Transgenders recognised as third gender [India]

In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court today held that transgender persons are to be recognised as a third gender and are entitled to the same Constitutional and legal rights as any other citizen.

The Court held that Articles 14, 15, 16, 19 and 21 do not exclude transgender persons from its ambit and take into account rights of "hijras" as well and hence, discrimination against them on the basis of their gender would be a violation of Constitutional mandate.


Anti-gay laws undermine fight against HIV/AIDS in Caribbean – experts

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Anti-gay laws and cultural attitudes are preventing the most vulnerable people accessing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes in parts of the Caribbean, UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has said.

With adult HIV prevalence at about one percent of the population, the Caribbean has the second highest infection rate of HIV/AIDS in the world after sub-Saharan Africa, according to UNAIDS. An estimated 250,000 people, including children, are infected with the virus in the Caribbean.


Sex Offenders No More? Iowa Reconsiders Tough Law on HIV Exposure


In 2006, a few years after Leslie Flaggs learned she had contracted HIV, she made a new friend at her church in Sioux City, Iowa. As her relationship with the man turned from Bible study to intimacy, Flaggs said, she revealed to him that she had the disease.

But the man went to police in May 2007 and said she hadn’t disclosed her HIV status until after they’d slept together. Flaggs says that because she feared the man – who was convicted of domestic abuse-assault for hitting her two weeks before he filed his complaint, according to court documents – she didn’t challenge his story to police.


Burma's homosexuality law 'undermining HIV and Aids fight'

A law criminalising "unnatural" sex is reinforcing the stigma that leaves gay men in Burma hidden, silenced and shamed, hindering efforts to contain HIV/Aids, claim experts and activists.

Monks, lawyers and the police are calling for the rarely enforced law – section 377 of the penal code, which dates from the British colonial era – to be used to imprison a gay couple who marked their 10th anniversary this month with a wedding-style event.


News Release: Botswana Government Ordered to Provide HIV Treatment to Non-Citizen Prisoners

Gaborone, 18 March – In another important legal victory for human rights in Botswana, the High Court in Gaborone yesterday ordered the government to provide HIV treatment to all non-citizen prisoners.

Prior to the court order, the government supplied non-citizen prisoners with treatment for opportunistic infections but not for HIV – leading to a significant deterioration in their health. Non-citizen prisoners were expected to pay for HIV treatment themselves.