Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla has issued two executive orders that recognize transgender people's rights in the U.S. commonwealth. One specifically prohibits hospitals from discriminating against potential patients based on their gender identity in emergency rooms. The second allows trans Puerto Ricans to change their gender on drivers’ licenses.
Human Rights Watch is awarding Nisha Ayub with the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. Ayub works with the group Justice for Sisters (JFS) and "has championed the rights of transgender people in Malaysia through support services, legal and policy analysis, and public outreach."
Early August is a special time for Jamaicans. The "Emancipendence" holidays celebrate both the end of slavery in 1838 and the country’s break away from British colonial rule in 1962. This year, LGBTI Jamaicans also celebrated their pride with a week of festivities.
In the past two weeks, viral videos from Ukraine, Russia, and Israel have shown us how dangerous it can be for gay men to holds hands in public. But a new version of the same "social experiment" out of Portugal offers some hope for LGBTI people, and for humanity.
2015 has been a big year for Angeline Jackson. On April 9, just over two years after co-founding Quality Citizenship of Jamaica (QCJ) – the only organization in Jamaica dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian and bisexual women – Jackson was personally applauded by President Obama as he spoke at a town hall meeting in Kingston.
Since then, her work and name have become prominent fixtures in the international LGBTI rights arena.