Transgender Man Wins Recognition in Botswana

The global fight from LGBT rights has largely moved away from the Western hemisphere and is now developing countries are increasingly the battleground of equality. One such area is the African continent, where only one nation-state, South Africa, has legalised same-sex marriage. Additionally, in parts of Africa homosexual acts can be punished by execution or mob violence can spontaneously erupt against LGBT individuals. When African countries make headlines in this area we often see reports of religious fundamentalists talking about how it is unnatural to be LGBT or inciting violence against sexual minorities. However in the last week we have something encouraging from Botswana.

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High Court Overrides Labour NEC Decision

When the Labour leadership election was called the NEC established some arbitrary rules about who could and who couldn’t vote. At the time I met the following prediction: “I am fully confident that a legal challenge will defeat this decision”. Today the High Court agreed with my amateur legal opinion and has ruled that Labour members who have joined since the January 1st should be allowed to vote in the upcoming leadership election. The Corbyn campaign welcomed the decision however the barrister representing the Labour┬áNEC has appealed the decision.

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