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Ugandan trans campaigner wants her community recognised in next census

Ugandan trans campaigner wants her community recognised in next census

ELIAS BIRYABAREMA CLEOPATRA Kambugu is a molecular biologist, the star of a Netflix documentary and a prominent social campaigner in Uganda. She was also assigned male at birth and became one of the first of a small number of Ugandans to have her gender identity officially changed. Now, she wants Uganda to widen the options at its next census in 2023 to include the transgender community. "We don't count transgender people on any document ... gender is either male or female," said 35-year-old Kambugu, her short floral dress swishing above black boots. "You are an afterthought ... erased. So can…
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LGBT+ funding seen lagging as COVID-19 stokes aid needs

LGBT+ funding seen lagging as COVID-19 stokes aid needs

HUGO GREENHALGH GLOBAL funding for LGBT+ issues is expected to lag demand for support as the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates the hardships and discrimination faced by gay, bisexual and transgender people, philanthropy researchers said on Thursday. A Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) survey of 24 major donors showed their funding for LGBT+ causes would rise to $90 million this year, up 20% from 2018 but unlikely enough to meet increased need during the COVID-19 crisis. "In terms of the human rights struggles and the new, significant demand of the humanitarian response – we don't see that will be met by the rate of growth…
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Transgender people still criminalised in 13 U.N. member states, report finds

Transgender people still criminalised in 13 U.N. member states, report finds

HUGO GREENHALGH AT least 13 United Nations member states still criminalise transgender people, while others use morality and indecency laws to crack down on the trans community, a report showed on Wednesday. Nigeria, Oman and Lebanon are among the nations with explicit anti-trans laws, according to the latest Trans Legal Mapping Report by LGBT+ rights group ILGA World. The research details trans legislation and policies in 143 U.N. member states and 19 other jurisdictions. Many other countries apply "seemingly innocuous" regulations covering offences such as "public nuisance, indecency, morality (and) loitering" to police trans communities, the report said. However, at…
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