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ADDED ON: 01/31/2021

Central government to respond on pleas to recognise same-sex marriage

The Delhi High Court Friday granted a last opportunity to the Centre and the Delhi government to respond to three separate pleas, including by two couples, seeking that same-sex marriage be recognised…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2021

How China’s ‘gay capital’ is resisting closure

It's Saturday night at the HUNK club in Chengdu and men in gold lycra shorts and black boots dance on stage. They wear kimonos, in an apparent tactical compromise with new morality…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2021

His School Expelled Him Over an LGBT Speech. Now He’s Speaking Out.

A student has accused his former vocational school of expelling him over a speech he gave on gay rights more than a year ago, highlighting the challenges many LGBT students continue to…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2021

Human Rights Watch warns over Malaysian proposals to increase penalties against LGBT+ people

The Malaysian government should condemn a cabinet minister’s proposal to crack down harder on LGBT+ communities, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Ahmad Marzuk Shaary, the deputy minister in charge of religious…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2021

2 men caned 77 times for having sex in Indonesia’s Aceh

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Two men in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province were publicly caned each 77 times Thursday after neighbors reported them to Islamic religious police for having sex. Dozens of people…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2021

Singapore rights groups speak out over arrests for transphobia protest

Singapore’s LGBT rights groups on Wednesday urged introspection from authorities after police arrested three people for staging a brief peaceful protest against transphobia in the education system. The rare protest in the…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2021

Malaysian Official Says Anti-LGBTQ Laws Aren’t Strict Enough

Putrajaya, a Malaysian city located south of the capital Kuala Lumpur, is considering even harsher punishments for LGBTQ people than already-existing law, Gay Times reports. Ahmad Marzuk Shaary, deputy minister of the…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2021

We live here’: fears tourist tweets on gay lifestyle may backfire on Bali’s LGBT community

When American tourist Kristen Antoinette Gray began writing about her stay in Bali on Twitter, she apparently had little idea of the controversy she would cause. Gray and her girlfriend had travelled…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2021

Japan: Introduce LGBT Equality Act before Olympics: 116 Groups Urge Prime Minister Suga to Take Action

(Tokyo) – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan should commit to introducing a law to protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, J-ALL, Athlete Ally, and Human…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2021

No Place For LGBT Malaysians?

In Malaysia, where sodomy is a crime with laws strictly enforced, it was reported that the government is considering amending the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act – also known as Act 355…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2021

Taiwan: Step taken toward allowing international same-sex marriages

Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) The Judicial Yuan on Friday approved draft revisions to a law that would grant recognition to all international same-sex marriages, except for those involving a partner from China,…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2021

Challenge against Section 377A: Chief Justice says Govt’s ‘compromise’ on enforcement should be considered

SINGAPORE - Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said the "political compromise" struck by the Government in 2007 - to keep Section 377A of the Penal Code but not enforce it - should be…

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