Pakistan Transgender Leader Runs for Election

Pakistan Transgender Leader Runs for Election

Shahana Abbas Shani, President of a Pakistani trans rights association, has announced that she will run in elections as an independent candidate for the city of Muzaffargarh for the Punjab provincial assembly.

Janet Jackson to Produce Documentary About Trans & Non-Gendered

Janet Jackson to Produce Documentary About Trans & Non-Gendered

The Advocate.com recently reported that superstar entertainer Janet Jackson is set to executive-produce a documentary that will help “stop the hate and find understanding” toward transgender people. The documentary is titled Truth and described as “a journey through the lives of trans- and nongendered people around the world and their epic struggle for equality.” The […]

Hammer Thrower Could Become First Transgender US Olympic Athlete

Hammer Thrower Could Become First Transgender US Olympic Athlete

Keelin Godsey, who is poised to compete in the women’s hammer throw at the United States Olympic trials Thursday, could become the first-ever transgender athlete to represent the United States at the Olympic Games. Godsey, 28, was born female and had an extraordinary athletic career as a member of the track and field team at […]

SEIU Passes Trans Healthcare Resolution & Builds Progressive Partnerships

SEIU Passes Trans Healthcare Resolution & Builds Progressive Partnerships

SEIU represents the service industry. These are the folks that are often overlooked in our society – the janitors, the security guards, and health care professionals, for example. SEIU stands for the 99%. During the recent SEIU 25th annual international convention, delegates passed a resolution that the many SEIU locals bargain for trans-inclusive heath care […]

Meet India’s first transgender pastor

Meet India’s first transgender pastor

Shunned and traumatized as a youngster, 25-year-old Bharathi now preaches to a congregation of 45 respectful parishioners, including 14 families, as India’s first transgender pastor. Bharathi, who completed her bachelor’s degree in theology last April, has been a pastor at the Evangelical Church of India (ECI) branch in Chengalpattu, on the outskirts of Chennai, for […]

Thai transgender politician vows to fight for rights of all

Thai transgender politician vows to fight for rights of all

Thai political history turned a new page on Sunday when a transgender candidate won a provincial election. The result became a media phenomenon that drew attention across the country, and spread across the world. News outlets from Japan, Germany, Mexico, USA and the UK all published reports about the landmark result. “Nan people voted for […]

Arkansas-Fort Smith transgender student wins access to women’s restrooms

Arkansas-Fort Smith transgender student wins access to women’s restrooms

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith is changing its policy regarding restroom use by transgender people after a student complained to the U.S. Department of Justice. Jennifer Braly, a 38-year-old UAFS junior who is a transgender woman, was upset after being instructed to use only gender-neutral restrooms on campus. Braly had used women’s restrooms […]

Bogota appoints first transgender public official

Bogota appoints first transgender public official

Bogota’s mayor has appointed the capital’s first transgender public official, as director of corporate management in the city’s Social Integration Department. In an interview with El Espectador, newly-appointed director Tatiana Piñero expressed her admiration for Bogota’s new Mayor Gustavo Petro, and his support for LGBT issues. Piñero described Petro as “a person who recognizes diversity, […]