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Vietnam’s Ministry Of Health Took A Stand Against “Conversion Therapy”

Vietnam's Health Minister ends conversion therapy.

Earlier this month, Vietnam's Health Minister issued a statement condemning and banning the practice of trying to "cure" sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBTQ rights advocates around the world celebrated this news, as it represents a big step forward for LGBTQ rights in Vietnam.  Why The "Leave With Pride" Campaign Was So Important This...

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Hong Kong Court Opposes Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage in Hong Kong won't be recognized.

Hong Kong Court of Appeal has ruled that same-sex marriage will not be recognized, dealing a blow to the city's LGBTQ community.The right to marry is one of the most fundamental rights guaranteed under Hong Kong law, yet same-sex couples in the city are currently denied this right.  Gay Man Launches Legal Challenge To Hong Kong's Dis...

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Decriminalizing Same-Sex Relationships To Remain A Small Step For LGBTQ Rights In Singapore

Singapore repealed gay sex ban, but opposed gay marriage.

Last Monday, Singapore's Prime Minister announced that his government would repeal the colonial-era ban on same-sex relationships, a move welcomed by LGBTQ rights activists and community members. But don't be too quick to rejoice because everything about the announcement was far from positive.  Repeal Of Section 377A Of The Penal Code, It's Ab...

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Thailand Moves Forward With Plans To Legalize Same-Sex Unions

Thailand move closer to legalising same-sex unions.

Thailand could soon be the second Asian territory to legalize same-sex unions.  Thailand Moves Closer To Legalizing Same-Sex Unions  Thailand took a big step towards marriage equality two weeks ago, with parliament voting to legalize same-sex unions in its first reading. Four bills relating to same-sex marriage and civil partnership were ...

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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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