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New Zealand to leave gender and sexuality out of 2018 Census

New Zealand to leave gender and sexuality out of 2018 Census

The New Zealand government has decided that questions of sex, sexuality, and gender will be left out of the 2018 census following 2016 and 2017 data collected having been ruled invalid on “statistical grounds”. Statistics Minister James Shaw explained the decision last Monday to The AM. “The problem is that people put down different answers, […]

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President Obama recognises transgender mothers

President Obama recognises transgender mothers

The President of the USA Barack Obama has recognised transgender mothers in his official Mother’s Day proclamation. In a his weekly video address to the nation yesterday President Obama spoke of the importance of recognising the role all mother’s played in our lives. President Obama said that included biological parents, adoptive parents or just mentors. […]

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Target USA assert that people may use bathroom that fits their gender

Target USA assert that people may use bathroom that fits their gender

Department store giant Target have released a statement in the USA confirming their position on bathroom policy amidst a heated national debate. Target have made it known that transgender staff and shoppers are welcome to use the restroom or fitting room that fits their own gender identity. Some US States, namely Mississippi, Tennessee and North […]

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Patient Definitions: A Story of Gender Identity

Patient Definitions: A Story of Gender Identity

When I was young I would crush the edge of my boater against the school bus window and daydream about a table. Seated around it was a more elegant version of my older self, a man and two children. I lack details beyond the vague suggestion of shape and our relationship to one another, but […]

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World First: Malta to Outlaw Unnecessary Surgery on Intersex Minors

World First: Malta to Outlaw Unnecessary Surgery on Intersex Minors

Last week Malta became the first country to make illegal unnecessary surgical interventions on intersex minors. The Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act was passed by the Maltese parliament with cross party support. The bill states in part: ““It shall be unlawful for medical practitioners or other professionals to conduct any sex assignment […]

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Activists Share What It’s Like to Be Intersex

Activists Share What It’s Like to Be Intersex

A group of interex people shared their experiences and answered some common questions about what it’s like to be intersex in a video from BuzzFeed. The video features Pidgeon Pagonis, Emily Quinn,  artist Sean Saifa Wall and Alice Alvarez, all of whom are members of Inter/Act, a youth group for people with intersex conditions. In […]

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Russia to Restrict Transgender People from Driving

Russia to Restrict Transgender People from Driving

  In Russia, the government has issued a decree providing a list of “mental disorders” that disqualify operating motor vehicles. The decree, which was signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on December 29th, includes being transgender or having a non-binary gender identify as grounds for being prohibited from driving a motor vehicle. According to Mashable, […]

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