AsylumConnect's Week in Review- 11/25/2018
This week included both setbacks and breakthroughs for the migrant caravan in Tijuana as well as blows to LGBTQ rights in North America and Asia. Here are five of the most significant LGBTQ and immigration news articles of the week.
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, advocates honor lives lost to violence
Julie Compton- NBC News
“Violence against the trans community has risen steadily in recent years, according to a grim report released Monday by the Human Right Campaign, a national LGBTQ advocacy group. The HRC report found at least 22 people were killed so far this year due to anti-transgender violence, and the organization has tracked 128 anti-transgender homicides in the U.S. since 2013”.
The Trump Administration Just Asked The Supreme Court To Let It Enforce Its Transgender Military Ban
Chris Geidner- BuzzFeed News
“The Trump administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court to take up three cases challenging the administration’s repeated efforts to bar transgender people from serving in the military. The move is the latest unusual filing at the high court by an administration that appears eager to leapfrog over appeals courts that have previously sided with challengers to the administration’s policies”.
Mexico: Tijuana declares humanitarian crisis over migrant caravan
“Gastelum vowed not to commit the city’s public resources to dealing with the situation. On Thursday, his government issued a statement saying it was requesting help from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs”.
LGBT Couples With Migrant Caravan Hold Mass Symbolic Wedding at Mexico-U.S. Border Town
Chantal Da Silva- Newsweek
“"This is a dream come true because in our countries you don't see this and we always wanted it and today we have this opportunity and we are very happy, really happy," one of the newlyweds told the newspaper”.
Taiwan voters reject same-sex marriage
Hira Humayun and Susannah Cullinane- CNN
“Taiwan is home to one of Asia's largest and most vibrant gay communities. Many of its citizens take great pride in the island's progressive, LGBT-friendly values. If it had approved same-sex marriage, it would have become the first place in Asia to do so”.