This week read about Argentina granting residents the right to put "X" on their national identity cards for their gender, and the UN Human Rights Council criticizing Ghana for its anti-LGBT bill.
Argentina Officially Recognizes Non-binary People
Non-binary people are now formally recognized in Argentina. The country was the first in Latin America to enable residents to write X on their national identity cards to indicate their gender.
According to the Advocate, President Alberto Fernández made the move by order. It comes after he approved a bill allowing 1% of public sector positions in Argentina to be designated for trans persons. The bill was passed by the country's Congress in June.
“We have the need to expand our minds and realize that there are other ways to love and be loved and there are other identities besides the identity of a man and the identity of a woman,” Fernández said in a ceremony, according to the paper. He gave out the first three IDs with the non-binary markers at the event, “and they must be respected.”
UN Human Rights Council Criticizes Ghana’s Anti-LGBT Bill
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Ghana's effort to enact stricter legislation against LGBT people and their activities has been slammed by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
According to Africa Feeds, a panel of UN experts said in a statement that “passing this law in its current or even partial form would violate a significant number of human rights, including the absolute prohibition of torture.”
They further stated that the new measure “will not only criminalize LGBTI [I for intersex] people but also all those who support or show sympathy for human rights.”
Several human rights advocates have already stated their opposition to Ghana's legislators' attempt to approve the bill.
Only Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo, who has promised not to legalize same-sex weddings, would have the last word on whether to sign or reject the measure if it is voted into law. Ghanaians appear to be enthusiastic about the law.