09 November 2017 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


Gemany officially recognising 'third sex' other than male and female
By The Independent, 09 Nov 2017

 The highest court in Germany has ruled that a third sex must be included on official documents, becoming the first European country to make the change. The Federal Constitutional Court has ordered the creation of a new term covering intersex people, using a “positive name for the sex” for birth certificates by the end of next year. The ruling came after an intersex person, who is neither a man nor woman according to chromosomal analysis, brought a legal challenge after attempting to change their registered sex to “inter” or “divers”.

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Political backlash over Italian LGBT campaigner's colorful grave
The Local.it , 09 Nov 2017

The centre-right Forza Italia party has called for restrictions on the colour schemes of grave sites in a northern Italian town in reaction to the brightly coloured grave of a gay rights activist.

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Pediatrics Bodies Support Intersex Child Autonomy
By Human Rights Watch, 08 Nov 2017

A new position statement by the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology represents a significant step toward ending medically unnecessary surgery on intersex children who are too young to consent, Human Rights Watch and interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth said today. The statement urged respect for the autonomy of intersex children and for their active participation in decisions about surgical procedures. The statement was endorsed by the Pediatric Endocrine Society, another major medical professional association. 

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LGBT Asians turning to marriages of convenience
By BBC, 08 Nov 2017

The number of LGBT people from South Asian communities going online to find gay partners of the opposite sex for sham marriages is "the tip of the iceberg", a campaign group claims. Human rights group Karma Nirvana says those seeking marriages of convenience do so because they fear being disowned. Several websites help gay British Muslims advertise for marital partners. The BBC spoke to a gay man from Leeds who had a marriage of convenience with a lesbian for eight years.

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