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Recent Progress in Trans* Health Law: Sweden and the US

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February 13, 2013

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transgender-symbol

We have recently seen two long-overdue victories in the area of trans* health. Most notably, Stockholm’s Administrative Court of Appeals finally struck down Sweden’s indefensible–and remarkably culturally incongruous–law (text available in Swedish only) requiring that trans* people be sterilized before the government would issue them identity documents with their preferred sex indicated. This welcome ruling […]

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UN Human Rights Committee overturns Russia’s “public morality” speech restriction

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December 1, 2012

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unflag

Governments attempting to use the tired “public morality” excuse to curb LGBT-positive speech: you’re on notice. On November 19th the UN Human Rights Committee issued a landmark ruling in Fedotova v. Russia.  The plaintiff is a lesbian who was arrested and fined 1500 rubles in 2009 for displaying signs that read “Homosexuality is normal” and […]

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European Court of Human Rights orders damages for gay prisoner

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October 16, 2012

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ECHR-building-1

If we had to pick  the world’s most active legal forum for LGBT rights, it would be the European Court of Human Rights. Following is a summary of a decision from last week, plus three other cases in the pipeline. The Court has also published an excellent summary of its decided and pending sexual orientation-related […]

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Trans Rights Victories in Nepal

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October 9, 2012

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nepal-third-gender-citizenship-certificate

In a crucial test, Nepal’s government has agreed to issue a new citizenship certificate to Caitlin Panta, a nineteen-year-old who underwent sex reassignment surgery this past January (and was apparently the first Nepali citizen to do so). Although the process was fraught with bureaucracy, including an examination by a three-member panel to “confirm” Ms. Panta’s […]

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Ukraine Moves to Outlaw “Promotion of Homosexuality”

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October 8, 2012

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Ukraine-Rada-building

Another battle has erupted between an eastern European state and broader European norms regarding homosexuality. Last Tuesday, the Ukrainian Parliament voted to outlaw the “promotion of homosexuality.” By the end of the week, the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner warned that the legislation “runs counter toUkraine’s international commitments to ensure freedom of expression and information.” […]

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Latin American Reproductive Rights Update

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October 6, 2012

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flags-of-latin-america

Latin America has long been an area of the world with very weak reproductive rights protections. All too familiarly, strong religious and other socially conservative interests in most Latin American countries (Cuba being the most notable exception) have successfully framed abortion law as being about traditional morality and “family values,” not women’s safety, health, and privacy. A […]

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