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Human rights lawyer urges Japan to end forced sterilisation of trans people

An international human-rights lawyer has called on Japan to end its “regime” of forcing sterilisation on trans people. Michael Kirby, 80, who is co-chair of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute and a former justice of the Australian High Court, said there is “no excuse” for Japan’s failure to reform its gender recognition laws. “The purpose of law is to protect people and organise society according to principles of justice. There is nothing protective or just about Japan’s Gender Identity Disorder Special Cases Act. “It needs to be revised...
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Meet the trailblazing gay, two-spirit doctor who’s dedicated his life to treating trans patients

A two-spirit doctor in Canada has dedicated his life to treating young trans patients and teaching them about being two-spirit – an umbrella term used by many indigenous LGBT+ people. Doctor James Makokis came out as gay at 17-years-old to a father who struggled to accept him. Now 37, Makokis is a First Nations family doctor from Saddle Lake Cree Nation who identifies as two-spirit. Two-spirit, which is a term that goes back to pre-colonial third-gender roles, is used by indigenous people who identify with both masculinity and femininity. Although...
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More than 13,500 trans and non-binary adults are on gender clinic waiting lists: ‘Life is pretty much hell’

More than 13,500 trans and non-binary adults are on a waiting list for an NHS gender-identity clinic in England. The figure comes from new BBC research, which also found that some people are waiting three years for their first appointment at a clinic. NHS guidelines say it should be no longer than 18 weeks between getting a referral from a GP to being seen by a doctor at one of the specialist clinics – meaning that some trans and non-binary patients are waiting more than eight times longer than is...
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Pakistan takes serious steps towards ending discrimination by extending free healthcare to trans people

Pakistan has extended free healthcare to transgender citizens for the first time, in a move that will help lessen discrimination against trans people. All trans people in Pakistan will now be eligible for free medical treatment, including transition-related care. The government is giving trans people a special health card that will give them access to an existing government health insurance scheme, which was introduced in 2015 to provide health cards for those earning less than $2 a day, although trans people will not face that financial test. Prime minister Imran...
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Trans man has baby with non-binary partner, with the help of female sperm donor and trans doctor

A trans man has said he “finally feels complete” after having a baby with his non-binary partner, with the help of a trans doctor and using a female sperm donor. According to the Sunday Mirror, Brighton wedding photographer Reuben Sharpe, 39, began taking hormones as part of his transition 12 years ago. Around six years later, he realised that he wanted to have children and sought the help of a trans doctor to see if it would be possible for him to carry his own child. The doctor assured him...
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