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During COVID-19, trans people in India came together to keep each other alive

Trans people have lost access to public spaces and places, which has made it difficult for them to earn their living.

Trans people have a long history in Appalachia -- but politicians prefer to ignore it

The ongoing debate over transgender rights in rural America frames transness as a nascent movement, ignoring a long undercurrent of transgender history that is all but forgotten.

The furore over Miss South Africa's decision to compete in Israel: here's a feminist critique

The objectification of women’s beauty measured by competitive processes, linked specifically to the body, strengthens patriarchal norms.

The people most at risk of HIV in Kenya aren't using preventive drugs: we asked why

Stigma and criminalisation of same-sex relationships makes it difficult for transgender women and men who have sex with men to seek preventive services. This compounds their risk for HIV infection.

Schools can still expel LGBTQ+ kids. The Religious Discrimination Bill only makes it worse

The Religious Discrimination Bill does nothing to protect LGBTQ+ students and teachers. It will allow more, not less, discrimination by religious schools.

A win for transgender athletes and athletes with sex variations: the Olympics shifts away from testosterone tests and toward human rights

A new IOC framework aims to ensure everyone can practice sport safely and free from harassment, irrespective of their gender or sex-linked traits.

Transgender and gender diverse teens: How to talk to and support them

Two experts on transgender youth share how to talk about gender and support trans youth.

What are gender pronouns and why is it important to use the right ones?

It only takes a few seconds to ask ‘what pronouns do you use’, but knowing and using a person’s correct pronouns can have a big impact on their mental health.

LGBTQ+ people are being ignored in the national discussion on family and sexual violence

LGBTQ+ communities experience violence and abuse at similar, if not greater rates than cisgender, heterosexual women. Their stories need to be heard.

LGBTIQ+ people are being ignored in the census again. Not only is this discriminatory, it's bad public policy

Despite the ABS itself saying that collecting data on LGBTIQ+ communities is of ‘national importance’, these questions have been left off the census again — for no good reason.

Adichie and Emezi: ignore the noise, pay attention to the conversation

The public politics of African writers has been in the spotlight again due to the bitter disagreement between Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Akwaeke Emezi over transgender issues.

No, you can't identify as 'transracial'. But you can affirm your gender

An online influencer’s desire to identify as ‘transracial’ reveals their own racism, transphobia and privileged perspective.

Transgender medicine – what care looks like, who seeks it out and what's still unknown: 3 essential reads

Across the US, politicians, activists and transgender people are fighting over the right to access transgender medical care. Rarely is the care itself actually discussed. This is that discussion.

What is the religious exemption to Title IX and what's at stake in LGBTQ students' legal challenge

Around 100,000 LGBTQ US students study at religious institutions that can legally discriminate against them. A lawsuit seeks to end that religious exemption but faces an uphill struggle.

Pride and prejudice: With only 9 LGBTQ criminal record expungements, what’s to celebrate?

The Expungement Act was a centrepiece of the federal government’s apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians. But figures indicate only nine people have successfully had their convictions cleared.

Nearly 10% of youth in one urban school district identify as gender-diverse, new study finds

The proportion was the largest the study’s authors had ever seen.

Trans kids in the US were seeking treatment decades before today's political battles over access to health care

Few trans kids in the early 20th century had access to information about trans life. That they still faced down the judgment of parents and doctors is a testament to the truth of their dysphoria.

How 'allyship' can make LGBT+ staff feel less excluded in the work place

Companies need to make sure every voice is heard.

How the bulletin board systems, email lists and Geocities pages of the early internet created a place for trans youth to find one another and explore coming out

For trans youth who couldn’t be themselves in real life, the internet became a place for connection and self-expression.

Trans moms discuss their unique parenting challenges during the pandemic – and what they worry about when things go back to 'normal'

Job loss and reduced earnings can exacerbate existing power imbalances trans people may face in their personal relationships.

Striking a balance between fairness in competition and the rights of transgender athletes

Since there is no typical transgender athlete, broad rules don’t seem appropriate. But that’s exactly what legislation seeks to do.

Sex work, part of the online gig economy, is a lifeline for marginalized workers

More people are getting involved in sex work, especially online – and it can be a lifeline for marginalized people.

Doctors treating trans youth grapple with uncertainty, lack of training

Because little scientific evidence exists for trans medical treatments, doctors are often wary when working with trans people, even if they realize it’s in the patients’ best interests to do so.

Two classes of trans kids are emerging – those who have access to puberty blockers, and those who don't

Puberty-suppression therapy gives trans teens the gift of time and the ability to attain a more desirable appearance.

How to tell if your college is trans-inclusive

These are some of the key features and policies that trans prospective students may want to consider in their college exploration process.