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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Guatemala: Transgender People Face Deadly Attacks
Press Release: Human Rights Watch

(New York)— The Guatemalan government must take immediate steps to stop a pattern of deadly attacks and possible police violence against transgender women and gay men, and end impunity for these crimes, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Guatemalan President Oscar Berger.

One transgender woman was murdered and another was critically wounded on December 17 when they were gunned down on a street in Guatemala City. Paulina (legal name Juan Pablo Méndez Cartagena) and Sulma (legal name Kevin Robles) were stopped by four men on motorcycles at an intersection in Guatemala City's Zone One, the center of the city.


Two thirds of LGBT teachers and lecturers have experienced harassment and discrimination at work because of their sexual orientation

Sixty seven per cent of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender teachers and lecturers who responded to a survey by Teacher Support Network have experienced harassment or discrimination at work because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.]
Eighty three per cent of these say they have experienced homophobic harassment or discrimination, including offensive ‘jokes’ or language, name calling, rumour spreading and abusive behaviour.


At 1:57 PM, Blogger poet CAConrad said...


On a happier note from South of the US border, in Venezuela, president Hugo Chavez and his many INVOLVED and CARING cabinet members are openly discussing trans health, trans protection, etc.

My very good friend Mary Kalayna has just returned from Venezuela where she attended the WORLD SOCIAL FORUM, and while there she heard much about trans issues, and other queer community issues.

Venezuela is a model REAL democracy, one that the USA needs to observe with an open mind.

Thanks, as always kari, for keeping us informed.
p.s. If interested, check out the PhillySound blog on February 28th to read an interview with Mary Kalayna on her trip to Venezuela. And my book review on a new book about Nora Castaneda, who is the president of the Women's National Bank of Venezuela.

At 5:28 AM, Blogger kari said...

thank you for the post..


At 3:27 PM, Blogger Kevin Doran said...

Is this harassment from other teachers, or students?

'46 per cent by colleagues, 37 per cent experienced it from their managers and 16 per cent from pupils’ parents.'

That is unbelieveable.


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