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‘Yogyakarta Principles’ a Milestone for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights; Experts Set Out Global Standards for Sexual Rights and Gender Equality.

A groundbreaking set of principles on sexual orientation, gender identity, and international law is a landmark advance in the struggle for basic human rights as well as gender equality, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership said today. November 15, 2005--Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia--Malaysia Voids Transsexual's Marriage.

The document, known as the Yogyakarta Principles after the city where it was adopted, was launched today in Geneva by a group of 29 international human rights experts. The Malaysian government has refused to recognize a marriage between a man and his transsexual spouse - believed to be the first such union in this mostly Muslim country. March 2, 2007--United Kingdom--New Research Report released, "Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People’s Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination." Authored by Stephen Whittle, Lewis Turner and Maryam Al-Alami, this 95 page report was commissioned by the UK Government's Equalities Review.

While the Board did vote to allow new birth certificates to be issued with a transgender person’s new gender marked on them, they rejected a common sense medical recommendation to better recognize a person’s transition from one gender to another. November 2006--New York, NY--New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering a rule change that would allow transgender people born in NYC to have their birth certificates amended.

For more information, visit the FAQ on the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's site here.

The document, known as the Yogyakarta Principles after the city where it was adopted, was launched today in Geneva by a group of 29 international human rights experts. Juang, and Shannon Price Minter is a finalist in the 2007 Lambda Literary Awards.

March 2, 2007--United Kingdom--New Research Report released, "Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People’s Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination." Authored by Stephen Whittle, Lewis Turner and Maryam Al-Alami, this 95 page report was commissioned by the UK Government's Equalities Review.

September 21, 2006--West Chester, PA--West Chester is the newest community in Pennsylvania to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in housing, employment, and public accommodations. April 19, 2006--Bloomington, IN--Bloomington Second Indiana City to Provide Gender Identity Protections.

Bloomington has become the second Indiana city to provide civil-rights protections based on gender identity.

This change means that Bloomington city code will treat "gender identity" as a category protected against discrimination, just like race, religion, disability, sex and sexual orientation.

The Bloomington City Council vote was preceded by two years of broad community advocacy.

September 21, 2006--West Chester, PA--West Chester is the newest community in Pennsylvania to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in housing, employment, and public accommodations. "If people are not treated, they suffer tremendously," said Minter.