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The city of Osaka became the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex couples as foster parents. The change in policy came about when the city recognized two men, who wish to remain anonymous, as the foster parents of a teenage boy who had been in their care since February 2017.
In a progressive move, the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU) in Tamil Nadu recently announced that the members of the transgender community get free education starting from this academic year. All the institutes affiliated with the university will provide free of cost education to transgender people. This is a step towards ending discrimination and empowering the members of this community. Apart from offering free education, the syndicate of the university also decided to make separate restrooms for transgender students in all its institutions.
位於印度南部泰米爾納德邦的Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU)大學最近宣布，其社區內的跨性別學生將在新學年起享受免費教育。所有隸屬於該大學的學院將為其跨性別學生免費提供教育。這是消除歧視和培力社群成員的重要一步。除了提供免費教育外，該大學的董事會還決定為跨性別學生設立獨立的洗手間。
LGBT couples who tie the knot have better physical and mental health, more social support and greater financial resources than those who remain single, a new study has found. In 2014, researchers from the University of Washington (UW) in the US studied more than 1,800 LGBT people, ages 50 and older, in locations where gay marriage was already legal. UW researchers found that, in general, participants in a relationship, whether married or in a long-term partnership, showed better health outcomes than those who were single.
Ireland is to become the first country in the world to carry out a national LGBT youth strategy. The strategy will help tackle homophobia and address the challenges faced by young members of Ireland’s LGBT community. Young members of the LGBT community are encouraged to attend roadshows in several Irish cities in the coming months. The programme plans to hold consultations with young people between the age of 15-24 so as to provide recommendations in key policy areas.愛爾蘭將成為世界上第一個實施全國性LGBT青年政策的國家。該策略將有助於解決恐同問題，並應對愛爾蘭LGBT社群內的青年成員所面臨的挑戰。其政府鼓勵LGBT社群的年輕成員在未來幾個月參與在多個愛爾蘭城市舉辦的巡迴說明會。此方案計劃與15至24歲的青少年進行諮詢，以獲取重點政策領域的重要建議。
(LGBT flag map of Ireland taken from Wikimedia Commons)
Protesters marched against New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) yesterday in New Taipei City’s Sijhih District, as efforts to recall the legislator continued. There has been a movement since December last year to recall Huang over his support for marriage equality. At a separate news conference celebrating the first anniversary of the NPP’s Hsinchu headquarters, Huang said his support for marriage equality was “unshakeable.”
Gay men are being held in “open camps” in the Chechen Republic where they are subjected to torture and beatings, human rights campaigners have claimed. The claims follow reports last week that 100 gay men had been rounded up and imprisoned in Chechnya, with at least three people allegedly murdered.
A gay man outed his fellow contestant, on national television, as transgender to other contestants in an attempt to save himself from elimination in the long-running reality competition program, Survivor. The act backfired on Jeff Varner. The other contestants, rightly outraged by what had transpired, voted him off the island for his dastardly deed.
This video of a Taiwanese dad learning to accept his lesbian daughter will give you all the feels. In the end, the love for his daughter trumped self-blame, shock, fears and all the negativities. (from ADVOCATE.com - Video by 愛的進行式 with English & Chinese subtitles)
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(Editing: Hannah Fazio, LEEWANG Ching)