Obituary – Angela Clayton MBE

We’ve received the very sad news of the recent death of Angela Clayton MBE. Angela, who as a member of Prospect, was involved for many years with the TUC LGBT conference (as a delegate) and as a member of the TUC LGBT Committee. She was a powerful advocate for the rights of trans people, and was also a leading activist in the organisation Press for Change. Angela’s life will be remembered at the LGBT Conference this year

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International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today (20th November) is international Trans day of Remembrance, commemorating those killed by transphobia worldwide – 238 this year alone. Memorial services are planned worldwide, including one this evening in London (GMB event: Putting the T back in LGBT conference and vigil 20.11.13 contact Carl Banks gmbshout@hotmail.co.uk) Schools OUT UK’s Andrew Dobbin has written a piece looking at some Trans issues from an employment and educational viewpoint

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Bangladesh officially recognizes hijra as separate gender

Bangladesh officially recognizes hijra as separate gender – A third gender will recognize hijra, often seen as similar to trans or intersex people, in all official government documents.

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Through Her Eyes – a film about transphobia

Through Her Eyes – a film about transphobia. Lily Padma and Team are a small team of transgender volunteers working very long hours alongside normal jobs to produce a short film, and linked campaign. Their aim is to create a greater sense of empathy and understanding towards the trans* community; they want to reduce the number of young trans* individuals who have had to live through abuse and discrimination, as they have.

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Urge President Obama to pardon Chelsea Manning

Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is asking people to urge US President Obama to pardon Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of distributing US military secrets.

“Manning exposed human rights abuses by the US military. She is a courageous human rights defender and should not be in prison. One aspect of Manning’s commitment to human rights is her active support for LGBT equality. She participated in LGBT Pride marches and campaigned against the homophobic US military policy, ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’. In 2008, she attended a rally in New York to oppose attempts to ban same-sex marriage in California. The LGBT community should rally to support her. She is a hero,” said Mr Tatchell.

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USA Top 100 Trans

We Happy Trans, a website that celebrates the positive experiences of transgender people, and This is H.O.W., a Phoenix-based trans advocacy organization, have teamed up for the first-ever “Trans 100″ list. The list began as an idea by This Is H.O.W. Executive Director Antonia D’orsay, then developed in partnership with Jen Richards of We Happy Trans. A week ago, Trans 100 held …

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Polari Magazine

To celebrate LGBT History Month, 2013, Polari published a daily series of LGBT Heroes throughout February 2013, selected by the magazine’s team of writers and special contributors. There is also an interview with Elly Barnes, founder of Educate and Celebrate and a Schools OUT/The Classroom committee member. Read more by clicking here While you’re there, check out their other stuff.

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Christine Jorgensen

The story of Christine Jorgensen and the world’s first successful MtF gender reassignment op. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20544095

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Free Films for LGBT History Month

SCREEN AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM SERIES FOR FREE DURING LGBT HISTORY MONTH 2013   Are you planning your LGBT History Month events or got room for a special screening? Well, THE DEVOTION PROJECT – the brainchild of filmmaker Antony Osso – has teamed up with LGBT History Month so you can show these brilliant short films, exploring commitment and love within …

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