The good, the bad and the MUSHY
More Major League Baseball teams will host LGBTQ+ nights for Pride month this June than ever before: a third of the league, 11 teams in all. Half of all the teams have plans for events during the season. Click here for a list highlighting some of the exciting events scheduled throughout June!
Same-sex couples from across the Asia Pacific region are flocking to New Zealand to get married. 58% of the same-sex couples were from Australia and 17% were from China. New Zealand is the only country in the region to legally recognize same-sex marriages.
The Supreme Court of Bermuda ruled today that same-sex couples have the right to marry, bringing to a close a year-long drama over marital rights in the British island territory. The situation for LGBTQ+ people in Bermuda had gradually been improving over the last few years. Discrimination based on sexual orientation was banned under the territory's Human Rights Act in 2013.
百慕達最高法院今天裁定同性伴侶有權結婚，結束了長達一年多的婚姻權利戰。 百慕達LGBT+人士的處境在過去幾年逐漸改善。 當地《人權法》於2013年開始禁止基於性取向的歧視。
Canada is about to introduce gender-inclusive passports which will offer a third, unspecified option for those who do not fall into the female or male category. Currently, the country only allows “F” or “M” options on passports, but a proposed bill may change this, creating inclusivity and relieving stress that both transgender and non-binary people face.
New streetlights featuring gay and lesbian couples holding hands are to be installed in the centre of Turin, Italy. The local council passed a motion backing the installation of lights replacing the little green man with little green same-sex couples.
(photo taken from PinkNews)
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black have shared the first photographs of their stunning wedding at Bovey Castle. "On 6th May 2017, I married the love of my life, @dlanceblack," Tom wrote in the Instagram caption. The British Olympic diver's new husband, an Emmy Award scriptwriter and producer, also shared a picture of the nuptials, asking "So... what did you do this weekend?"
On May 7, 2017, thousands of individuals belonging to the Japanese LGBTQ+ community paraded on the streets of Shibuya for the finale of the annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride event. With more than 60 events leading up to the parade, the theme of this year’s Tokyo Rainbow Pride was “Change.” While LGBTQ+ rights have improved significantly in recent years with numerous reforms and the coming out of several openly gay politicians, Japan is yet to legalise same-sex marriage.
(photo taken from Tokyo Rainbow Pride Facebook page)
Recent reports from Chechnya alleged that the country is detaining and torturing gay men. According to one survivor, Chechen authorities are also telling parents to murder their gay children. If they don’t, the government will carry out the act.
Trans activists in India have alleged that transgender people are being denied access to burial grounds. Many people are forced to bury their loved one outside the graveyard or bribe the caretaker to perform the last rites at night.
An Indonesian university refuses to enrol LGBTQ+ students. An Indonesian university in the country’s West Sumatra region requires students to declare they are not LGBTQ+ before admitting them. LGBTI students who manage to sneak into the university will be 'rehabilitated' and expelled.
Sir Ian McKellen reflects on his youth as a closeted gay man in this heartbreaking short film
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(Editing: NC Kwong, Art M., Lian Tsai)