- South Korea’s supreme court ruled on Thursday that transgender individuals’ have the right to change their legal sex status, even if they have children who are minors.
- The ruling stems from a 2019 case in which a woman was denied being able to change her legal gender status in a family and appellate court solely because she had underage children, NPR reported.
- The court’s decision only applies to single transgender parents with underage children, not married individuals with children.
- There is no law on legal gender recognition in South Korea, meaning individuals must apply for a decision via the courts in accordance with the “Guidelines for the Handling of Petition for Legal Sex Change Permit of Transgender People.”
- The ruling is part of trans individuals’ right to pursue happiness, which is guaranteed by South Korea’s constitution.
In a historic decision, South Korea’s supreme court ruled on Thursday that transgender individuals’ have the right to change their legal sex status, even if they have children who are minors.
The ruling stems from a 2019 case in which a woman was denied the ability to change her legal gender status in a family and appellate court solely because she had underage children, NPR reported.
- Brían (pronounced "Bree-ann") Nguyen, a 19-year-old social media influencer and business management student, was crowned Miss Greater Derry 2023 on Nov. 6. She is the first transgender title holder in Miss America’s history.
- Nguyen’s win ignited a heated discussion online, prompting some famous personalities to criticize the Miss America Organization, the company that operates local scholarship pageants, for being “woke.”
- “Over the past two years, we’ve seen biological males compete against women in female sports tournaments, with the unfair advantage of, well, being a man. But what’s different with this beauty pageant is Brían Nguyen did not have any advantages; apart from being an overweight transgender-identifying individual, a far cry from what society would have once classed as a ‘natural beauty,” Glamour model and 1998 Miss Great Britain winner Leilani Dowdin wrote in her op-ed published in The Daily Fetched.
- After being crowned the winner, Nguyen went on to announce that she would be launching a media movement called #QueensAreEverywhere as her social impact initiative.
- She explained in a post that the movement would aim to help the next generation develop their self-confidence, realize their potential and become the leaders of their destiny.
Miss Greater Derry, a local scholarship pageant under the Miss America Organization, has faced online criticism after crowning its first transgender woman winner earlier this month.
Brían (pronounced “Bree-ann”) Nguyen, a 19-year-old social media influencer and business management student, was crowned Miss Greater Derry 2023 on Nov. 6 and will be competing against other local title holders for Miss New Hampshire 2023 in April.
- Jakapong “Anne” Jakrajutatip, a Thai transgender businesswoman, has acquired the Miss Universe Organization pageant for $20 million.
- Jakrajutatip, the CEO and biggest shareholder of JKN Global Group, made history by becoming the first woman to own the beauty pageant organizer.
- Jakrajutatip is a celebrity media tycoon and a transgender rights advocate who has been outspoken about her experience as a transgender woman.
- The JKN Global Group views the acquisition as “a soft power to build a reputation for Thailand to be known and outstanding around the world.”
A Thai transgender businesswoman has acquired the Miss Universe pageant for $20 million.
Jakapong “Anne” Jakrajutatip, the CEO and biggest shareholder of JKN Global Group, sealed the deal with IMG Worldwide, her company announced on Wednesday.
- A Japanese court has ruled that a trans woman in her 40s cannot be recognized as the legal parent of her second daughter due to her transition.
- The court legally recognized the woman as the parent of her first daughter but not her second child as she was born following the woman’s transition.
- The woman’s original request was denied in February, and after appealing against the ruling, the Tokyo high court denied her request once again on Friday.
A trans woman in Japan was denied parental rights and recognition as the legal parent of her second daughter by the Tokyo high court due to her transition.
It was ruled on Friday that the trans woman in her 40s was only recognized as the legal parent of her first daughter. Since her second daughter was born after her transition, the court denied the woman’s rights as the girl’s legal parent.
- Malleus Kunickas, a 32-year-old Lithuanian man, was arrested on suspicion of murdering his 31-year-old partner, Thiraphong Lamlua, in Surin, Thailand, on Thursday.
- Lamlua’s body was discovered by her mother, Wandee, inside a blanket in a storage room behind their family home in tambon Kang-an on Wednesday.
- Authorities believe that the transgender woman was murdered three weeks ago. Wandee suspected her daughter’s partner, Kunickas, to have beaten her in the head with a bottle.
