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“The act is a beacon of hope,” said an European LGBT leader in response to the law passed Wednesday in the Malta, whose Constitution officially deems the country Catholic.
The Mediterranean country of Malta adopted the world’s most progressive gender identity law on Wednesday in a final vote by the country’s parliament on Wednesday.
The law is the latest in a series of LGBT rights laws ushered in by the Labour Party after taking power in 2013, a dramatic about-face for the country which has a constitution establishing Catholicism as the official religion.
(New York)—The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) celebrates the unanimous passage of the “Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act, 2015” by the Parliament of Malta today. The new law enshrines the right to gender identity recognition and introduces anti-discrimination measures, allowing Maltese citizens to self-determine their gender identity and legally change their first name and gender marker without requiring any medical diagnosis or treatment.
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Transgender people in Malta will no longer need to have surgery, sterilization and a diagnosis of mental illness to legally change gender under a law passed on Wednesday, which rights groups hailed as a new benchmark for LGBTI rights in Europe.
The majority of countries in Europe require transgender people to undergo a series of medical procedures, be diagnosed with a mental disorder and get divorced if married in order to have their desired gender legally recognized by the government.
Joanne Cassar got married in a small town in eastern Malta last night, capping a 9-year battle to win that right as a transgender woman in the deeply Catholic country. Today, Joanne and others in the Mediterranean nation had even more to celebrate as the government passed a long-overdue progressive gender recognition law, heralding important gains on transgender and intersex rights.
Tomorrow – 17 May – is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (Idaho). On days like these, politicians need to reflect on whether they have worked to enhance equality or played safe and, possibly, let vulnerable communities fall by the wayside.
I believe that equality cannot be a la carte. It either is, or is not. It is important to have conviction and a clear strategy.
Ban Ki-moon observed that, “In all parts of the world today, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experience discrimination in every aspect of daily life… We have a long road ahead. It will not be easy. But we must ask ourselves: Do we want to live in a world where love is targeted or where it is celebrated; where people live in fear or in dignity?”
BRUSSELS - Green, left and Liberal MEPs led the way on gay rights in the outgoing European Parliament, but right-wing populists could hold them back in future.
A new study by the LGBT Intergroup in the European Parliament, a cross-party body, shows the political bloc voted in huge numbers in favour of the minority on more than 250 occasions between 2009 and 2014.
IRELAND HAS DROPPED five places in terms of legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Europe.
Ireland is now 22nd in Europe, dropping from 17th last year.
We have been passed out by countries like Malta and Montenegro who are making significant strides in achieving legal equality for LGBTI people.
Malta has jumped upward in an annual ranking on gay rights, but many of Europe’s micro-states lag behind the norm, while Russia actively promotes homophobia.
The 2014 review and colour-coded map of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) rights in Europe points to mixed results in terms of improvements on a political, social, and legal level.
In two weeks’ time, all of us in the European Union are asked to vote for the next European Parliament. Check out our Come Out and Vote video with help from prominent celebrities, politicians and LGBTI activists...watch who it is here!
Washington, D.C., 17 May 2012 (PAHO/WHO) — Services that purport to "cure" people with non-heterosexual sexual orientation lack medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said in a position statement launched on 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia.
Four South African men have been sentenced to 18 years in jail for stabbing and stoning to death 19-year-old lesbian Zoliswa Nkonyana in 2006.
The court found that the men killed Ms Nkonyana because she was living openly as a lesbian.
A crowd outside the court in Khayelitsha, a Cape Town township, cheered and danced at the sentencing.
The Tony Award–winner talks about her favorite gay icon, the silliness of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and what’s really threatening traditional marriage.
US President Barack Obama says he is "still working" on his personal view of gay marriage. A year ago, he said his views on the issue were "evolving".
A church minister in Aberdeen has resigned over the issue of gay clergy. Reverend Peter Dickson, of High Church in Hilton, said he felt "genuine sorrow" at taking the decision. He said that the decision to accept openly gay clergy meant his position was becoming "untenable".
A classmate of New York schoolboy Jamey Rodemeyer has been suspended for chanting that the bullied gay teenager was "better off dead". The student made the taunts at a Williamsville North High School dance attended by Jamey's sister.
An American study says that openly gay men are less likely to be called back for job interviews - particularly in the South and Midwest. The research found that CVs which indicate an applicant is gay are 40 per cent less likely to be granted an interview than those which do not.
Sean Maher made headlines last week when he became the latest Hollywood actor to come out. With a film and TV career spanning 14 years, he is perhaps best known for his role in Firefly and its movie sequel, Serenity. He currently stars in NBC’s The Playboy Club. Laurence Watts caught up with him to discuss the public’s...
Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, the UK's first gay surrogate dads, have been accused of faking the results of clinical trials. The couple, who are parents to five children, including two sets of twins, deny five counts of contravening the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations.
While gay and bisexual men who have had sex with other men are not allowed donate blood, some in Ohio are finding alternative ways to help others in need.
A transgender woman from Carlisle has told how she was subjected to transphobic abuse as she walked through the city centre.
A high school student in Madisonville, Tenn., said he was verbally and physically assaulted by his principal last week for wearing a T-shirt supporting the establishment of a gay-straight alliance at Sequoyah High School.
