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ADDED ON: 06/17/2021

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says city will support Gay Games, and calls lawmaker’s hate-filled outburst ‘unnecessarily divisive’

Hong Kong’s leader has accused several pro-establishment lawmakers of dividing society and inciting hatred, after one called next year’s Gay Games “disgraceful” and the revenue it would bring to the city “dirty…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2021

Japan Heads into ‘Diversity’ Olympics Without Promised LGBT Law

Japan’s parliament ended its session without passing a promised law on LGBT understanding, failing to fulfill a ruling party pledge just as the country is set to host what is meant to…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2021

India’s transgenders ‘left out’ of Covid vaccination drive

India's transgender community has complained it is being neglected from the nationwide Covid vaccination drive and has called for easier access to vaccines in community-friendly settings and assistance in booking slots. Last…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2021

Filipino LGBTQIA advocates seek clarity on stance of politicians for 2022 elections

LGBTQIA Filipino organizations released an open letter seeking clarifications on the political stance towards LGBTQIA issues of politicians and political parties or coalitions engaging in the 2022 National Elections. “The contributions of…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2021

QUEER ARTISTS OF INDIA USE ART TO EXPLORE GENDER AND SEXUALITY

In India, and South Asia in general, bias against women and other gender minorities remains prevalent across class, caste and social hierarchies. While there have historically been non-binary expressions of gender, such…

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ADDED ON: 06/11/2021

Kashmir: LGBT+ demand health care access during COVID pandemic

Kashmir's LGBT+ community members are calling for the right to access health care and COVID-19 vaccines. They are also urging the government to set up support schemes as the pandemic takes a…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2021

Equality watchdog, LGBT activists hit back at pro-Beijing lawmakers’ attacks on Gay Games

LGBT activists and the Equal Opportunities Commission have lambasted pro-Beijing lawmakers for opposing the 2022 Gay Games. The event promotes values of equality, inclusion and diversity, and are consistent with the principle…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2021

Somewhere under the Bengaluru FC rainbow

On the first day of this month, Bengaluru FC uploaded a social media post that had the sketch of a floodlight throwing rainbow colours over their home ground, Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Tagged…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2021

Uzbekistan: Top lawmaker calls for deporting the LGBT community en masse

The head of one of Uzbekistan’s leading political parties has suggested depriving gays, lesbians and transgender people of citizenship and deporting them as a way of ending the national conversation on LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2021

Lesbian couple in China sues over hetero-only ‘couples discount’

It’s certainly not Pride month in China. A lesbian couple is suing a zoo in Guangzhou as well as the tourism booking service Ctrip after they were denied a promotion being offered…

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Daniyar Sabitov & Anatoly Chernoussov, Kazakhstan

Launched in 2017, Kok.team was the first LGBTI mass media in Kazakhstan and the first website to publish LGBTI content in the Kazakh language. I spoke with the two co-founders, Anatoly Chernoussov…

ADDED ON: 06/07/2021

Japanese LGBTQ groups and supporters stage rally in Tokyo, demand equal rights

Japanese sexual minority groups and their supporters staged a rally outside Tokyo’s iconic Shibuya Station on Sunday calling for equal rights and public support for enacting a long-sought equality law before the…

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