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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

South Korea court suspends anti-LGBT penalties against ‘gay pride’ students

A South Korean court has suspended taking "disciplinary action" against a group of local graduate students who were targeted for wearing gay pride-themed attire during a church service in May 2018. Seoul…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

House approves Equality Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination

For the first-time ever, a chamber of Congress has approved legislation — with bipartisan support — that amend the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ban comprehensibly discrimination against LGBT people.…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

U.N. urges calm after protests by LGBT+ refugees in Kenya turn violent

The United Nations has urged LGBT+ refugees in Kenya to show "calm and restraint" after protests demanding better treatment turned violent, with police firing tear gas and arresting more than 20 demonstrators.…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in historic first for Asia

Lawmakers in Taiwan have approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation. The vote came almost…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

Gay pop star from Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, shares coming out story

I remember when I was a kid, I’d hear people calling gays ‘ah gua’ in Singapore. It’s an equivalence of the word faggot or broken wrist. There was a lot of stigma…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

Advocates boycott African human rights conference in Egypt

The 64th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, was a sad time for the African continent’s human rights body. Human rights…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

What Taiwan’s slow march towards legalising gay marriage means for LGBT rights in Asia

To many outside the LGBT community, the May 2017 ruling of the Taiwan Constitutional Court legalising same-sex marriage settled the question. However, outside the public consciousness, there has been a continuous struggle…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

Mexican icon Vicente Fernandez refused liver transplant, fearing gay donor

Mexican singer and actor Vicente Fernandez said in a recent interview he refused a liver transplant fearing the donor was gay, or a drug addict, causing controversy. The 79-year-old, who has sold…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

Diversity day: Advancing LGBT equality in Myanmar workplace

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT), on May 17, has been marked worldwide to celebrate sexual and gender diversity. The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) and Yangon-based NGO…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2019

Fewer rainbows, less social media for China’s LGBT community

China's LGBT community has had a tough year: Censors have shut down social media forums, news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed rainbow-themed products. The tighter…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2019

Thailand’s LGBT lawmakers bust gender dress code on first day in parliament

Thailand’s new LGBTI politicians busted parliament’s gender-based dress code on their first day in office. Parliamentarians representing the New Power Party dressed in T-shirts and colorful clothing on Wednesday (15 May), contravening…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2019

Māori, Pasifika, LGBT and disabled over-represented in Auckland homeless count

More than 3600 people were living without shelter or in temporary accommodation on one night in Auckland last year, and nearly 40 per cent of those were Māori. Figures released today from…

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