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ADDED ON: 09/18/2019

Nepal’s sexual minorities say progress in rights has stalled

Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even citizenship certificates and…

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ADDED ON: 09/16/2019

China: Discrimination against same-sex couples must come to an end

Despite government commitment to equal opportunities for all, many discriminatory practices are still entrenched by policies and legislation. More often than not, the court needs to step in to speed up necessary…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2019

Death threats ‘broke my heart’ says popular Lebanese band singer

The lead singer of one of the Middle East’s most popular bands said on Thursday he was heartbroken by rising homophobia in Lebanon, after death threats stopped him performing last month. Organisers…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2019

US citizen sues Japanese government for denying him long-term visa to be with husband

US citizen barred from receiving a long-term visa to live with his husband in Japan has sued the country's government, claiming he is being denied a family life. Andrew High, who met his Japanese…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2019

Indian city encouraged trans people to apply for police force. Instead of being given jobs, they were outed

Forty young transgender folk in Chhattisgarh, a state in central India, left their jobs and homes when the local government announced a recruitment drive for trans police officers. Many of the applicants…

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ADDED ON: 09/09/2019

Why are so few LGBT Chinese couples taking advantage of laws that could protect their rights?

A gay couple in Beijing recently made national headlines when they became the first same-sex couple to become each other’s legal guardian. The option – which allows them to authorise medical treatment…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2019

Defeated in court, Philippine lawyer to enter politics to pursue LGBT+ rights

A gay lawyer from the Philippines said on Thursday he would pursue a career in politics to push for LGBT+ rights after losing a legal battle to introduce same-sex marriage in the…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2019

Trans Chinese teens forced into ‘conversion therapy’: study

Trans teenagers in China face abuse at home and bullying at school, with almost one in five forced into conversion therapies, according to a survey released on Friday. The researchers called for…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2019

In Nepal and India, parallel movements for dignity for LGBT communities

I came of age in late 1990s Kathmandu, during a period when Nepal’s capital city was smaller and more insular. There was little room for marginalized groups in the sociopolitical sphere. But…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2019

More than 50% of gay men in Hong Kong fear coming out, study finds

Around one in two gay men fear coming out to their loved ones in Hong Kong, a damning study has revealed. Against rapidly climbing HIV diagnoses and political crises in the former…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2019

Year after India gay ruling, a battle to change attitudes

Vivek Kishore and Vishwa Srivastava hit it off soon after meeting at a cafe, little knowing what lay in store for them as a gay couple in India where homosexuality was a…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2019

The 2020 Summer Olympics Likely to Be the Queerest, Most Political Games Yet

When Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, there will likely be a record number of out LGBTQ athletes competing in the Games. Not only that, it could also prove to be the…

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