International

Australian policies diverge on gender identity law

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July 24, 2012

This month Australia has taken one step forward, one step back in the area of gender identity law. Not surprisingly, the backward step was at the expense of a doubly marginalized group: trans people in prison. On July 5th the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled that transgender prisoner Thalia Sinden (identified in official documents […]

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Spanish court bars transgender asylum seeker

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July 22, 2012

Spain’s National Court (Audencia Nacional) has denied the asylum claim of a transgender Colombian national. The individual, whose identifying details were not reported in the original story by Spain’s El Diaro De Cádiz, had been living in Spain since 2000 but entered deportation proceedings in March 2011. Despite urging from no less an advocate than […]

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LGBT Law Update: Latin America

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July 20, 2012

A major breakthrough in sexual orientation law in Latin America occurred earlier this year: the ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that Chilean authorities unlawfully discriminated against Judge Karen Atala Riffo by denying her custody of her children based on her sexual orientation.  Now there is an English translation of the Atala decision; […]

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LGBT update: The European Court of Human Rights

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July 16, 2012

The European Court of Human Rights is a very active forum for LGBT-related cases this year. The Court’s web site and HUDOC database are comprehensive, easy-to-use resources for those wanting more details about these or other ECHR cases, but here’s a brief summary: As we reported last month, the Court ruled in favor of Moldovan LGBT advocacy organization GENDERDOC-M, who […]

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Moldova’s Mixed Bag

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June 13, 2012

LGBT activists in Moldova have reason to celebrate. Yesterday the European Court of Human Rights issued its ruling in favor of the GENDERDOC-M Information Center, an LGBT advocacy organization, who were banned from holding an anti-discrimination rally in May of 2005. The Court found that the Moldovan government had violated Articles 11 (freedom of assembly), […]

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Marry, and in any state church you want, Danish Parliament says

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June 8, 2012

Denmark has reasserted its leadership in LGBT rights this week. Lesbian and gay couples in Denmark now have full marriage rights, including the right conduct marriage ceremonies in the Evangelical Lutheran church (i.e. the Church of Denmark) of their choice. The legislation, though strongly opposed by some church leaders and the far-right Danish People’s Party, passed […]

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