Madhu Bai Kinnar, a low-caste transgender woman, was elected on Sunday to serve as mayor of Raigarh in Chhattisgarh, India. Continue reading
Last week, when transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn took her life by jumping in front of a trailer-tractor, initial headlines read that a “17-year-old boy” was killed on an interstate in Ohio. But when the Cincinnati Enquirer learned the full story — that Leelah was a transgender girl whose death was no accident — they turned to City Councilman Chris Seelbach for advice on how to proceed.
A petition to ban gender-conversion therapy, inspired by the death of transgender 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn, has garnered over 200,000 signatures in two days. Continue reading
Earlier today, Twitter user Red Durkin started the hashtag #RealLiveTransAdult — a conversation that encouraged transgender men and women to share their stories with transgender teenagers. Durkin started the hashtag in response to the suicide note left by transgender 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn, born Joshua. Continue reading
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, is the first Fortune 500 executive to come out. “I’m proud to be gay and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” wrote Cook in an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek about his sexual orientation. Gwen Ifill speaks with Kara Swisher of re/code about the significance of Cook’s public acknowledgement. Continue reading
This fall, Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts became the second all-women’s college in the U.S. to begin accepting applications from transgender students. Continue reading
Why did the Supreme Court refuse to hear appeals on same-sex marriage, and what does it mean for the future of this issue? Gwen Ifill sits down with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal for closer look at the court’s surprise decision, plus debate on its significance from Austin Nimocks of Alliance Defending Freedom and Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry. Continue reading
As HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths around the world fall, rates in Uganda have been on the rise in recent years. Part of the problem, according to many of the world’s top public health experts, is that the populations most at risk for HIV infection — including gay men and sex workers — face laws that do little but increase stigma, drive these groups underground and make them reluctant to seek life-saving diagnosis and treatment. Among the most problematic laws, they say, are the the U.S. “anti-prostitution pledge” and Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act. Continue reading