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Indian court rules sexual orientation is a human right in historic ruling

The ruling could have a massive impact on India’s LGBT community (Picture: Getty) India’s Supreme Court has said that privacy, including sexual orientation, is a fundamental right of citizens in a landmark ruling. Human rights activists have celebrated the verdict, which could have a huge impact on the country’s LGBT population. It is hoped that the… Continue reading Indian court rules sexual orientation is a human right in historic ruling

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Gender ‘X’: Canada introduces gender-neutral passports

Canada will begin offering a third gender option on the country’s passports and immigration documents at the end of this month. Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s immigration minister, announced that the new gender designation ‘X’ would come into effect from August 31. “By introducing an ‘X’ gender designation in our government-issued documents, we are taking an important… Continue reading Gender ‘X’: Canada introduces gender-neutral passports

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Why Transgender People Experience More Mental Health Issues

It has nearly everything to do with the way they are treated. By Katherine Schreiber Individuals who identify as transgender tend to experience higher rates of mental healthissues than the general population. While approximately 6.7 percent of the general United States population suffers from depressionand 18 percent grapple with some iteration of an anxiety disorder, nearly half of all individuals who identify as transgender experience these issues. What’s more,… Continue reading Why Transgender People Experience More Mental Health Issues

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Ending LGBTI discrimination is key to achieving SDGs

29 Sep 2015 by Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)embody a powerful commitment to achieving a life of dignity for all. This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. That’s why we at UNDP are pleased to join in the UN statement on ending violence and discrimination based… Continue reading Ending LGBTI discrimination is key to achieving SDGs