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Israel: Queer Female Couples Allowed To Open Joint File In Sperm Banks

Lesbian couples can now open a joint file at a sperm bank.

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!

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Tokyo To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Tokyo to recognize same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriages are illegal in Japan, but from April 2022, Tokyo will allow same-sex couples to be officially recognized. City by city, same-sex partnerships are being recognized!

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Thai Court Rejects Marriage Equality Claim

Constitutional Court rejected Thailand gay marriage.

The LGBTQ community in Thailand was shocked to learn that the country’s Constitutional Court has opposed same-sex marriage.

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Why Would The University of Shanghai Collect Information About LGBTQ+ Students?

LGBTQ students at Shanghai University are tracked.

This is scandalous! Shanghai University (SHU) has been collecting information about LGBTQ+ students.

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Japanese Lawmakers Failed To Protect LGBTQ Citizens

Japan fail protecting LGBTQ people.

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.

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Indian Court Ordered Sweeping Reforms To Respect LGBTQ Rights

Chennai Court called change to respect of LGBTQ rights.

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.

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Major Corporations Join Effort To Get Equality Act In Japan Before Olympics

Major global corporations back Equality Act for LGBTQ people in Japan.

Pressure is mounting in Japan for a non-discrimination act for LGBTQ people.

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Japan: Court Said Lack Of Equal Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Sapporo court favored marriage equality in historic ruling.

Last year, I told you about the situation in Japan, which is slowly evolving in favor of LGBTQ rights. Well, a historic victory has taken place there.

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South Korea To Recognize Non-Traditional Families, Except LGBTQ

South Korea won't recognize LGBTQ families.

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.

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116 Groups Urge Japanese Prime Minister To Pass LGBTQ Equality Act

116 groups urge Japan Prime minister to pass LGBTQ Equality Act.

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.

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Malaysia Could Toughen Their Already-Inhumane-Anti-LGBTQ Laws

Malaysia could toughen anti-LGBTQ laws again.

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.

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India Improves Living Conditions For Transgender People

India government launched an online portal to help trans people to change gender on documents.

India is taking an important step for the transgender community by lightening the gender change procedure on official documents.

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Japan: LGBTQ Groups Launch Petition To Get An Equality Act

A petition has been launched to get an Equality Act for LGBTQ people in Japan.

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.

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Japan Airlines Now Uses Gender-Inclusive Language

Gender-neutral greetings to be used by Japan Airlines (JAL).

Japan Airlines (JAL) now uses gender-neutral greetings.

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Japan: Kyoto Now Recognizes Same-Sex Couples

The city of Kyoto recognizes same-sex partnerships.

Marriage equality is not legal in Japan, but more and more cities are establishing same-sex partnerships.

The last Japanese municipality to take the plunge by enabling recognition of LGBTQ couples is Kyoto, in the west of the country.

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Thailand May Recognize Same-Sex Unions Soon

Thailand to allow civil unions soon.

A bill to allow civil unions for same-sex couples has been introduced in Thailand, but the bill is far from perfect.

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Okayama Now Recognizes Same-Sex Couples

Okayama same-sex partnership certificates.

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.

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Japanese Companies Approve Same-Sex Partnership Certificate Campaign

Japanese companies support LGBTQ rights.

A charity has launched a program called the Famiee Project to bring more LGBTQ rights in Japan.

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Singapore Court Refuses To Overturn Law Criminalizing Same-Sex Relationships

Singapore High Court didn't repeal same-sex relationships ban.

I wish I had good news for LGBTQ rights, but I have a bad one, sadly.

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Nepal To Include Third Gender In Its Next Census

2021 Nepal census to include third gender.

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.

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