Discrimination and Equality

ADDED ON: 11/24/2018

Taiwan’s same-sex marriage vote divides families

On a sunny day in a park in Taipei, photographer Austin Haung advises a same-sex couple on how to pose for a pre-wedding photo shoot. For him, Taiwan's reputation as a beacon…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Turkey: Top religious body uses hate speech

Turkish LGBT rights organisation Kaos GL said on Wednesday that Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs had used hate speech against LGBT people while answering questions on homosexuality on Turkey’s official web-portal.  The directorate said that…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Sex, lies and heated debate: Taiwan prepares to vote in gay marriage referendum

Taiwan is in the final days of a battle over the future of equality in the country, with conservatives campaigning fiercely against LGBT advocates over a referendum on same-sex marriage on Saturday.  As…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Transgender Remembrance Day, Yangon

The dark surface of Inya Lake is illuminated by warm bobbing candles, pushed out by a small but dedicated crowd who has come in the evening to show their respect. As the…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Southern Muslim leaders disapprove of LGBT partner bill

Muslim leaders in Thailand’s South have rejected the proposed Life Partnership Bill, which would allow LGBT couples to marry. The Nation reports that, if the bill becomes law, the religious leaders say…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Same-sex Marriage: is Cuba Using it to ‘pinkwash’ Other Oppressive Policies?

Cuba will revise its constitution in 2019 – and one of the biggest topics under debate is Article 68, which proposes legalising same-sex marriage. By legalising same-sex marriage, and not just civil partnerships,…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

No Filipino LGBTI Inclusive Policy: 1st SOGIE Inclusivity Index in the PHL Reveals

The Philippine LGBTI Chamber of Commerce recently revealed the results of the first-ever SOGIE inclusivity index in the Philippines, and the results are dismal. In a survey of 100 companies which cumulatively employ…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Activists Want Same-Sex Couples to Be Considered for LGBTI Foster Parenting

The civil society association called "Rainbow Families", which brings together LGBTIQ activists, called on Tuesday on member of the Croatian parliament to amend the final foster care bill so as to enable…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2018

Justin Trudeau Resists GOP Push to Gut LGBT Rights From Trade Deal

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has said that a trade deal with the US should represent “shared values,” as Republicans attempt to strip LGBT+ rights protections from the agreement. 40 US Republican lawmakers…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2018

Costa Rica poised to legalize same-sex marriage

Costa Rica is poised to become the first Central American country to legalize same-sex marriage. On November 14, Costa Rica's constitutional court formally ordered the country's lawmakers to extend marriage rights to…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2018

New Zealand pride parade in chaos after ban on police sparks mass withdrawals

The New Zealand police, New Zealand Defence Force and numerous major sponsors have pulled out of the country’s largest pride parade after organisers banned police and corrections staff from marching in uniform. Auckland pride…

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ADDED ON: 11/21/2018

Chinese novelist jailed for 10 years for ‘writing gay sex scenes’

A Chinese erotic writer has reportedly been jailed for more than 10 years after including gay sex scenes in one of her novels. State media reported that the writer, who uses the…

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