The Good, the Bad and the Reflective
Stockholm to get new same-sex traffic lights in show of LGBT support. A posh Stockholm neighbourhood will soon see its traffic lights receive a facelift as the standard lone figure on the crossing signals is replaced by same-sex couples. Forty-eight of the new lights will be temporarily installed in the Östermalm district to mark Stockholm Pride from July 31st to August 6th, in an initiative by the City of Stockholm.
Gay Chinese man wins legal battle over forced conversion therapy. A court in China’s Henan province has ruled in favor of a plaintiff involuntarily committed to a mental hospital for “gay conversion treatment,” ordering it to pay damages. LGBT advocates in the country are hailing it as the first victory for such a case.
Timor-Leste held its first Pride march, and it was glorious. Backed by its Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo’s recent message of support for the gay community, the theme of this year’s march was “acceptance,” and reportedly, hundreds of people joined with a marching band to participate in the Pride Parade.
東帝汶日前已舉行該國第一場LGBTQ+驕傲遊行，同志人權又向前跨出一步。該國總理Rui Maria de Araújo還宣布，這個年輕國家的發展，仰賴對所有公民權利的尊重。今年的主題为「接纳」。據報導，數百人加入一個行軍樂隊一同慶祝這次的驕傲遊行。
Armenia recognizes same-sex marriages performed abroad. It is only the second former Soviet nation after Estonia to recognize same-sex marriages of any kind. Within Armenia itself there is no recognition of same-sex relationships, no anti-discrimination laws, and gay men are declared mentally ill and unfit for military service.
Pride parade in London: Thousands join LGBT march. More than 26,000 people have joined the Pride Parade through central London. The annual march, now in its 45th year, marks 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales. Check out BBC’s “In pictures: Pride in London through the years” to see how Pride in London has been evolving.
(Photo taken from Victor Chan’s FB via 風傳媒)
Church of England votes to explore transgender services. The General Synod of the Church of England has officially passed a motion welcoming and affirming transgender people to the church and to provide services for people transitioning. A top bishop also declared that being LGBT is "not a sin." The vote followed Saturday's decision by the synod to call on the Government to ban the practice of "conversion therapy" for gay people.
英國教會投票同意探討為跨性別人士提供教會服務。英國聖公會總議會（The General Synod of the Church of England）正式通過一項議案，歡迎和接納跨性別人士到教會。一位身居高位的主教也宣稱LGBT“不是一種罪惡”。大會的周末會議環節中，教會機構還提出另一項議案，要求政府禁止給同性戀人士提供批評者所說的“轉換治療”。
Malaysia group has joined Indonesia in an attempted boycott giant coffee chain Starbucks over its support for LGBT rights. Last week, Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim organisation in Indonesia, Muhammadiyah, urged followers to boycott Starbucks.
馬來西亞團體連同印尼穆斯林組織共同呼籲民眾，抵制美國連鎖咖啡店星巴克 （Starbucks），原因竟是因為星巴克支持LGBT族群及同性婚姻，挑戰了兩國的傳統穆斯林價值。印尼第二大穆斯林組織穆罕馬迪亞 （Muhammadiyah）領導人於上周公開呼籲其支持者抵制星巴克。
After a lesbian couple reportedly married in India, their parents called the police. It is believed the women married at a temple in Bangalore in Southern India. Under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, same-sex marriage is a criminal act. After the two women, age 25 and 21, failed to return home, one of their parents filed a complaint with police.
Chechnya resumes arrests of gay and bi men on eve of global summit. As the world awaits the first summit meeting between the presidents of the United States and Russian beginning tomorrow, a Russian hotline, All Out, says a new wave of illegal arrests of gay and bisexual men is underway inside the Russian-controlled republic of Chechnya.
A series of Pride adverts shown in the UK will make history as they break your heart.
Lesbian Apology 女同志道歉篇
Gay Apology 男同志道歉篇
Bi Apology 雙性戀道歉篇
Trans Apology 跨性別道歉篇
The Apology 道歉
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