For one Chinese man, divorce by reason of homosexuality proves costly

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CHINA — When a 27-year-old woman, surnamed Wang, met the 32-year-old man, surnamed Zhou, she was, in her own words, swept off her feet. The two met one night and, much to her surprise, this charming, humorous stranger proposed. After four months of dating, they got married. But Wang quickly discovered certain quirks about him. [...]

Turkey’s gay community rallies in support of newly elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

TURKEY — Despite what critics call his authoritarian streak, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan coasted to the presidency after winning 52 percent of the Turkish vote Aug. 10 making him the first popularly elected president in Turkey’s history. What has gone largely unnoticed in the Western press is that his Justice and Development Party (AKP) [...]

Uganda holds first Pride festival (VIDEO)

Uganda Pride

Just weeks after a Ugandan constitutional court rejected their ‘anti-gay’ law, the country has held its first Pride rally. The rally held Saturday in Entebbe, 35km from the capital Kampala, had police  permission under and was described as an”invitation-only Uganda Pride” event. In a report in The Guardian Sandra Ntebi, the organizer of the event said, ”This event [...]

Myanmar LGBT activists promote blood tests, condoms, HIV info during Nat ‘spirit’ festival

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MYANMAR – LGBT activists have used the popular Nat ‘spirit’ festival in Myanmar to provide HIV related information and promote blood tests and condoms to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS among gay men in the country, reports GayAsiaNews.com. The annual spirit festival is a socially accepted gathering point for members of the gay community even though same-sex relations are [...]

Indian federal Cabinet bars adoption by same-sex couples

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INDIA –  The Indian federal Cabinet has decided to officially bar same-sex couples from adopting children, a move that some say can also be extended to single members of the LGBT community, reports GayAsiaNews.com. The cabinet took the decision, Aug. 6 while considering amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, [...]

Vietnamese LGBT community celebrates third birthday in Hanoi

Hanoi Pride

Around 300 activists led a colorful parade through Hanoi on Sunday in the nation’s largest ever Gay Pride event, as communist Vietnam shows signs of increasing tolerance of sexual difference, reports Agence France Presse. The city streets were awash with rainbow flags, as a mainly young crowd cycled and danced through the capital urging an [...]

Uganda court strikes down anti-homosexuality law (VIDEO)

Uganda court

A court in Uganda struck down the country’s anti-homosexuality  law, Friday amid cheers from a packed courtroom in the capital Kampala. According to a report in the New York Times, a panel of five judges announced that the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which punishes some homosexual behavior with life in prison, was invalid because it had been [...]

Indian celebrities are taking to social media to support equality rights

Reema Kagti

INDIA — Indian celebrities are taking to social media to support the rights of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community by pushing for equality in a country that criminalizes same-sex relations, reports GayAsiaNews.com. This is in response to Humsafar Trust, an organization that promotes LGBTI rights, that recently started a petition against Section 377 on [...]

Gay activists in China challenge ‘conversion therapy’ in courts

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China — For the first time, a  Chinese court will  hear a challenge against “gay conversion therapy.” This is in a country where same-sex relations were only removed from the list of mental illnesses in the early 2000s, reports GayAsia News.com. Gay rights activists say this could be a legal milestone in their fight to [...]

Bangkok HIV Foundation launches new social campaign to support gay men with HIV in Thailand

The HIV Foundation

BANGKOK – A voluntary organization working with people living with HIV is embarking on a new online campaign to help build supportive social environments and combat HIV discrimination against gay, transgender men and women in Thailand, reports GayAsia News.com. The HIV Foundation Thailand begins its new online campaign called “You are Not Alone” August 1 to [...]

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