November 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Botswana High Court on Friday ruled that members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group could formally register their organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced. The ruling was made in response to a petition filed by Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana ( ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Malaysia's Court of Appeal in Putrajaya struck down an anti-crossdressing law on Friday. Each of Malaysia's thirteen states and three federal territories have laws prohibiting a man from "posing" as a woman, and three states prohibit a woman from posing as a man. Additionally the National Council ...[read more]
October 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Friday urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject proposed legislation institutionalizing discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Megan Miller
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Jamaica are facing violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "Not Safe at Home," summarizes findings during a five-week period last year through interviews with LGBT citizens and ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
JURIST Guest Columnist D'Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director of the National LGBT Bar Association discusses reasons why the "gay panic" defense should be outlawed...Just over a year ago, barely a dozen states recognized lesbian and gay marriages. Today, following a sea of change spurred on by rapidly ...[read more]
September 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released a video statement for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Core Group Ministerial Event on Thursday calling for an end to transphobia and homophobia. The UN has led by example in this arena, introducing measures to ensure fairer treatment of ...[read more]
September 16, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist Francesca Acocella, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses the recent decision by the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas to recognize transgender identity in determining the validity of marriage ...Think about all the times you need to show ID: seeing ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist, Graeme Reid, of Human Rights Watch, discusses the weakening of LGBT rights in international law ...For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people the law is a paradox. The law can operate as an instrument of repression and control, but also as a tool for ...[read more]
June 13, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Italy's Constitutional court ruled Wednesday that an Italian law that annuls a marriage once a partner undergoes a sex change operation is against the national interest because the couple may desire to stay together. Wednesday's ruling overturns a judgment from a lower court in Bologna in the case ...[read more]
April 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Supreme Court of India issued a ruling on Tuesday recognizing the country's large transgender population as a legal third gender. In so ruling, the court ordered that the government ensure that transgender people are not discriminated against and are eligible for government jobs and education ...[read more]

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