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ADDED ON: 10/17/2020

Japan: Calls grow to include LGBT couples in national census

Advocacy groups and members of the LGBT community are calling on the central government to count the number of LGBT couples in the national census so they can be accurately reflected in…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2020

Indonesia Vows Firm Actions Against Soldiers Linked to LGBT

The Indonesian Military said today it will impose strict sanction on soldiers who are proven to involve in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual or Transgender (LGBT) groups. Earlier, rumors circulated that the…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2020

Pastor suspended for giving blessing at LGBT festival

The Korean Methodist Church has suspended Rev. Lee Dong-hwan for two years for holding a "blessing ceremony" at a queer festival in August last year, during which he gave a blessing to…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2020

LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law

Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition on Thursday calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year, when the country…

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Sarita KC – Mitini Nepal, Kathmandu

Sarita K.C. is the executive director of Mitini Nepal, a woman-led organization in Kathmandu, Nepal, which focuses on LBT (lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) women. Sarita shares her story, her perspectives on efforts…

ADDED ON: 10/13/2020

Israel to Form Government Committee to Assist Transgender Community

Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn and Welfare Minister Itzik Shmuli announced an inter-ministerial team to consider ways to ease hardships for transgender people on Monday. The team is to be the first of…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2020

Israeli Orthodox leader: Judaism does not forbid same-sex couples from building a family

(JTA) — A prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi said that Jewish law does not forbid LGBTQ people from building a family. Rabbi Benny Lau made the statement as part of a set of…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2020

At home and abroad, LGBT Syrians fight to have their voices heard

AMMAN/BEIRUT — In Damascus, Amira al-Tabbaa lived her life in murmurs. Officially, homosexuality and offenses against “public decency” are illegal in Syria. That is why when Amira met with friends in ‘gay-friendly’…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2020

Sexual minorities still struggling five years after LGBT ordinance

Miho Okada experienced the frustrating limits of measures introduced to protect the rights of same-sex couples when her lesbian partner was hospitalized with advanced rectal cancer in Aomori Prefecture. Although Okada, 36,…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2020

The Buddhist monk and make-up artist seeking LGBT+ equality in Japan

During a sheltered upbringing in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, gay Japanese monk Kodo Nishimura kept his sexuality a closely guarded secret, and also concealed his burgeoning love of make-up. Nowadays, Nishimura…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2020

At home and abroad, LGBT Syrians fight to have their voices heard

In Damascus, Amira al-Tabbaa lived her life in murmurs. Officially, homosexuality and offenses against “public decency” are illegal in Syria. That is why when Amira met with friends in ‘gay-friendly’ cafes they…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2020

Thailand: Kingdom still divided over LGBT rights

The passage of pro-rights bills pertaining to civil partnerships of same-sex couples has promoted greater rights for those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) community in Thailand, but some LGBT+…

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