Posted on 12. December 2012 in Resources

[English] On 4 December 2012, a coalition of NGOs issued a call for the “Abolition of Prostitution” in the European Union. Transgender Europe (TGEU) is worried about the recommendations proposed by this call and its potential impact on trans sex workers.

[English] Recently, there was a case of discrimination on the grounds of gender identity, intimidation and racist violence against a trans person in Education.

[English] Four representatives from TENI appeared before the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection. They called for gender recognition legislation that reflected the real lives of trans people in Ireland.

[English] Following a visit to Ireland in October, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, has written to the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to highlight the lack of legal recognition of transgender people. While noting legislation is currently being drafted to bring Ireland in line with its human rights obligations, the Commissioner expressed his concern that no clear timeline is provided.

[English] The Irish senator Katherine Zappone said: transgender people are no longer mentally ill.

[English] TGEU’s Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) research project presented key findings from a Legal and Health Care Mapping and the Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM). Read the report, the mapping and the press release here:

[English] Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced his opposition Friday to a pending national version of a “homosexual propaganda” law that has already been enacted in regions including St. Petersburg.

[English] As we approach that time of year when parents are dealing with the toy shopping frenzy, there are those sensitive to the fact that some lil’ boys don’t want to be butch, and some lil’ girls refuse the tyranny of the Easy-Bake Oven. Well Swedish retailer Top-Toy, a licensee of the Toys ‘R’ Us brand, has thrown off the gender shackles and features boys doing domestic duties and girls get armed with guns.

[English] In addition to religious or ethnic minorities, a recent report on media hate speech found 35 items that employed hate speech directed at the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LBGT) community. In addition, the report says the Turkish press in its representations of transvestites and transsexuals associates these individuals with “crime” and “social unrest.”

[English] A pro human rights event and against homophobia was brutally crushed by police and attacked by far-right groups in Kyiv, Ukraine.

[English] Trans Comedy Award is launched as TMA develops Phase 2.

[English] The term ‘gender identity disorder’ is being replaced with ‘gender dysphoria’ in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by psychiatrists. But the move has split the trans community.