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New short film provides insight into being gay in Indonesia

New short film provides insight into being gay in Indonesia

In recent years there has been a sudden rise in opposition to LGBT people in Indonesia with conservatives group pushing for homosexuality to be criminalised. While being gay remains legal LGBT people regularly face discrimination and police often use other laws to target the queer community. Often people are arrested and imprisoned under the country’s […]

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Fiji’s Prime Minister reasserts opposition to marriage equality

Fiji’s Prime Minister reasserts opposition to marriage equality

Fiji’s Prime Minister has recommitted that there will be no same-sex marriage in the island nation while his party holds government. FBC News reported that PM Voreqe Bainimarama spoke out against marriage equality in response to chatter on social media that churches were considering their support. Bainimarama said that Fiji is a God-fearing country and […]

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United Nations human rights chief condemns Brunei’s new anti-gay laws

United Nations human rights chief condemns Brunei’s new anti-gay laws

The chief of human rights at the United Nations has slammed moves towards anti-gay laws in Brunei, denouncing them as “cruel and inhuman.” The new laws would see people suspected of being homosexual whipped or stoned to death. The changes in the law are part of a three stage plan to introduce Sharia Law into […]

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Marriage equality comes to the Cayman Islands

Marriage equality comes to the Cayman Islands

The highest court in the Cayman Islands has ruled that refusing a marriage license to same-sex couples is discriminatory, paving the way for marriage equality in the British Overseas Territory. The Cayman Islands’ Grand Court ruled last week in the case of Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush, declaring that the government should not have […]

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World first kidney transplant between people living with HIV

World first kidney transplant between people living with HIV

Doctors in the US have successfully transplanted a kidney donated by one person living with HIV to another who was in need of the organ. The procedure that took place at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore marks the first time a person living with HIV has been allowed to donate a kidney. Dr Dorry Segev, the […]

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Belinda Carlisle calls for boycott of hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei

Belinda Carlisle calls for boycott of hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei

Singer Belinda Carlisle has called for a boycott of hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei following the announcement that the country is set to introduce death by stoning for people who are homosexual. The Go-Go’s lead singer, a longtime ally of the LGBTIQ+ community, said people, especially celebrities, should show their support by boycotting […]

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Malaysian MP says Netflix’s LGBT+ content is ‘causing worry’

Malaysian MP says Netflix’s LGBT+ content is ‘causing worry’

A Malaysian MP has expressed her concerns over streaming service Netflix’s LGBT+ content while speaking in parliament this week. Questioning the Communications Minister, Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid of the main opposition party (United Malays National Organisation) asked if Netflix fell under the same rules for censorship as cinema releases. Authorities recently cut over 20-minutes of […]

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Brunei to introduce stoning to death for homosexuality

Brunei to introduce stoning to death for homosexuality

Human rights groups have called on Brunei to abandon plans to introduce severe laws that would see people suspected of being homosexual whipped or stoned to death. The changes in the law are part of a three stage plan to introduce Sharia Law into the country which was announced several years ago. In 2014 the […]

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Thailand elects first transgender MP to federal parliament

Thailand elects first transgender MP to federal parliament

Thailand have elected their first transgender Member of Parliament over the weekend, with voters taking to the polls at the nation’s first election since a military coup took down the government in 2014. The Future Forward Party’s Tanwarin Sukkhapisit is a transgender filmmaker who also identifies as bisexual. Speaking to media ahead of the election, […]

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US lawmaker Eric Porterfield denies he threatened to drown his children

US lawmaker Eric Porterfield denies he threatened to drown his children

US politician Eric Porterfield has denied he was suggesting he’d drown his children if he discovered they were gay, and has accused the media of deliberately misunderstanding his comments. The lawmaker from Mercer Country in West Virginia made headlines around the world in February when he compared LGBTIQ people to the Ku Klux Klan and […]

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