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ADDED ON: 05/20/2021

Japan LDP Puts Off LGBT Bill Approval amid Cautious View

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday postponed approving a draft bill to promote understanding of sexual minorities as conservative members grew cautious about it. Their cautious view was voiced at an…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2021

Indonesian LGBT+ magazines find a second life online

Two men embracing on a magazine cover was more than risqué for Indonesia, thought LGBT+ researcher Ais, when he first discovered a trove of retro LGBT+ zines in Bali last year. "Suddenly…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2021

Iran: How transgender people survive ultraconservative rule

Iran's state subsidizes gender reassignment surgery while prohibiting homosexuality. A long and continuing history of activism has helped transgender people bolster their community despite the discrimination they face. Before getting gender-confirmation surgery,…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2021

A card exempted a gay man from serving in Iran’s military. It may have cost him his life

Alireza Fazeli-Monfared's future was brutally cut short last week when members of his family allegedly murdered him due to his sexual orientation, according to his partner and a LGBTQ rights group. The…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2021

Pakistan: How has COVID impacted the LGBT community?

The coronavirus pandemic has made being LGBT+ in Pakistan significantly more difficult, in a country where those communities already face numerous challenges, including systemic oppression, social stigma and a legal ban on…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2021

Call for intersex inclusion as House panel excludes ‘intersex’ in sex definition of proposed anti-discrimination law

A conservative politician – Deputy Speaker Bienvenido Abante Jr. – succeeded in pushing for the exclusion of the term “intersex” from the definition of sex in the draft of a more “comprehensive”…

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Haru Ono – Family Rainbow, Japan

Haru Ono is the president of Nijiiro Kazoku (Rainbow Family), an organization that connects and supports LGBTQ+ families across Japan through networking and information sessions. In our interview, Ono shares her mission…

ADDED ON: 05/13/2021

‘It’s discrimination’: Beach resort issues ban on transgender people

The local LGBT community slammed a local resort over alleged discrimination in its Facebook post announcing a ban on transgender people. The management of Isla Reta Beach Resort issued the ban in…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2021

HELL ON EARTH Inside Indonesia’s horrific exorcisms, rapes and electroshock torture to ‘cure’ LGBT people and ‘pray away the gay’

EXORCISMS have largely been confined to the history books – but they're a grim modern-day reality in Indonesia. Many made to have the "treatment" don't even have anything wrong with them, but…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2021

Japan’s Ruling Party LGBT Bill Falls Short

Over the past six years, activists in Japan have pressed the Diet, the national parliament, to introduce a nondiscrimination law that protects the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2021

Gay man brutally murdered and beheaded by family in Iran in ‘honour killing’

Alireza Fazeli-Monfared, 20, was reportedly murdered by his brother and cousins on Tuesday (4 May) after they discovered the Iranian military exempted him from service because of “sexual depravities”. At around 7pm…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2021

U.S. Supports Transgender Health Clinics in India

The United States supports and advocates for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people everywhere. In India — where transgender people are medically underserved and frequently…

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