the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the constitution, Hurriyyat Khassa is seeking to abolish Article 534 of Lebanon's penal code which stipulates a one-year jail sentence for "sexual intercourse against nature".

Transsexual MP's bill to stop discrimination on gender identity

STUFF
22 October 2004

Transsexual MP Georgina Beyer has drafted legislation she hopes will stop discrimination on the grounds of the gender a person identifies with.
Her bill provides for "gender identity" to be included as one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination in section 21 of the Human Rights Act 1993.
Under the Act, people are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of race or sex, for instance.
"Transgendered people are not referred to in section 21 and thus appear not to be protected by the anti-discrimination provisions of the Human Rights Act 1993," notes to Ms Beyer's bill said.
While most people identified with the gender with which they were born, some did not.
"People whose identification with a gender different from that with which they are born, often known as transgendered people, are subjected to discrimination in employment, housing and in some matters covered by the law."
The Human Rights (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill would offer protection from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Mandelson says gay remark unwise

BBC NEWS

Nominee EU Commissioner Peter Mandelson says his colleague Rocco Buttiglione was "unwise" to express his views on homosexuals at an EU committee hearing.

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Yep... The guy was a ARSE. But then aren't all religious fanatics like that.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

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Miami Beach Provides Transgender Protections

NCLR

"Today, Miami Beach joins Key West and Monroe County in clearly stating that transgender people may not be discriminated against in employment, housing, public accommodations and lending. We believe today's vote represents a growing trend in Florida toward the realization that transgender people are part of our communities and must be included in basic human rights laws," said Stratton Pollitzer, Equality Florida's South Florida Director.

Transgendered woman glad to be 'out'

ButchDykeBoy.Com
By Michelle Meyers, STAFF WRITER

HAYWARD -- On Sept. 20, he was known as Bob McAllister. A day later, she introduced herself publicly as Kari McAllister. McAllister, 50, is the event coordinator for Chabot College's Performing Arts Center.

However, for most of her life -- whether working as a truck driver, running her own stereo repair shop or performing as lead singer in one of two rock bands -- "she" was actually a "he." McAllister has been dressing in women's clothes behind closed doors for some 20 years. But it wasn't until the early 1990s that "Bob" became "Kari" by night and started to get involved in the local transgender community.

Dance, music & claps at Bhopal love parade

The telegraph - India
Saturday, September 04, 2004
RASHEED KIDWAI

Hundreds of onlookers clapped along as Kareena, Mallika, Neha, Madhuri, Nigar and others swung their hips lustily in what is being touted as Bhopal’s answer to the famous love parades of Rio, Berlin, San Francisco and Tel Aviv.

Iran's transsexuals get Islamic approval, but!

Middle East Online
By Aresu Eqbali - TEHRAN

Transsexuals face tough times from their families, discrimination in medical circles, are branded homosexual.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

State-sponsored torture of TS by the South Korean Government

ANA'S STORY

The British Government, advised on a Tribunal Court ruling, has formally recognised Ana as a refugee on the basis of her torture by the South Korean authorities because of her membership of a particular social group; transsexuals, marking a history - the first ever refugee of South Korean national in the UK.

"Free from torture, free from abuse, no more shouting, no more swearing, no more yelling, no more screaming, no more hitting, no more beating, no more punching, no more baseball batting, no more spitting, no more kicking, no more stepping on, no more knifing, no more cutting my body and disfiguring and disabling it for the rest of my life, no more destroying my life because it gives the South Koreans gratification and pleasure and contentment and happiness to make me suffer with pain and tears in misery, I just hope to have a life, to put all these to an end; that is all I ask from you."

Gay Marriage Backers Challenge Amendments

Guardian Unlimited
Sunday October 3, 2004
By DAVID CRARY

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Camille Reyes used to be apolitical and irked by almost anyone ringing her doorbell to make a pitch. But these days, she's knocking on strangers' doors with missionary zeal to talk about one of the touchiest topics on the election agenda.

One of hundreds of volunteers canvassing house-to-house across Oregon, she is trying to persuade voters to defeat Measure 36, a proposed state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.

Brazil gay denied lover's career

BBC NEWS
By Steve Kingstone
BBC, Sao Paulo

A candidate for mayor in Brazil's local elections has been told she cannot run for office because she is in a same-sex relationship with the outgoing mayor.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Hijra for nearly ten years

BMEzine.com Story

Hi my name is Khira from Madras, I'm now 22 years old. I'm a eunuch since the age of 13 years and I earn my living by prostitution. Allthough I'd never been a transsexual, I now live and feel as a very nice looking woman.

My story began, when I was running away from my father ( my mother died five years before ) ,'cause he used to mistreat me for many years. I decided to start a new life in a big City and it should become a completely new live for me.

I took the train to Madras without anything with me. Arrived to Madras, I had to lok for a job to earn my living, but that's been harder than I believed before. Driven by hunger, I sometimes sold my body to men, and by this way I met some hijra-prostitutes ( I didn't anything ‚bout hijras at that time ). They'd been very friendly, and I was glad, ‚cause they offered me a place for sleeping.

After three weeks, living with the hijras, they started a big party, with a lot to drink. After hours and consuming a lot of alcohol, I found out , that this was not only a simply party, but also my castration-celebration, but at that time it's been to late for me to escape.

TEC 2005 - Trans Eastern On Line Conference

TEC 2005

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Spain approves gay marriage bill

BBC NEWS

The Spanish government has approved a draft law which will legalise homosexual marriages.

The bill gives same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children.

The Roman Catholic Church and conservative opposition have fiercely opposed the move, which opinion polls suggest has the public's support.