Posts Categorized: LGBT Rights

Chinese Government Uses Bureaucratic Tactic to Close LGBTQ+ Groups

This week, the Municipal Affairs Bureau in China’s southern city of Guangzhous shut down two local LGBTQ rights groups: the Guangzhou University Rainbow Group and the Guangzhou Gender and Sexuality Education Center. The Rainbow group taught students about LGBTQ issues and the Education Center helped raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment. Nevertheless, the Bureau listed… Read more »

Lithuania Court: Foreign Partners of Gay Citizens Must Be Given Residency

The highest court in Lithuania has ruled that foreign spouses of gay citizens must be given residency permits. In a momentous ruling on Friday (January 11), the court denounced the practice of denying residency permits to gay spouses as discriminatory and against human dignity, according to AFP. “The refusal to issue permits cannot be based… Read more »

Cuba Marriage Equality Removed From New Constitution – The Washington Blade

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The Cuban government on Tuesday announced the draft of the country’s new constitution will not contain an amendment that would have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. Hatzel Vela, a Havana-based reporter for WPLG, a South Florida television station, reported the Cuban National Assembly cited Council of State Secretary Homero Acosta Álvarez in a series of tweets… Read more »

Anthony Kennedy Struggled With Marriage Equality Decision

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Former Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy said his decision to rule in favor of marriage equality even surprised himself. So what prompted his decision? Children. In an interview with Bloomberg, Kennedy said he struggled with the issue before deciding to rule in favor of allowing same-sex couples to legally wed nationwide. In the end, Kennedy… Read more »

Barilla Limited Edition Box Features Lesbian Art

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Barilla gave attendees of a contest in Italy boxes of spaghetti with a drawing of lesbians on the box. At the World Pasta Championship – an event sponsored by Barilla – in Milan last month, hundreds of limited edition boxes of spaghetti no. 5 were given out. The boxes feature a design by illustrator Olimpia… Read more »

New Survey Shows Distance Between Democrats and Republicans on Queer Rights

A survey of Democratic and Republican candidates on LGBTQ acceptance showed a stark difference between the two parties. The poll, conducted by GLAAD, was sent to 1165 candidates for the Senate, the House, Governor, and Lt. Governor this past July. The candidates were asked if they were comfortable with LGBTQ people in various situations, like… Read more »

Protusts Erupt as Trump Administration Tries to Erase Transgender People

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Transgender activists rallied in New York City last night after it was revealed that the Trump Administration is trying to redefine “gender.” A New York Times article on Saturday described a leaked Department of Health and Human Services memo that described an effort to redefine sex in federal law as “a person’s status as male… Read more »

Thailand Civil Unions Could Arrive By Year’s End – LGBTQ Nation

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Thailand could become the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex partnerships. A new bill called the Civil Partnership Act has been announced, and it could make civil unions for same-sex couples a reality by the end of this year. Thailand currently only recognizes heterosexual marriages, but the Civil Partnership Act would open up many… Read more »

Purple Unions: Queer Rights Update 8/16/18

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Here’s our latest Queer Rights Update worldwide: STUDY Straight People Are Less Attracted to Trans People, No Matter How Good Looking A study by researchers at Indiana University found that straight people are less attracted to trans people — regardless of how good looking that person is. 319 cisgender and heterosexual college students participated in… Read more »

Four Advances for Queer Rights

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The world continues to turn, and not everything is getting worse for the queer community: Trinidad and Tobago Okays Gay Sex Trinidad and Tobago has struck down a colonial-era law that criminalised gay sex in the islands. A high court judge ruled on Thursday that the historic laws banning “buggery” are unconstitutional and will be… Read more »