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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Newly-signed USMCA points at increased auto imports, watered-down LGBTQ protections

Initial analysis of the final text of the new North American trade pact Canada signed on Friday is pointing to two changes – one potentially helpful for the auto sector, the other potentially problematic…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Another Indonesian city outlaws gay sex

The city council in Pariaman on Nov. 27 approved the new bylaw providing fines of 1 million rupiah (U.S. $70) for behaviors that “are considered LGBT,” the Jakarta Post reported in an Agence France-Presse…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Hotline Calls Increase after LGBTQ Referendum in Taiwan

After losing three referendums regarding LGBTQ rights, Taiwanese calls to a LGBTQ helpline jumped 40%, reported Gay Star News. The Taiwain Tongzhi Hotline, which is dedicated to LGBTQ phone counseling, received an…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

This Pope Francis Interview About Gay Priests Speaks Volumes About The Church’s Stance

In an excerpt of a new book released on Saturday in Italy, Pope Francis made the church's stance on gay priests clear: they should not, in his opinion, be accepted into the…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2018

The West exported homophobia, not homosexuality

Tanzania's recent intensified efforts to clamp down on the country's queer community highlights the risk of statements by Africa's political, business and social elites normalizing hate and discriminatory actions against sexual minorities.…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2018

Rejected by my family, raped – but proud to be gay’

Seyeda has been rejected by her family, abused and raped because she is gay - but is determined to be out and proud. The 42-year-old from Pakistan believes she would have been…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2018

Agony of Orthodox Jews caught between two worlds

A childhood friendship between two women deepens into first love, passionate and consuming. But in a north London Orthodox Jewish community, it is illicit, an abomination, against the strict codes that govern their…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2018

Homosexuality is more than sex: time to look beyond the labels and prejudice

Stuart Heaver writes kindly of the stigma facing LGBT youth who are coming to terms with their sexuality (“ Ignorance, Chinese values, religious dogma: LGBT Hong Kong students’ plight ”, November 29). In a world…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2018

LGBT CARAVAN ASYLUM SEEKERS COULD HAVE TO ‘PROVE’ STATUS TO GET INTO U.S.

LGBT asylum seekers traveling from Central American countries to the U.S. may have to "prove" their status in order to claim asylum in the U.S., said a University of California researcher. Earlier this…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2018

Indonesian city to fine LGBT residents for disturbing ‘public order’

An Indonesian city plans to fine its gay and transgender residents 1m rupiah ($70) for disturbing “public order”, reflecting a rise in discrimination against the Muslim-majority nation’s small LGBT community.  This week,…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2018

Nepal Stalls on LGBT Rights Despite Early Strides

Nepal was hailed a leader in LGBT rights when it became the first country in conservative South Asia to recognize a third gender and assure equality for its sexual minorities. But more…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2018

Mike Pence fails to mention gay people in World AIDS Day speech

US Vice President Mike Pence has been branded a “hypocrite” for a World AIDS Day speech in which he only spoke about straight victims of the AIDS crisis. Pence, a historical opponent…

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