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ADDED ON: 01/23/2020

Israel agrees to Russia’s no-LGBT adoptions rule

Israel and Russia signed an adoption agreement on Wednesday, after a decade of negotiations, stipulating that same-sex couples may not adopt children from Russia. The countries finalized two agreements, one on adoption…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2020

Fighting for LGBT rights in Myanmar with a ‘pink pinky’

LGBT activists in Myanmar campaigning to decriminalise same-sex relations are urging thousands of people to paint their little finger pink as they try to highlight the issue ahead of elections later this…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2020

South Korea transgender soldier to sue over dismissal

A transgender soldier in South Korea says she will sue the army after it dismissed her for violating regulations following her sex change. Byun Hui-soo, 22, joined the army as a man…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2020

Taiwan gay couples urge foreign marriage rights after Tsai win

Rights groups and gay couples called on Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen Tuesday to cement the island's reputation as a bastion of LGBT rights by recognising international same-sex marriages following her landslide re-election…

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ADDED ON: 01/20/2020

Tokyo ward to let sexual minorities pick their school, work uniforms

Tokyo’s Minato Ward plans to adopt the first ordinance in Japan that gives sexual minorities the freedom to choose school uniforms and work attire based on their own gender identity. The ward…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2020

Hong Kong’s lesbian bars are vanishing, but for LGBT people it’s actually a good sign in the traditionally conservative city

Tse Tong, the owner of Hong Kong’s first lesbian bar, does not mind that the lesbian bar scene in the city is declining as it reflects the traditionally conservative society’s increasing tolerance…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2020

Malaysia, where gay sex is illegal, used to be home to a community of gender non-conforming shamans

Homosexuality is doubly illegal in Malaysia as it is banned by the country’s secular, colonial-era legal code, as well as its special Islamic courts. LGBT+ people have no legal protections against discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2020

‘Anti-sexual deviance propaganda’ bill mysteriously on priority list

The massive 2019-2024 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) set by the House of Representatives lists 248 bills, including four proposed omnibus laws, an ambitious undertaking considering that the previous House only managed to…

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ADDED ON: 01/17/2020

Iranian militia declares Iraq not for ‘filthy homosexuals, collaborators’

An official for the Iranian-sponsored Popular Mobilization Units declared in a video that Iraq is not a country for homosexuals or collaborators, and that his organization will obliterate government protestors. The Middle…

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ADDED ON: 01/17/2020

The Empty Consumerism of China’s ‘Queer Eye’ Clone

The core concept of Mango TV’s “You Are So Beautiful,” which premiered on the popular streaming network late last year, is simple. Each week, five fabulous experts band together to give glam…

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ADDED ON: 01/17/2020

South Korea to decide on first transgender soldier amid debate

South Korea’s military said on Thursday it will hold a meeting to discuss whether it will discharge the first soldier to have undergone gender reassignment surgery, which has sparked national debate about…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2020

Israeli minister’s homophobic comments spark huge protest

More than 3,000 students gathered in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, waving signs reading: “I don’t want to be normal”, in response to last week’s homophobic comments by the Israeli education minister. Last…

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