‘Homowives’ unlikely allies in push for gay equality in China

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In China, homosexuality still remains taboo. But the pressure to conform to heteronormative behavior stems neither from religion nor the state but from Chinese families where a one-child policy puts additional pressures on gay men to continue the family line. Enter the ‘homowives,’ a non-derogatory term in China that refers to the wives of gay [...]

Marriage equality comes to Slovenia

Slovenia

The government of Slovenia has passed legislation that will make it the 21st nation to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens. Slovenia’s national parliament approved the bill by a vote of 51 to 28. The bill will be sent to President Borut Pahor to sign into law. Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark,France, [...]

South Korean television has its ‘Roseanne’ moment with first ever lesbian kiss on television

Kiss_South Korea

An unprecedented lesbian kiss between two high school students on a popular South Korean TV drama, Seonam Girls High School Investigators, has fueled a debate about portrayals of sexuality in a rapidly modernizing society with deeply conservative roots. The broadcast and Internet regulatory body, the Korea Communications Standards Commission, said Friday it had received complaints [...]

Chinese authorities clamp down on LGBT web content (VIDEO)

Mama Rainbow

Documentarian Fan Popo’s latest endeavor about the lives of six mothers and their gay or lesbian children has been pulled offline by state officials for reasons that have not been officially announced. Mama Rainbow, a modest success with over 100,000 views on such popular video portals as YouKu.com. and 56.com, is part of an unofficial [...]

Ireland sets May 22 for same-sex marriage referendum

Enda Kenny

Taoiseach (prime minister of Ireland) Enda Kenny has said he expects the same-sex marriage referendum to be held on Friday 22 May, reports RTE.ie. Kenny told RTE: “It’s a question that will be put very clearly to the people. I support this very strongly. It sets out our image of a very tolerant and inclusive [...]

Israel’s first-ever LGBTQ leadership summit announced

Israel

A Wider Bridge has announce “40 Years of Pride,” the first-ever global LGBTQ leadership conference to be held in Israel will take place June 9-11 at The Royal Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel. The LGBT – 40 Years of Pride Conference, organized by The Aguda and A Wider Bridge, will bring together a diverse [...]

Ireland: Three in five back gay marriage

Ireland

A new poll shows that more than three in five people will vote to legalise same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland reports Gay Star News. Just two months before a referendum on its recognition of marriage equality, a Millward Brown survey, published yesterday in the Sunday Independent, show 62% of voters are set to [...]

Japanese transgender couple reflects both the promise and reality of country’s LGBT community

Kazuki Osawa (l.) and partner Shoi Osawa courtesy of the Japan Times

Step by seemingly immeasurable step, Japan is beginning to acknowledge its country’s sexual minorities, an act at once both radical and surprisingly belated. And no one seems to represent those conflicted cultural strains more emblematically than 26-year-old Kazuki Osawa and his partner Shoi Osawa, a childhood friend. What makes this relationship so different is that [...]

Former BP CEO, Lord Browne invests in Gay Star News

Lord Browne

LGBTI Web site, Gay Star News announced today that former BP CEO Lord Browne of Madingley has become a shareholder in the business, taking a 12.5% stake. Seven years after his resignation as CEO of BP, Lord Browne wrote The Glass Closet, a book about the acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people in business. He [...]

New poll reveals Vietnamese are recognizing their sexual identities at a much earlier age

Vietnam

While not quite an overnight phenomenon, today’s young gay Vietnamese are coming out earlier, facing far fewer social stigmas, and are finding an increasing number of social support networks according to a poll released by ISC, reports Voice of America. The survey, while hindered somewhat by its online methodology, shows that, among its many findings, [...]

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