European Court of Human Rights confirms forced divorce of trans people is legal

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Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their new gender recognised, European judges have ruled.

On Wednesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) declared the divorce requirement for married people who wish to change their legal gender does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

Judges in Strasbourg presided over the case of Finnish national Ms Hämäläinen, who was born male and married to a woman. After undergoing gender confirmation surgery in 1996, she wished to bring her official documents in line with her new gender.

However, the local registry office refused to register her as female, unless her wife consented to the marriage being turned into a civil partnership

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Study: One in ten gay people face discrimination when arranging a funeral

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A survey published today has revealed that 10% of gay, lesbian and bisexual people have experienced discrimination either at a funeral or whilst arranging one.

The study was conducted by Stonewall and The Co-operative Funeralcare, and also found that 48% of LGB people lived in fear of discrimination when dealing with bereavement.

55% of respondents over 45 said they had no financial provision in place for their own funeral.

The most likely people to discriminate against people with same-sex partners were family members and religious leaders.

Out of the respondents, 24% said they thought they would face barriers when planning a funeral, and 23% said they were worried about being treated poorly by a funeral director.

Ruth Hunt, Acting Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: “Many older lesbian, gay and bisexual people grew up in a time when they were discriminated against and persecuted simply because of who they are. It’s therefore hardly surprising that so many feel reluctant to access services to help them plan for later life.

“At Stonewall we know that we stand on the shoulders of a generation whose tireless work helped to change Britain and the world for the better. We now have a responsibility to make sure that they receive the help and support they deserve for themselves and their families. That is why we’re working with community groups and faith organisations to help make this a reality.”

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Malawi to stop arresting people for having gay sex

No more people will be arrested under the country’s anti-gay law during a review Share on WhatsApp 4 reader comments

Malawi has announced that it will stop arresting people for having gay sex, and will review its anti-gay laws.

Responding to questions from the UN Human Rights Committee, Justice Minister Janet Chikaya-Banda said the country would stop arresting people for same-sex acts while a review of the country’s anti-gay laws is completed. 

She said the review had stalled due to financial constraints, despite a ruling last autumn by the High Court to review the constitutionality of the laws.

The ruling came after three men sentenced under the country’s anti-gay laws began an appeal to the High Court.

In May 2012, President Joyce Banda initially pledged to repeal the laws, but later declared that Malawi was

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Singapore: National Library Board ‘saddened’ that people oppose them destroying ‘gay’ books

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Singapore’s National Library Board says it is ‘saddened’ at people’s adverse reaction to the removal and destruction of gay-themed books.

Earlier this week the Board this week decided to remove and destroy all copies of And Tango Makes Three, a children’s book based on a true story about two male penguins who raise an abandoned penguin chick together at the New York Zoo.

Two other same-sex family themed books, The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption, and Who’s In My Family: All About Our Families were also withdrawn and pulped.

The move led to widespread criticism online, with many writers and rights groups attacking the decision as an act of censorship

The Board’s chief executive Elaine Ng told the Straits Times following the outrage: “I’m saddened by their disappointment in us. I would like to engage those who have worked with us for a long time and hope they will accept our outstretched hands in future.

“I understand that this is an issue that people feel strongly about but please, please also look to all the good things NLB has done over the years.

“NLB has done a lot over many years to build trust in the community and we want to continue working hard to build that trust and see what we can do to reclaim the trust of those who feel disappointed in us.”

49-year-old writer Cheong, who is protesting the move, said: “The only way forward is for NLB to at least recognise that pulping books is irrational and unacceptable, that there are ways these books can still be saved and made available to parents who would like to borrow them.”

Section 377A of the Singaporean Penal Code forbids male same-sex acts, although female same-sex sexual activity was legalised in 2007.

Although the law is sporadically enforced, a constitutional challenge against it was dismissed by courts last year.

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World Health Organization: HIV prevention urgently needed for MSM and transgender people

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the global fight against HIV risks stalling without stronger preventative treatments for transgender people and gay and bisexual men.

As well as offering medical advice, WHO has recommended that countries

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