- The victim’s body had been brought to Surin Hospital for an autopsy.
- Kunickas is set for a DNA test. If his sample matches the evidence found at the scene, he will formally be charged with murder.
Police arrested a Lithuanian man who is suspected of murdering his transgender partner in Surin, Thailand.
Malleus Kunickas, 32, was located and arrested at Yin Yom Beach on suspicion of murdering his 31-year-old partner, Thiraphong Lamlua, in Prasert district in the province of Surin at around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday.
- Since 2014, YouTuber Van Vincent Go, 28, has been sharing details about his gender transition journey to empower the trans community in the Philippines.
- Go realized he was transgender after watching hundreds of YouTube videos on the transgender experience and SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression).
- While his mother “didn’t really take it well” when he first revealed his decision to undergo the transition medically, Go said he was “already ready with whatever reaction she would give me.”
- Go, who has so far undergone top surgery, said, “It’s not a guarantee that people are going to look at you differently, because you’re still the same person, and the people around you who do not really believe in these things are still the same people.”
Van Vincent Go, a 29-year-old transgender man from the Philippines, is seeking to empower the local trans community by sharing details about his own transition on YouTube.
Go began detailing his transition on his YouTube channel VandomVincent back in 2014. His videos document the gradual changes in his body, including the surgical removal of his breasts, development of a more masculine chest, growth of facial hair and the deepening of his voice.
- A transgender and disabled TikToker claimed in a TikTok video that TSA agents at Milwaukee Mitchell Airport and Los Angeles International Airport sexually assaulted his girlfriend and broke his walker.
- TSA agents allegedly forced the TikToker to stand without his walker for 20 minutes and sexually assaulted his girlfriend during a pat-down while asking for her “breast size.”
- The TikTok video has received over 27,000 likes and 109,000 views since being uploaded on Monday.
In a TikTok video posted on Monday, a transgender and disabled man described being discriminated against by Transportation Security Administration agents at Milwaukee Mitchell Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.
The alleged incident occurred at the Milwaukee Mitchell Airport on May 19 and at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on May 21, reported The Daily Dot.
- Thai model Rachaya Noppakaroon, who is transgender, said she wasinterrogated for hours at the Dubai airport because her passport stated that she was “male.”
- In a tearful Facebook post on March 16, Noppakaroom detailed a complete timeline of what happened from the moment she arrived in Dubai to when she was forced to return to Thailand.
- “A nightmare while my eyes are open,” she wrote. “We were so determined to perform in Dubai.”
- According to the Criminal Code of Dubai, it is illegal to be transgender or homosexual, and punishable by law with up to 14 years of imprisonment and a fine of approximately $2,700.
- Noppakaroon, who was the 2014 Miss Tiffany’s pageant first runner-up, was attempting to travel to Dubai for a Muay Thai demonstration at the World Expo.
Model Rachaya Noppakaroon detailed on her Facebook the hours of interrogation over her gender she underwent by Dubai’s immigration office.
Thai model Rachaya Noppakaroon, who is also transgender, said she was interrogated for hours at the Dubai airport because her passport stated that she was “male.” Despite having the appropriate paperwork, she was ultimately denied entry and forced to return to Thailand just 19 hours after she arrived.
China’s first transgender clinic that offers help to children and adolescents in their transition through medical and psychological means has recently opened in Shanghai.
A bridge: The clinic, which opened its doors at the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, aims to act as a bridge that connects transgender children, parents, doctors and other social groups, according to Global Times.
Jewish Chinese American artist, activist, actor and model Chella Man is celebrating another milestone as the first transmasculine face of YSL Beauty.
Celebrating scars: In a campaign video for the brand, the 22-year-old deaf, genderqueer artist celebrates his scars from gender confirmation surgery. He says, “My scars are radiant, they show where I’ve been.”
Old tweets from a transgender activist who led the Netflix walkout following the Dave Chapelle comedy special “The Closer” have gone viral for expressing racist, anti-Asian sentiments.
Background: The Netflix special drew heavy criticism for Chapelle’s allegedly transphobic comments.
HBO Max’s upcoming “Batgirl” movie is currently looking to cast a trans Asian American woman for a supporting role.