Muay Thai fighter and transgender woman Somros Polcharoen is slowly making a name for herself in Thailand. Known as "Rose" in the ring, she is fighting to win - not just bouts but also the respect of her male opponents, fans and society in general.
The United Nations human rights committee has rejected a plan to delay the appointment of an expert on LGBTI rights. A draft African resolution was amended by Latin American states to delete the request.
The UN General Assembly has narrowly voted in favour of keeping its LGBTI envoy. A group of African countries opposing the move had argued that the envoy has no legal mandate.
African states have drafted a resolution, calling for the suspension of the UN's new LGBTI investigator. The 54-member Africa group says concentrating on gay rights takes away from other issues, including racism.
The US, EU and Canada are protesting the UN's decision to bar 11 NGOs from an AIDS conference. The UN has reportedly excluded LGBTI advocacy groups from Egypt, Guyana, Jamaica, Peru and Ukraine, among other nations.
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