As Costa Rica’s prison system bursts at the seams after a decade of overcrowding, there are few set criteria concerning transgender inmates. Transgender prisoners are sent to a men’s prison or Costa Rica’s only women’s prison based on the sex the court system assigns them at the time of sentencing.
As part of its Free&Equal campaign, the United Nations has released an intersex fact sheet to help the public understand intersex human rights issues. The fact sheet includes a basic explanation of intersex and outlines many of the human rights issues faced by intersex people, including forced gender assignment surgery.
Today in Baghdad if you are a young man who is at all different from what is considered the norm or you disagree with the militias, you might have a big problem. That’s whether you’re overtly different—for example, you're an atheist or you're gay—or if you’re just subtly different.
Though news broke just last week that Malawian President Peter Mutharika had plans to hold a nationwide referendum on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, a State House spokesperson says that Mutharika does not have the authority to hold such a referendum.
There is no doubt that the latest wins achieved by the LGBT community opened another chapter for the equality movement, and created new expectations. While marriage equality in the U.S. and Ireland has drawn attention to the LGBT situation around the world, there has been increased interest both within the community and from allies regarding next steps.