Russian police detained dozens of anti-gay protesters
A look at hundreds of gay rights supporters in a fight for equal rights dance and cheer during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.
From December, gay parents applying for passports for their children will not have to list themselves as 'mother' and 'father'. The Identity and Passport Service said the amendments would be made to accommodate gay and lesbian parents applying for passports on behalf of the children.
Barack Obama has criticised Republican presidential candidates for staying silent when a gay soldier was booed at an Orlando debate. Stephen Hill, who is stationed in Iraq and spoke via a videolink, was booed for asking whether the candidates would reinstate the ban on openly gay troops.
Herman Cain, now surging in polls, thinks it would have been a good idea for the Republican presidential candidates to speak up when a debate audience booed a gay soldier last month.
Brooke, a transgender woman, is a third-generation firefighter and the first openly transgender person to serve with the FDNY, an organization that struggles with claims about lack of diversity.
Serbian police have arrested six suspected anti-gay extremists in connection with attempts to disrupt a Pride march. The march, which was to be held yesterday in Belgrade, was cancelled by police over fears of mass violence.
Gov. Martin O’Malley appears in the first video of the new series that aims to increase public support for marriage equality legislation.
90210's departing gay character Teddy (Trevor Donovan) will marry his boyfriend in a Las Vegas ceremony officiated by an Elvis impersonator.
One of North Carolina's Tea Party favorites has surprised Republicans by saying she won't vote for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage proposed in her state because it goes too far.
If you’re planning on appearing in a pornographic movie, please leave at least part of your military uniform at home.
There are fears that a serial killer may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg, South Africa. Four gay men have been discovered bound and strangled in their homes in the last ten months.
Rocketman, a film biography of Elton John, is being prepared for the big screen and may employ multiple actors to play the chameleon-like musician at various stages of his career.
A gay Tennessee couple allege they were beaten as they tried to attend services at Grace Fellowship Church in Fruitland — and that the assault was prompted by the father of one of them, who happens to be church’s pastor.
Lady Gaga says it's fair to read Jo Calderone, her male alter ego, as a trans man.
Country singer Toby Keith, who once blasted the Dixie Chicks for speaking out against President Bush, now says he doesn't understand why some people are bothered by same-sex marriage, though he worries about gays in the military.
Some people don't want Ricky Martin to visit Honduras this month as part of his world tour, but it's not entirely clear if it's right-wing religious leaders or government officials objecting.
The star of HBO's Hung discusses exploring his sexual identity when he was young, poor, and homeless after first moving to Los Angeles.
Four gay men in Johannesburg, South Africa, have been brutally murdered in the last 10 months.
Work will begin on Spain's first gay and lesbian retirement home in the coming weeks. The December 26th Foundation in Madrid is named after the 1979 date when General Franco's anti-gay law was repealed.
The president told ABC News that he is "still working" on his stance on same-sex marriage and that his gay friends are playing a role in his decision-making.
Antigay North Carolina state senator James Forrester, accused of falsifying some of his medical credentials, is blaming the whole thing on the gays.
The government has tabled amendments to remove convictions of gay men convicted of now-legal sex acts. The promise to remove such criminal records announced by the Conservative Party before last year's election.
Montana antigay activist Harris Himes, accused of running a fraudulent investment scheme, says he’s the victim of a conspiracy by gay advocates.
A first for any candidate? Bevan Dufty and his daughter Sidney ride the Muni system in a televised campaign ad for his San Francisco mayoral bid.
The AIDS Institute said the House's proposal for 2012 HIV/AIDS spending will impede prevention by banning federal funding for needle exchanges and resurrecting abstinence-only programs.
Just before announcing his candidacy for president, the Texas governor held a controversial prayer rally in partnership with the American Family Association, an antigay "hate group" as determined by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Following on the heels of the United States, which in June began issuing gender-neutral passport applications and citizenship forms for children of American parents born out of the country, passport forms in the U.K. are being updated to include options for same-sex parents.
The CEO of Fifteen Minutes Public Relations, who has helped celebrities ranging from Chaz Bono to Chely Wright tell their unique stories, has named Bill Harrison as his replacement.
President Barack Obama blasted GOP presidential candidates for the now infamous booing incident of a gay soldier at a Republican debate while touting his LGBT rights accomplishments at the Human Rights Campaign’s 15th annual national dinner Saturday.
The Associated Press reports that several men were detained Saturday after they hurled tomatoes at rally attendees and "[unfurled] posters with pejorative remarks about homosexuality."
Two of the leading operatives for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act are a political odd couple that no one could have predicted back in 1996 when one of them was helping to write the bill.
"I think that it just fundamentally goes against everything we know,” the thrice-married presidential candidate said Friday during a campaign appearance in Iowa.
Pastor Tom Brown of Word of Life Church is on a mission to ensure that city workers in domestic partnerships don’t retain equal health insurance benefits — and to oust local lawmakers who believe otherwise.
National figures released earlier this week show a greater willingness from gay and lesbian couples to stand up and be counted.
Bryan Michael Egnew, who committed suicide last month, had been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after he came out; as a result, advocates are calling on Mormon leaders to better serve and accept gay church members.