Ruling on transgender people may help gay rights, say Indian lawyers

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NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court’s ruling recognizing transgender people as the third sex might pave the way for decriminalizing same-sex relations in India, say gay-rights lawyers and activists in India, GayAsiaNews reports. In a landmark ruling on April 15, a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri directed that transgender people [...]

Indian Supreme Court recognizes transgender people as third sex

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NEW DELHI — Today, India’s highest court has directed that transgender people be recognized as the third sex, besides male and female and be accorded social acceptability and an equal standing under Indian law, reports GayAsia News.com. “The spirit of the Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their [...]

UN urges Brunei to delay new law mandating stoning of gay people

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BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – Brunei has adopted a new penal code that calls for death by stoning for same-sex relations which will come into effect April 22, reports GayAsiaNews.com. Same-sex relations have long been a crime in Brunei, but the maximum punishment till now has been a 10-year prison sentence. The United Nations human rights office [...]

Phuket Pride Week to embrace record number of tourists

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THAILAND — Asia’s most picturesque resort is set to embrace the LGBT community during the upcoming Phuket Pride Week in what is likely to be a record for Thailand tourism. GayAsiaNews reports that Although Thailand does not recognize marriage between same-sex couples, Phuket is being promoted as one of the best places in the world [...]

Marriage equality in Taiwan lacks force of law despite social acceptance

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TAIWAN — Despite  growing social acceptance of marriage between same-sex couples, equality in Taiwan remains largely a dream because of a lack of legal recognition reports gayasianews.com In the past, same-sex relations were taboo but recent studies show attitudes are changing, said a taipeitimes.com report citing last year’s poll conducted by Academia Sinica showing 52 percent [...]

Thirty-five men arrested in Saudi Arabia for participation in alleged ‘gay’ party

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Thirty-five men has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for what officials are claiming is their participation in a “gay party,” reports the PeninuslaTimes.org. The men were arrested in the early morning of April 4 in a suburb of Jeddah, a city in the Hijaz Tihamah region on the coast of the Red Sea and a [...]

Australia’s professional sports commit to ‘eliminate’ homophobia

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In a world first, this coming Wednesday (Tuesday USA) every major, professional sport in Australia will collectively commit to tackling discrimination based on sexual orientation. Australian Football League’s Andrew Demetriou (CEO), Australia Rugby Union’s Bill Pulver (CEO), National Rugby League’s Dave Smith (CEO), Football Federation of Australia’s David Gallop (CEO) and Cricket Australia’s Ben Amarfio [...]

Indian High Court to reconsider ban on same-sex relations

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The Indian Supreme Court April 3 has agreed to consider the plea by gay activists to reconsider its verdict that recriminalized same-sex relations. Naz Foundation, a voluntary organization fighting for gay rights and the repeal of the colonial-era anti-gay law, had filed a curative petition requesting the Supreme Court to “correct” its verdict. A bench [...]

Taiwan rejects appeal from same-sex couple looking to wed

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Despite a 28-year effort to get Taiwan to recognize same-sex marriage, Chi Chia-wei and his husband in all but name, have failed to persuade a Taiwanese court to strike down a ban preventing a government agency from registering their marriage. The decision, the ManilaTimes.net reports, is “a major setback for equal rights.” Taiwan, an outlier [...]

Same-sex marriage now legal in England and Wales

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Saturday, thousands of gay and lesbian couples in England and Wales tied the knot as marriage equality became the law of the land, bringing to 16 the number of countries where committed gay and lesbian couples can legally marry.  According to news reports, couples are vying to be first to be married by holding ceremonies [...]

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