Israeli Police Attack on Transwoman ‘a prank’: Not a Hate Crime

An Israeli transgender woman was assaulted by a group of young masked men on Saturday morning, reports Israeli news source Haaretz. The suspects reportedly attacked the woman using pepper spray and a stun gun after leaving a nightclub in southern Tel Aviv early Saturday morning. Eleven men have been arrested in connection with the crime.  According to one local news outlet, Yavniton, between …

Call for participants: Sexualities in the teaching profession

Call for participants: Sexualities in the teaching profession – Ruth Simister, Masters Student in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology is currently conducting research about the workplace experiences of gay, bisexual, trans and queer men in the teaching profession for a Masters Degree project.

Sean Bean wins International Emmy for Trans role

British actor Sean Bean has won an International Emmy for his work in BBC One drama series Accused. The 54-year-old won for his portrayal of a teacher with a Trans alter ego in the Tracie’s Story episode of the Jimmy McGovern serial.

The Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards 2013

The Co-Operative Group Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards 2013 – get voting. The awards are very much back to basics. They are an opportunity for people from all over the UK (anyone in the world can vote too) to vote for their favourites in 27 diverse categories.

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

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.

USA – Teen who set fire to Berkeley student cites homophobia

USA – Teen who set fire to Berkeley student cites homophobia. The Alameda County District Attorney in California has charged 16-year-old Richard Thomas for a hate crime, along with aggravated mayhem and felony assault, for setting fire to 18-year-old Berkeley student Luke “Sasha” Fleischman on an AC Transit bus on 3rd November.

Speak out against the gender related bullying – Sponsored Silence from Gender Intelligence

Bullying can take many forms and when young trans people tell us that they feel consistently frightened and anxious about what their fellow students and teachers might say or do we know there is more work to be done. Gender Intelligence are carrying out ‘Stop Our Silence’ in Anti-bullying Week, 18th to 23rd November 2013. Ask your friends to sponsor you then make the donation online.

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.