Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz has just granted queer female couples the right to open a joint file when using a sperm bank to conceive a child. This decision is a historic step forward for LGBTQ mothers!
This is scandalous! Shanghai University (SHU) has been collecting information about LGBTQ+ students.
In Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has refused to approve a proposed non-discrimination bill based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Japan is lagging behind other countries in terms of LGBTQ equality. This refusal by LDP could have major negative repercussions and lead to an increase in discrimination against LGBTQ citizens.
There are an estimated 2 million LGBTQ people in India and they continue to be discriminated against by society but a landmark court ruling has ordered the government departments to make all necessary changes and reforms to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
The demographic situation is deteriorating in South Korea, where for the first time there are more deaths than births. By 2025, the country could have over 20% of its population aged 65 or older. Young South Koreans are, in fact, not too interested in parenthood.
To reverse the trend, the government is extending benefits to married couples and plans to expand the legal definition of family, but same-sex couples are not part of the plan.
In 2011 and 2014, which will forever remain historic moments, Japan has signed UN Human Rights Council resolutions calling for an end to violence against LGBTQ people and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Malaysia criminalizes same-sex relationships with section 377 of the federal penal code, and things are not about to get any better for LGBTQ people.
India is taking an important step for the transgender community by lightening the gender change procedure on official documents.
Normally, the Summer Olympics will be held next year in Tokyo.
LGBTQ activists are trying to bring pressure on the Japanese government to enact an LGBT equality law through this event, which will be the center of international attention.
In Japan, equal marriage and civil unions are not open to same-sex couples, as we saw in an article on the initiative launched to bring businesses together and put pressure on the government to legalize marriage equality. Here is another initiative I am sure you’re going to like.
A charity has launched a program called the Famiee Project to bring more LGBTQ rights in Japan.
I wish I had good news for LGBTQ rights, but I have a bad one, sadly.
Nepal is a country that is more advanced on LGBTQ rights than many US states or European countries.
In 2015, the constitution prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation after a landmark Supreme Court decision in 2008. The court also called for greater recognition of same-sex relationships.