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ADDED ON: 04/19/2019

Politicians urged to cut ties with ‘homophobic’ pastor

Two assembly members have been urged to sever their links with a controversial pastor who claimed homosexuality is a "sin". Yang Tuck Yoong called homosexuality an "abomination" during a sermon. Darren Millar…

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ADDED ON: 04/18/2019

Weibo Reverses Ban on Lesbian Content Amid Uproar

Lesbian content was banned on Sina Weibo last week, with related same-sex discussion forums and LGBT hashtags removed from the popular microblogging site. This censorship operation comes almost exactly one year after…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2019

Malaysian LGBT rights activist Numan Afifi questioned by police

Malaysian LGBT+ rights activist Numan Afifi is being questioned by police over a speech highlighting discrimination against the queer and trans community. Afifi, who founded a LGBT+ rights group in Malaysia, raised…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2019

LGBT couples speak of their suffering in lawsuit seeking marriage for all in Japan

In the first oral argument of an unprecedented trial challenging the constitutionality of Japan’s same-sex marriage ban, LGBT couples spoke Monday of their experiences, aiming to highlight the social stigma and discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2019

LGBT Syrian refugees launch legal challenge against UK Home Office ‘abandonment’

Fifteen LGBT Syrian refugees, living in Turkey, launched a legal claim against the UK Home Office on Monday. The group claim the British government has abandoned them despite assurances they will be…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2019

Weibo is removing content with the #les hashtag

The Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo has reportedly been removing posts and comments with the hashtag #les. The ban on the term, which is short for lesbian, was discovered by users who…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2019

Millennial activism: Daryl Yang fights for LGBT issues and more

In 2014, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) published a set of FAQs on youth sexuality and received backlash for being affirming of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) experiences. There was even…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2019

Brunei once held off on strict Islamic law to stay in a U.S.-backed trade pact. Then Trump pulled out.

When more than 100 members of Congress raised worries in 2014 over plans to include Brunei in a sweeping Pacific trade deal, envoys from the tiny sultanate rushed to Washington with a…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2019

New Knesset sets record for most LGBT members

Israel’s elections on Tuesday resulted in what will likely be a fifth term for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - but there were a number of firsts as well. The number of LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2019

Alarm bells sound over ‘outings’ in Japan’s LGBT community

People having their sexual orientation or gender identity revealed without their consent has become a deepening problem in Japan, a country known for its culture in which the "nail that sticks out…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2019

Renowned LGBTI activist wants to become the Pete Buttigieg of India

LGBTI rights activist Harish Iyer announced this week he would be joining one of India’s major political parties, the Indian National Congress (INC). Iyer was looking forward to ‘working with the Mumbai…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2019

Japan’s first transgender prefectural assembly member elected in Hokkaido

Japan's first transgender prefectural assembly member has been elected in local elections here on April 7. The new member, Ayako Fuchigami, was designated male at birth and transitioned to a woman as…

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