In Iran, transgender people are legally recognized but socially marginalized. A theater collective in Tehran wants to change that by fighting against discrimination and stigmatization.
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Kashmir's LGBT+ community members are calling for the right to access health care and COVID-19 vaccines. They are also urging the government to set up support schemes as the pandemic takes a toll on their lives.
Iran's state subsidizes gender reassignment surgery while prohibiting homosexuality. A long and continuing history of activism has helped transgender people bolster their community despite the discrimination they face.
The suicide of Byun Hee-soo, a 23-year-old transgender soldier, has spurred calls for legislative reform in South Korea. Advocates have urged greater protections for LGBT+ people, both in the military and society.
The pandemic has resulted in reports of domestic violence and mental distress among LGBT+ people. Restrictions have made it more difficult to find partners because of virus fears and as many return to their family homes.
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