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Stories about LGBTQ+

18 August 2019

Cinema and new laws bring greater acceptance and visibility for Vietnamese transgenders 

LGBTQ+ identities are gaining legal and social recognition in Vietnam, as a documentary illustrates.

3 August 2019

In Azerbaijan, trolls keep us at each other’s throats

The Bridge

"Recently I half-jokingly wrote on my Facebook page. . . that “being from Azerbaijan is a terminal diagnosis incompatible with happiness.”

2 August 2019

Russia's LGBTQ+ community reels after murder of activist Yelena Grigoryeva

RuNet Echo

Police say Yelena Grigoryeva died in the course of a “domestic dispute” with her killer, but activists dispute that account; her name had recently appeared on a homophobic hit-list.

18 July 2019

Brazil's top court criminalizes homophobia and transphobia

"We believe that punitivism should not be the way for regulation, but since we live in a society tha only reorganizes itself with laws, it is an important decision."

30 June 2019

In pictures: Nepal holds parade during international Pride Month

Participants demanded equal rights, including same-sex marriage, and were able to educate people about the diversity of the queer community, well beyond the term LGBTQ+.

28 June 2019

Myanmar unites against anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination after tragic death of a young gay librarian

Kyaw Zin Win wrote in his last note, "[Myanmar] is a country that mocks the identity and existence of a person".

25 May 2019

This ‘cholita’ drag challenges gender and folklore stereotypes from the Argentine periphery

"It is not the same to be a white gay [man] from the city than a brown gay [man], with body that is not normative, with an indigenous face..."

24 May 2019

Can’t wait to be married: hundreds of same-sex couples celebrate their weddings in Taiwan

May 24 opens the gates to marriage equality for same-sex couples in Taiwan. Hundreds of couples got married on the island, celebrating social recognition and the end of discrimination.

23 May 2019

Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, who taught the world ‘how to write about Africa,’ dies at 48

"There is only one Binyavanga Wainaina. He is an ancestor now. Let us celebrate his life." The world mourns the loss and honors the prolific life of Kenya's leading writer.

Taiwan's same-sex marriage bill is a half-victory for rainbow families

Taiwan has officialized same-sex marriage and granted new rights to the queer community, yet for LGBT parents with children, the battle continues.

21 May 2019

Love wins: same-sex marriage law fully endorsed by Taiwan’s legislature

Taiwan is the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage, now officially voted by the parliament. The first weddings are expected on May 24.

20 May 2019

A tale of two parents: Georgian drag artist on hostility, acceptance and learning to love life

"There is nothing modern about the idea you should love your child."

17 May 2019

In Hong Kong, the sexual connotation of Ikea's new tofu ice cream ad creates controversy

"[The ad] generates the image of a woman wishing for her body to be eaten like tofu."

10 May 2019

How the word ‘gender’ became a slur in Bulgaria

Homophobia and transphobia are widespread in Bulgaria, whose government has recently cozied up to the extreme right.

9 May 2019

Is Stella Nyanzi ‘weaponizing the vagina'? Ugandan feminist goes to court in free speech case

Advox

On her quest for good governance, Stella Nyanza is "unflinching in her criticism of the Ugandan government" and unafraid to tackle taboos around sex, gender and LGBT rights.

24 April 2019

Malaysian activist under police probe after LGBT speech at the United Nations

"The police investigation into Numan’s statement merely serves to highlight the harassment, bullying and discrimination faced by LGBT persons in Malaysia."

23 April 2019

A conversation with the creator of FindyourB, a podcast for soul-searching Kazakh millennials

A podcast that examines identity and value systems is attracting young people in Kazakhstan.

9 April 2019

In landmark decision, Lebanese military court rules that homosexuality is not a crime

The good news was soon tempered by the fact that the army is seeking to appeal the court so that the four individuals are charged with crimes.

30 March 2019

In the Caucasus, queer people are forced to flee their homes

"There is a point after which you just can’t take it anymore."

22 March 2019

Controversy at Malaysia’s Women’s Day march leads to its organizers being probed for sedition

"The government must not take the side of the bullies. Denying a group of marginalised groups their right to participate in democracy is truly an abuse of democracy."

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