The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #10
Denmark became the first European country to allow an individual to change gender without clinical diagnosis. Along with no psychological assessment or opinion necessary for a person to change their gender, the Danish parliament removed requirements such as medical intervention, compulsory surgical intervention and compulsory sterilization. The revised procedure goes into effect starting September 1st of 2014.
After waves of hate crimes committed against the LGBTQ community in Mongolia, the government will intervene with plans to protect the community. Homosexuality has been legal since 1961, but homophobic views have been rampant and the issue was only brought up to parliament for the first time last April. Mongolia’s Human Rights Commission found that 80% of the LGBTQ community has been subjected to a violation of their rights. A proposal by Justice Minister Kh Temuujin will have law enforcement agencies trained to recognize and report crimes motivated by discrimination and prejudice as well as stricter penalties for crimes and a greater compensation for victims.
The government of Gambia has plans to introduce to its Parliament a bill that will target those that promote drug abuse, homosexuality and other crimes. Momodou Sabally, Gambia’s Secretary General and Minister of Presidential Affairs, stated the country will not “import any western culture in exchange for foreign aid.” Homosexual acts have been criminalized since 1965 where the law sentenced men to 14 years in prison, with women being included in 2005. President Yahya Jammeh has stated that LGBTQ individuals are vermin and a threat to the world and has threatened to kill asylum seekers who cite the country’s anti-gay laws and tarnish his reputation.
We first reported that an unnamed trans teen girl was detained without criminal charges in a woman’s prison in April. The teen has now been accepted into a private youth treatment center in Massachusetts. Jane Doe, as she is known in court documents, has been subjected to sexual abuse and trauma and has a range of mental health needs.
Crystal Moore, who was fired two months ago for reasons that many suspect for being a lesbian, was going to be reinstated as police chief of Latta, South Carolina. The town had voted to strip Mayor Bullard of his powers, transferring his powers to the town council and reinstate Moore until WPDE reported that the mayor hired another police chief. At a meeting held mid-April, the council passed a hastily conducted ordinance that prevented the hiring of another chief; Bullard hired Freddie outside of the 60 day window. Moore believes Bullard’s hiring of Davis is retaliation for the government shake up.