October 2015

The transgender revolution


It's in the air – and calling for a mindset reset. We track the course of transgender rights and their liberating potential for us all, with compelling contributions from trans writers and artists. The human rights of transgender people are routinely abused everywhere, but Brazil has the highest murder rate. From there, Amanda Palha analyses the roots of transphobia. And CN Lester lists '9 seriously easy things' non-trans people can do to help instead of hinder. That may involve letting go of some deep-set prejudices and fixed ideas about gender







Stories making the news this month
6 Under-mining global giant Vedanta
6 Spain’s radical housing fix
7 Life after rape in DRC
7 Introducing Pierre Nkurunziza
7 US victims of Agent Orange
8 Amnesty’s sex scandal
8 Defying the king of Swaziland
9 Hungary’s razor-wire welcome
9 Asia-Pacific trade deal talks stall
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story
10 The trans revolution
It’s about basic human rights – and relinquishing fixed ideas that are doing harm, argues Vanessa Baird.

15 9 seriously easy things to do… to support trans people
Advice from CN Lester.

16 Where the children lead
Marti Abernathey tackles the fraught issue of how best to help trans kids.

18 Transgender – the facts

20 Staying alive
Murder rates of trans people are high – but highest in Brazil.
Amanda Palha gets to grips with transphobia.

23 I am what I am
Eight people – and their experiences – from around the world.

26 Ma vie en jaune
Jennie Kermode on being intersex.

27 Action
Groups and resources.

30 A Mars bar from Tommy Chocolate
How is money – and debt – created? The answer, says Peter Stalker, may surprise you.

Mixed Media
32 Film reviews
99 Homes, directed by Ramin Bahrani; A Girl at My Door, directed by July Jung.

33 Music reviews
Ya Balad by Bachar Mar-Khalife; Try To Be Hopeful by The Spook School.

34 Book reviews
The Underground by Hamid Ismailov; The New Threat by Jason Burke; The Wikileaks Files by Wikileaks; and America’s Dreyfus by Joan Brady.
PLUS Also out there…

37 Kate Smurthwaite
Down with love.
PLUS: Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon.

4 Letters
Syrian tragedy; alternatives to capitalism; and shadowy co-ops.

5 Letter from Bangui
Giving a voice to the voiceless, Ruby Diamonde’s friend Tatiana is an inspiration.

28 Country Profile:

36 Southern Exposure
Daniel Patino Flor from Ecuador captures a moment of relaxation on Santay Island.

38 And Finally
Stories, silences and songs – Ethiopian musician Meklit Hadero talks to Graeme Green.




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