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Indian transgender stands for office after landmark ruling

With a tight budget and a humble autorickshaw, a pioneering Indian transgender is campaigning in her southern hometown for a seat in parliament, just days after the country's highest court recognised "third gender" people. Describing the Supreme Court judge's ruling as a "milestone", 53-year-old Bharathi Kannamma hopes to build on the momentum and overturn prejudices against India's several million transgenders.

Indian top court recognizes transgenders in landmark ruling

NEW DELHI, April 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's top court on Tuesday recognized the country's long marginalized transgender community as a third gender and, in a landmark judgment lauded by human rights groups, called on the government to ensure their equal treatment. There are hundreds of thousands of transgenders in India, say activists, but because they are not legally recognized, they are ostracized, discriminated against, abused and often forced into prostitution.

India top court recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

India's highest court ruled Tuesday that a person can be legally recognised as gender-neutral, a landmark judgement that raises hopes of an end to discrimination against several million transgenders and eunuchs. The Supreme Court also said transgenders should be included in government welfare schemes offered to other minority groups in a bid to pull them out of the impoverished margins of Indian society. "Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights," Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan told the court while handing down the ruling.

U.S. anti-gay activist to appeal hate-speech border ban

REGINA - An American anti-gay activist says he plans to appeal a ruling by Canada Customs preventing him from entering the country under hate-speech laws. Peter LaBarbera says he was scheduled to speak at a pro-life meeting in Weyburn, Sask., this weekend when customs officials stopped him at the Regina airport. After he told the officials why he was coming to Canada, LaBarbera says they checked out his group's website and subsequently told him he may be breaking Canadian hate-speech laws.

Some gender options offered by Facebook

Earlier this year, Facebook added 58 custom options to its gender category. A sampling: Androgynous Bigender Cis (straight) Male Cis (straight) Female FTM (female to male transgender) Gender Fluid Gender Nonconforming Genderqueer Gender Questioning Intersex MTF (male to female transgender) Neutrois (neutral) Non-binary Trans Male (female to male transgender) Trans Female (male to female transgender) Two-spirit Pangender

Some gender options offered by Facebook

Earlier this year, Facebook added 58 custom options to its gender category. A sampling: Androgynous Bigender Cis (straight) Male Cis (straight) Female FTM (female to male transgender) Gender Fluid Gender Nonconforming Genderqueer Gender Questioning Intersex MTF (male to female transgender) Neutrois (neutral) Non-binary Trans Male (female to male transgender) Trans Female (male to female transgender) Two-spirit Pangender

Human rights complaints push for changes to sex on birth certificates

Renn Forsberg's family says that, in her heart and in her brain, their six-year-old is a girl. They want her birth certificate to reflect that. Better yet, they argue, the sex box now marked with an 'M' should be removed from the document altogether. The Saskatchewan family has filed one of several human rights complaints across the country that are prompting some provinces to rethink their rules about changing sex on birth certificates.

Belgian PM in gay rights plea to African leaders

Belgian Prime Minster Elio Di Rupo urged African leaders attending an EU-Africa summit to respect the rights of minorities, including those victimised for their sexual orientation. The remarks were made at a welcome dinner on Wednesday for some 80 EU and African leaders attending a summit including the presidents of Uganda and Nigeria, where draconian anti-gay laws were recently implemented to international outcry.

Weyburn group raises concerns over controversial conference speaker

WEYBURN, Sask. - A group calling itself Intolerance-Free Weyburn is raising concerns about the inclusion of an anti-gay activist as a guest speaker at a conference being held by the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association. Peter LaBarbera's organization, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, has been called a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Chris Brookes of Intolerance-Free Weyburn says they've launched an online petition to try and stop LaBarbera from attending the event.

Weyburn group raises concerns over controversial conference speaker

WEYBURN, Sask. - A group calling itself Intolerance-Free Weyburn is raising concerns about the inclusion of an anti-gay activist as a guest speaker at a conference being held by the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association. Peter LaBarbera's organization, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, has been called a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Chris Brookes of Intolerance-Free Weyburn says they've launched an online petition to try and stop LaBarbera from attending the event.
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