Catherine McGregor transitioned from male to female in 2012. (Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
Emily Sundberg | Yahoo Health | April 8, 2015
Australian military officer Catherine McGregor, considered the most prominent transgender woman in Australia, functioned as a male until just after her 56th birthday, she shared in a speech at a National Press Club event in Canberra, Australia this week.
“I choose the term ‘functioned’ advisedly, because my relationship to my birth gender was fraught from a very young age,” McGregor, who is a group captain in the RAAF Reserve, said during her speech, reported Buzzfeed.
For people who are transgender, there is a difference between that person’s physical gender and the gender he or she actually identifies with. Gender dysphoria is a diagnosis included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which says, “for a person to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, there must be a marked difference between the individual’s expressed/experienced gender and the gender others would assign him or her, and it must continue for at least six months.”
ILGA-Europe | March 30, 2015
On 26 March,ILGA-Europe and ENORB, the European Network on Religion and Belief, jointly organised a ground-breaking event to examine existing and proposed equality legislation in Europe.
The event aimed at identifying common experiences of discrimination between LGBTI people and religious and belief groups, gaining knowledge on EU anti-discrimination legal framework and exploring areas of potential tension in a spirit of dialogue and mutual understanding.
After presentations by Equinet and the European Commission on the EU anti-discrimination framework, participants brainstormed on their lived experiences of discrimination in the areas of health, education, employment and access to goods and services. In the afternoon, they worked on case-studies aiming at identifying together ways forward to overcome tensions and misunderstandings.
60 persons attended the event, representing ILGA-Europe and ENORB members, but also equality bodies, and policy makers at EU level.
Supreme Court judge Charalambos Machairas said unions between same-sex couples are groundless, in a decision addressed to the court’s political department on Monday.
The judge said the Supreme Court should sustain a previous ruling by an appeals court nullifying the marriage of two women by the former municipal authority on the island of Tilos in the summer of 2008.
The couple challenged the decision by invoking Article 12 of the European Convention of Human Rights, which does not exclude same-sex couples from the right to marry.
The European Court of Human Rights has fined Greece in 2013 for failing to protect the rights, including domestic partnerships, of the country’s homosexual community. The same court described that there was discrimination to same-sex couples.
Tony Blair. (photo: AP)
teleSUR | Reader Supported News | March 18, 2015
Lord John Prescott admitted that he and Tony Blair “were wrong” to invade Iraq.
former U.K. deputy prime minister has accused Tony Blair of radicalizing young British Muslims with his “bloody crusades.”
Speaking at fundraiser, Lord Prescott, who served as Blair’s deputy, admitted that the pair “were wrong” to invade Iraq.
“I was with Tony Blair on Iraq. We were wrong. They told us it wasn’t regime change. It was. And that’s exactly what the Americans have had. Now Tony, unfortunately is still in to that. I mean the way he’s going now, he now wants to invade everywhere,” Prescott said in remarks made last month but which came to light over the weekend.
George Roberts | Yahoo News | March 17, 2015
Indonesia’s council of Islamic scholars is recommending the government allow the death penalty for a range of sex crimes including abuse, indecency and gay and lesbian “activities”.
The country’s Ulema Council or MUI has issued a Fatwa banning gay and lesbian activities, due to what it calls an “increasing number of sex abuse cases”.
A spokesman also said there had been an increase in “reports of deviant behaviour” and a risk “control of society” would be lost.