07 November 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI Rights


'Stigma follows us': Cape Town's homeless, transgender women fight for recognition
Reuters, 06 Nov 2019

Beneath a bridge in the Cape Town suburb of Woodstock, a strung-together network of blankets serves as a refuge for a group of women fighting stigma on many fronts.
SistaazHood, a group of about 40 transgender women, most of them homeless and sex workers, has become a growing voice on issues such as transgender homeless shelters, the legalization of sex work and better access to healthcare.  

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Germany plans to ban gay 'conversion therapy'
Deutsche Welle, 04 Nov 2019

A draft law prohibits the therapy for all minors, with violators facing jail time. Health Minister Spahn said the ban sends a message to those struggling with their sexuality: "You're okay just as you are." The practice will be completely banned for all youths under the age of 18, the newspapers of the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reported, citing a copy of the draft law.

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Turkmenistan: Gay Man Missing After Coming Out Online
Human Rights Watch, 01 Nov 2019

A man is feared missing in Turkmenistan after he made his sexual orientation public, Human Rights Watch said today. The Turkmen government should urgently clarify whether the man, Kasymberdy Garayev, is in custody, and if he is, release him immediately and explain why he was being held. 

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Apple introduces non-binary emojis with new set of inclusive faces
The Guardian, 29 Oct 2019

Apple has expanded its emoji offerings on Monday to include non-binary versions of nearly every human emoji, including non-binary couple pairings. While celebrated, some in the LGBTQ community say it reinforces a fixed idea of what gender-neutral people should look like. 

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Thousands throng Taipei streets in East Asia's largest Pride march
Reuters, 26 Oct 2019

More than 100,000 people thronged the streets of Taiwan’s capital Taipei on Saturday for East Asia’s largest Pride march, months after the self-ruled island began formally allowing same-sex marriage, the first place in Asia to do so.  

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