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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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South Korean Military Discharges First Soldier Because Of Her Trans Identity

Trans South Korean military soldier was discharded.

Although South Koreans are gradually accepting the LGBTQ community thanks to growing representation in TV series and movies, the military has just sent a soldier home because of her transgender identity.

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The Philippines Supreme Court Rejects Marriage Equality

Philippines Supreme court says no to marriage equality.

Bad news... The LGBTQ+ community in the Philippines has suffered a bitter defeat in its attempt to legalize equal marriage.

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200,000 People Mobilize For The Legalization Of Marriage Equality In China

LGBTQ people gathered in China.

China is one of those countries where there is no law allowing same-sex couples to get married. But as China revises its civil laws, LGBTQ activists are pushing for the legalization of marriage equality.

The goal is simple: to show that this law would not only affect a dozen people but hundreds of thousands.

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Hong Kong Judges Reject Same-Sex Marriage And Civil Unions

Hong Kong court ruled against marriage equality.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1991 in Hong Kong, an independent territory in southeast China. In June 2018, a new victory took place for our community as the Hong Kong High Court ruled in favor of a gay couple fighting for equal benefits. In July, the court ruled that foreign LGBTQ couples living in Hong Kong city who had legally married elsewhere were entitled to a spouse visa.

So we believed that victory was possible when MK, a lesbian woman, launched a challenge to get marriage equality.

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The 2019 Taiwan Pride March Was Memorable!

The 2019 Taiwan Pride march.

Taiwan became Asia’s first country to legalize equal marriage on May 24, 2019. Last week’s Pride march was an opportunity to celebrate.

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What The Hell Is Going On With LGBTQ Rights In China?

LGBTQ rights in China.

As you may have heard, China has been cracking down on the LGBTQ community. This is concerning for a number of reasons and we're going to break it all down in this post!

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LGBTQ Rights in Thailand: What Happens Next?

Thailand gay rights.

Thailand's LGBTQ community has been fighting for equal rights in the country. The topic of marriage equality was at the forefront of many people's minds, but after long discussions, it seems that things are not really moving forward as we would like them to move--at least anytime soon!

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LGBTQ Rights In Japan

LGBTQ rights in Japan.

After years of waiting to finally see the rights of LGBTQ people advance in Japan, it looks as though that time is now.

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