A coalition of Peruvian LGBT groups have started Beca Trans, a scholarship program for transgender women.

The Homosexual Movement of Lima (MHOL), one of Latin America’s leading LGBT organizations started in 1982, has teamed up with AIDS group Vía Libre and the Runa Institute of Gender Studies and Development (RUNA) to offer 45 transgender women the opportunity to complete their studies.

‘Trans teens are possibly one of the most bullied groups in schools, making it so that lots of times they don’t finish school,’ said Belissa Andía Pérez, executive director of RUNA.

This initiative looks to transform the reality of trans teens in school and represents an opportunity to improve the quality of life for transgender people in our country.’ 

To qualify for a scholarship, entries must be of age and present a valid birth certificate along with a recommendation from a trans organization.

Applicants will then be evaluated by a team of experts made up of representatives from UNESCO, UNAIDS and the Ministry of Education, among others.

Giovanny Romero Infante, president of MHOL said in a statement: ‘We’re confident that Beca Trans will demonstrate to the state and to society the real potential of trans individuals.

According to MHOL, the goal of Beca Trans is to reduce the number of new HIV transmissions in the most vulnerable communities, which include the transgender community, through promoting anti-discrimination public policies and encouraging the unification of LGBT groups in the country. 

Beca Trans is a part of the program Peru presented at the 10th anniversary of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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A Weekend at Camp for Gender-Variant Children

Above, a father helps his son into his dress as he prepares for the fashion show.

“The accompanying photos, part of a body of work by Lindsay Morris, were taken at an annual weekend gathering for gender-variant children and their families.The camp is organized by parents, and it moves to a different location each year. Most of the boys who attend dress and act ‘male’ in their daily lives, and the gathering offers a safe haven where they can express their interpretations of femininity with like-minded boys, their parents and siblings.”

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This is an awesome article! Very happy to hear that this is happening.

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Transgender community in Pakistan take to the streets against drone strikes

Dozens of people held a rally and demonstrated at the Minara road to protest against Nato supply routes being reopened and drone strikes. According to the protestors, drone strikes are counterproductive and result into collateral damage, which is intolerable.

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Fakir said that the US claims that it is targeting terrorists by the drones but asked who was responsible for the deaths of innocents. According to Fakir, drone strikes are greater acts of terrorisms. To further elaborate, Fakir asked that if terrorists were to enter a school in the US and take students hostage, the US would not send drones to fire missile on the school but would find the safest way to kill or arrest the terrorists without harming the children.

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Have you heard of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) in Washington, DC? Issues of homelessness, employment, and access to medical and mental health services inordinately affect LGBT youth, in particular transgender youth, and SMYAL is a model for other programs across the country.

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