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ADDED ON: 02/22/2019

Taiwan unveils Asia’s first draft law on same-sex marriage

Taiwan on Thursday proposed a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Asia’s first such bill, but the legislation was criticized by rights activists and conservative groups amid a heated debate over…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2019

Singaporeans Remain Deeply Divided on the Issues of Recognizing Gay Civil Partnerships Here

Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam was right — Singapore remains “deeply split” on the matter of gay rights in the country. According to a new study by market research company YouGov, only…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2019

LGBTQIA Members Walk for Pulwama Martyrs

I’m gay, that’s okay. I’m trans, that’s okay, I’m straight, that’s okay’…these slogans were chanted at the fourth edition of Nagpur Pride organised at Samvidhan Chowk on Saturday by hundreds of LGBTQIA members and…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2019

Gujarat Govt Establishes Transgender Welfare Board; Housing, Education & Other Issues To Be Taken Care Of

A Transgender Welfare Board has been established by the Gujarat government, which has been constituted by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment. The community’s housing, education, employment and livelihood will be…

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2019

No human rights violation in West Sumatra’s LGBT ban: Human rights commission

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), says it doesn’t see West Sumatra’s plan to ban LGBT behavior in the province as an infringement on the human rights of the persecuted…

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2019

‘We are equal’: Thai party candidate aims to be first transgender Prime Minister

Pauline Ngarmpring wants to become Thailand's first transgender prime minister to bring hope to the marginalised and make political life accessible for future LGBT people. As Pinit Ngarmpring, he was a CEO and…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2019

Gay-friendly cartoons outrage homophobic Indonesians

Indonesia’s Information and Communications Ministry, also known as Kominfo, has demanded that the popular social network Instagram remove gay-friendly cartoons published by a user known only as @Alpantuni. The ministry even suggested…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2019

Gender-neutral Canadian activist shows solidarity with Japan’s LGBT communities

Gemma Hickey entered Japan this week with something no Japanese national can obtain a gender-neutral passport in which the gender category shows neither female nor male, but an “X.” The 42-year-old Canadian,…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2019

Same sex couples seek marriage rights in Valentine’s lawsuit

Chizuka Oe and Yoko Ogawa have been together for 25 years, but when they submitted their marriage registration at a Tokyo town hall, they knew it would be rejected. "We were told…

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ADDED ON: 02/14/2019

Japan Launches First LGBTI Safe House

Japan opened its first LGBTI safe house in Tokyo this week. Nijiiro House supports LGBTI people who have fallen into homelessness due to their sexuality or gender identity. It also offers support for…

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ADDED ON: 02/14/2019

How Does Taiwan Really Feel About LGBT Issues After Its Referendums?

If 2017 saw the rise of marriage equality in Taiwan, then the backlash in 2018 suggests many observers held an overly optimistic view on just how much Taiwanese public opinion had shifted.…

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ADDED ON: 02/14/2019

Israeli Politician Shlomo Karhi says Pride Parades are ‘against nature’

Israeli politician Shlomo Karhi has been condemned for saying Pride parades “legitimise something that is contrary to the natural family unit.” Karhi, who will be a candidate for Israel’s ruling Likud party in the…

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