FILE – A supporter of the Philippine LGBT (Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender) group poses before the rainbow flag during the annual celebration of “Pride March” June 30, 2018, in Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines. / AP

End of Singapore’s gay sex ban is small step in Asia-Pacific

Singapore’s decision to decriminalize sex between men is being hailed as a step in the right direction for LGBTQ rights in the Asia-Pacific region, a vast area of nearly 5…

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Singapore to repeal colonial-era law against gay sex

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced Sunday the country will repeal a colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex, though he maintained that the government will continue to “uphold” marriage as…

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LGBTQ+ couples can now seek mortgages from Government Housing Bank

Thailand’s Government Housing Bank (GHB) has taken a major step in recognising gender equality by allowing LGBTQ+ couples to apply for mortgages on the same basis as heterosexual couples or…

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Kylie Masse of Canada competes in her Women 100m Backstroke semifinal at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

World swimming bans transgender athletes from women’s events

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — World swimming’s governing body has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events, starting Monday. FINA members widely adopted a new “gender inclusion policy” on…

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Protest during a mass marriage registration event on Valentine’s Day in Bangkok on February 14, 2022. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Marriage or partnership? The four-way fight for LGBT couples’ rights in Thailand

Thailand moved a step closer to legal recognition of same-sex couples on June 15, as four draft laws on LGBTQ couples’ rights sailed through the first reading in Parliament. Approved…

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Parliament passes 1st reading of Marriage Equality Bill, paving way for same sex marriage

Thailand’s House of Representatives passed the first reading of the Move Forward party’s groundbreaking Marriage Equality Bill today (Wednesday), by 212 votes to 180 votes, with 12 abstentions and 4…

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Doing ‘drag’ was kind of an escape: Pangina Heals

“Doing ‘drag’ was kind of an escape, a way in which you can be a different character, a better version of you and somewhat super-human. So, I was really attracted…

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Bangkok celebrates first ‘Pride Month’ with newly elected governor

Bangkok saw its first official Pride parade yesterday (Sunday), to celebrate gender diversity and to advocate forgender equality. Thousands of LGBTQ+ community members joined the festive “Bangkok Naruemit Pride Parade”…

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Rainbow pride parade return to Japan first time in three years

Members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters have paraded in central Tokyo for the first time in three years and called for a society free of discrimination and prejudice….

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Bangkok district office to offer free marriage registration for same-sex couples on Valentine’s Day

Bangkok’s Bang Khun Thian district office will provide a free marriage registration service for same sex couples and issue certificates on Valentine’s Day. The district director, Pongjakarin Tavornpong, said today…

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Pope Francis leaves after the weekly general audience at the Vatican, January 26, 2022. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Support your children if they are gay, pope tells parents

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Wednesday that parents of gay children should not condemn them but offer them support. He spoke in unscripted comments at his weekly audience in reference to difficulties that parents can face in…

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Constitutional Court’s full verdict enrages LGBT community, rights defenders

Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled on November 10 that Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code defining marriages as only between men and women is constitutional, following a petition filed…

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LGBTQ+ groups and supporters rally in Bangkok to demand equal rights

Thailand’s feminist, LGBTQ+ and pro-democracy groups held exhibitions at Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok today (Sunday), in support of their joint campaign seeking equal rights for all genders. Those attending the…

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Passers-by stand in front of the Brussels Town Hall and the rest of the historical Grand Place in Brussels lit with the rainbow colours to show solidarity to the LGTBQ+ community after the anti-gay vote in Hungary and the position of UEFA in Brussels, on June 23, 2021. (Photo by Aris Oikonomou / AFP)

EU launches legal action against Hungary, Poland over LGBTQ rights

Brussels (AFP) – The European Commission on Thursday launched legal action against the conservative governments of EU members Hungary and Poland in response to measures seen as discriminating against LGBTQ citizens. As…

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LGBTQ Friendly Monastery

Thailand is one of the LGBTQ friendliest countries in the world. Members of the LGBTQ community can do well in life and enjoy relatively wide freedoms. The religious journey can…

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Rainbow Capitalism: Does it hurt or help the LGTBQ+ movement?

Every June, gay people across the globe celebrate Pride month to honor, recall and rejoice over LGTBQ activists, whose trailblazers changed the world. Every June, however, the conversation surrounding ‘Rainbow…

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Rainbow Capitalism: Does it hurt or help the LGTBQ+ movement?

Every June, gay people around the world celebrate Pride month to honour, recall and rejoice over LGTBQ activists, whose trailblazers changed the world. The conversation surrounding ‘Rainbow capitalism’, however, also…

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(L-R) Germany’s defender Marcel Halstenberg, forward Timo Werner, defender Robin Gosens, midfielder Kai Havertz, midfielder Joshua Kimmich and defender Robin Koch warm up during an MD-1 training session at the team’s base at the Adi Dassler stadium in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on June 22, 2021, on the eve of their UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match against Hungary. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

UEFA refuses to light Munich stadium in rainbow colours for Germany-Hungary match

UEFA’s decision to block plans by Munich to light the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for the Germany-Hungary Euro 2020 match was met on Tuesday with defiance in the Bavarian…

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Tif-Champ Hangout Podcast Ep. 4 – LGBTQ Life

LGBTQ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. These terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In the past, being…

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