For strategic reasons, India’s first school for transgender school dropouts will accept not only students who are transgender, but also applicants from other rejected minorities.
Saudi police arrested about 35 Pakistanis, including many trans women, during a raid in Riyadh that disrupted a ceremony in which members of the Pakistani transgender community choose their gurus. Pakistani activists claimed that two of the women were killed by police — a claim denied by Saudi officials.
Advocates for queer liberation need to nurture a new generation of grassroots leaders who are well-versed in local culture, says Sri Lankan trans researcher Chamindra Weerawardhana. Only they can refute the conservative argument that LGBTQI rights are an unwelcome Western neocolonialist import.
Human Rights Watch has appealed for Malaysian authorities to seek to regain the trans community’s trust by thoroughly investigating and then prosecuting the murderers of a trans woman on Feb. 23.
Manvendra Singh Gohil, an openly gay member of an Indian royal family, is working hard to end anti-gay stigma and turn back the AIDS epidemic, Agence France-Presse reports via the Indian publication FirstPost.
Russian official have blocked plans for Pride marches at nine locations, including one in Salekhard, at the Arctic Circle.
Indonesian police are working with militant Islamists to curtail the human rights of LGBT Indonesians, Human Rights Watch says. In a news dispatch, HRW reported:
A Malaysian appeals court has overturned a High Court ruling that would have allowed a trans man to change the name and gender on his national identity card. The trans advocacy group Justice for Sisters called the decision ignorant and appalling.
Kyrgyzstan has amended its constitution to ban same-sex marriage, but continues to delay action on a proposed Russian-style law against “gay propaganda.”
An Indian couple married in late December in what apparently was the first public transgender wedding in the nation’s largest city, Mumbai.