Taiwan to host its first International Queer Film Festival

First Taiwan International Queer Film Festival

TAIWAN — Taiwan is getting ready to host its first International Queer Film Festival which organizers say is an endeavor to showcase LGBT themes to the Taiwanese people as well as highlight awareness about issues the community faces, reports GayAsiaNews.com. “We hope that the Queer Festival will not only play an anchor role in showing to [...]

Gay European Tourism Association launches LGBT travel advice

ILGA Rainbow Map of Europe

The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has teamed up with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to offer travel advice to LGBT travelers in Europe. In a new travel advice section on its Web site,  GETA explains the difference in legal and social attitudes to homosexuality across Western, Central and Eastern Europe. “Most countries in [...]

Thai LGBT people encounter great stigma, discrimination says UNDP-US report

Being LGBT in Asia 2

BANGKOK — The Thai LGBT community encounters great social stigma and limited job opportunities despite the country’s tourism authority actively promoting Thailand as a gay-friendly tourist destination, says a recent international report. According to GayAsiaNews.com, the ‘Being LGBT in Asia’ Thailand Country Report released Sept. 16,  “highlights a contradiction between Thailand’s public face of tolerance [...]

Bangladesh set to veto UN rights for gay and lesbian people

Abdul Momen

BANGLADESH — Bangladesh says it will veto the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) proposal to provide rights for gay and lesbian people, reports GayAsiaNews.com. “It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslim and Christian, we opposed it,” Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN Abdul Momen told the Dhaka Tribune. [...]

Activists press Kazakh leaders to adopt anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws

Dauren Babamuratov

Members of the Bolashak national movement and social activists in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, have combined their efforts to help staunch the spread of gay propaganda as well as ban same-sex couples from adoption, work in the public sector or service in the Kazakh army. Dauren Babamuratov, the public face of the anti-gay backlash, has [...]

Next iteration of the lesbian mag debuts in France

Well Well Well

With a checkered past and an unsympathetic readership, Well Well Well hopes to blaze a new trail in lesbian glossies as it debuted last Friday in France. The magazine, which will initially be published biannually and focuses on the modern French lesbian woman, hopes to succeed where others have failed. “Earlier this year, Jeanne — [...]

Indian government asks Supreme Court to modify its pro-transgender ruling


INDIA –  The Indian federal government has asked the Supreme Court to modify its landmark ruling that accepted transgender people as a socially and economically backward caste, reports GayAsiaNews.com. The government also told the Supreme Court that gays, lesbians and bisexuals cannot all be clubbed as transgenders and that such a supposition had created confusion. [...]

The Gambia passes new anti-LGBT legislation


According to multiple news reports, The Gambia’s National Assembly has passed legislation that includes nearly identical language to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, which Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law in February. The Gambian legislation includes life sentences for those who are convicted of “aggravated homosexuality” or are considered “repeat offenders,” among other charges. The legislation [...]

UK diplomat weds same-sex partner in Beijing

Brian Davidson, the UK consul-general in Shanghai, marries his partner Scott Chang, in Beijing, Sept. 6

CHINA — A British diplomat in China has married his same-sex partner, making use of the Chinese government’s non objection to British same-sex nationals being able to wed at the U.K. diplomatic mission, reports GayAsiaNews.com. Brian Davidson, the United Kingdom’s consul-general in Shanghai, married his partner Scott Chang, an American citizen, in Beijing Sept. 6. [...]

Israel gets its first gay Conservative rabbi

Rabbi Mikie Goldstein is flanked at his ordination by (L-R): Ruhi Sophia Rubenstein, a fellow rabbinical intern at CBST; Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, senior rabbi of CBST; and Rabbi Rachel Weiss, assistant rabbi at CBST. (photo credit: Courtesy Mikie Goldstein)

ISRAEL – A gay rabbi from England living in Israel was installed as the leader of Adat Shalom Emanuel in Rehovot, the only non-Orthodox synagogue in the city, reports GayAsiaNews.com. Rabbi Mikie Goldstein, a native of Liverpool who has been living in Israel since 1989, belongs to Israel’s Masorti (Conservative) Movement that approved the ordination [...]

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