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Australia may have made gender history this week, as the New South Wales government lays claim to being the first in the world to recognise an individual’s sex as officially “not specified”.
This milestone in the evolution of gender queer came about with the issuing of a ‘Sex Not Specified’ Recognised Details Certificate in place of a birth certificate to Norrie (also known as norrie mAy-Welby) a resident of Sydney...
Zie states: “I wonder if we in Western culture would have more options for happiness if we too had permission not simply to be of one gender or the other, but also to be of both genders, if such was our nature."Australia may have made gender history this week, as the New South Wales government... more
The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the government to allow trans people the right to a distinct gender.
The court said that trans people, known as hijras, should be able to get national identity cards showing their gender as hijras.
Pakistani hijras, especially those from poor families, are often subject to oppression and harassment and are forced to earn a living through begging and prostitution.
They are often thrown out of their homes by fathers and brothers and face problems when their identity cards show female photos but male genders.
While those from wealthy families can access education and jobs, those from poorer backgrounds say they are abused by society, police and criminal gangs.The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the government to allow trans people the right... more
What is it like to grow up gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender in America's heartland, the Midwest? In a region fiercely loyal to traditional values, growing up "other" can be a battle for basic civil rights and resources. Watch Jac Stringer, the young, passionate advocate and director of the Gender Queer Coalition, as he fights to make a safe space for those of us whose sexual preferences and identities weren't made with a cookie-cutter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiQuFu36cxQWhat is it like to grow up gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender in America's... more
Mexico can be intolerant of homosexuality; it can also be quite liberal. Gay-bashing incidents are not uncommon in the countryside, where many Mexicans consider homosexuality a sin. In Mexico City, meanwhile, same-sex domestic partnerships are legally recognized and often celebrated lavishly in government offices as if they were marriages.
But nowhere are attitudes toward sex and gender quite as elastic as in the far reaches of the southern state of Oaxaca. There, in the indigenous communities around the town of Juchitan, the world is not divided simply into gay and straight. The local Zapotec people have made room for a third category, which they call 'muxes' (pronounced MOO-shays) men who consider themselves women and live in a socially sanctioned netherworld between the two genders.Mexico can be intolerant of homosexuality; it can also be quite liberal. Gay-bashing... more
Gay Pride? or Shame!? Our take on the Glorious Annual Celebration of Exploitation, Manipulation, Deception and Intimidation provided to serve Manchester's LGBT Community.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Young People have been speaking out in response to an increase in wristband prices, charges for small groups to enter the parade and have a stall, a "youth space" that you have to pay to get in which only last 2 hours that's if you can beat the queues... and then all the respect we've had (not!) from bullies charged with running run Manchester's Pride Festival in 2008... and it certainly didn't go unnoticed!
Watch our short documentary film that's really getting under the skin of pride, exposing corporate greed and authoritarian censorship at it's worst and most appalling, ripping off the people it's designed to empower.
This film is dedicated with much love and respect to Manchester Pride's Festival Director "Yeah" Jackie Crozier. We love you Jackie, much love to you and all your friends and associates!
See you at Manchester Pride 2009 - when we will be in the parade and once again, not afraid to speak out however hard you try to stop us.
Don't forget to get your Manchester Pride tickets... we can sell you some for just ten pence! apparently that's all their (we're worth).Gay Pride? or Shame!? Our take on the Glorious Annual Celebration of Exploitation,... more
Stonewall's decision to nominate transphobic Julie Bindel of The Guardian for the Journalist of the Year award sparked an angry response from the trans and queer community in the form of a demonstration outside London's Victoria and Albert Museum in November 2008.
Activists from the Queer Youth Network along with LGBT allies and friends from all over the country have produced this short film (the first in a new series) about their journey and role in the protest.
The full feature length film along with related showings will be screened at at special Film Night in Manchester on 23rd November 2008 to celebrate Transgender Day of Remembrance. Details here
Find out the story behind this film at the Facebook Group Transphobic Julie Bindel Nominated for a Stonewall Award
Presented by David and Tomoi
Thank you to everyone who helped us make this film!
Stonewall's decision to nominate transphobic Julie Bindel of The Guardian for the... more
When Adele was born they couldn't tell if she was a girl or a boy. A series of childhood genital operations 'corrected' her into a boy but as she grew up it became apparent a mistake had been made. Now at 29 Adele is trying to transition into a woman, only to find she belongs somewhere in between. 1 in 2000 babies are born like Adele and she asks if it isn't time to make room in our society for more than two genders.When Adele was born they couldn't tell if she was a girl or a boy. A series of... more
Gender is not a static state of being.
Many of the documentaries I have seen about trans-folk tend to be very sterile. If my piece is successful, I hope that the viewer feels they have met someone that they can relate to. The social and political issues raised in this piece concern a lack of knowledge and respect for the welfare of a portion of our society in which gender is not a static state of being. Law enforcement and the medical community are insensitive, exploitative, and downright abusive to trans-folk.Gender is not a static state of being. Many of the documentaries I have seen about... more
One out of every one hundred babies are born with gender identity disorder. These transsexuals are not afflicted with an illness or disease, but rather have been assigned a natural hormone discrepancy that they must fight to overcome.One out of every one hundred babies are born with gender identity disorder. These... more