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Indonesia: Why Aceh's cities rank low in tolerance

Cities in Indonesia's Aceh province rank among the most intolerant in the country, the SETARA Institute, a Jakarta-based think tank, said in its recently published annual report, which ranks 94 In...

Greece legalises same sex marriage in landmark change

ATHENS, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Greece's parliament approved a bill allowing same-sex civil marriage on Thursday, a landmark victory for supporters of LGBT rights that was greeted with cheers by onlook...

Greece legalizes same-sex marriage

The Greek parliament on Thursday voted in favor of a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry. It makes Greece the first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex civil marriage. The bill was a...

Incoming legislators talk expanding access to surrogacy in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Incoming legislators and advocacy groups shared opinions on opening up Taiwan’s surrogacy laws on Tuesday (Jan. 16) as the country prepares for its first legislative...

Lai Ching-te warns against being ‘overly optimistic’ on Taiwan election day

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) held its final rally on Friday (Jan. 12), when DPP presidential candidate Lai Ching-te (賴清德) warned against being “overly opti...

Slovakia: Surgery once again a condition for gender change

Amy Zoyomi is a 29-year-old transgender woman from Lucenec, a town of 30,000 inhabitants in southern Slovakia. As an adult, Amy decided to move to the capital, Bratislava. Her gender identity was one ...

China flooding social media with disinformation about Taiwan president

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwan's election nears, China has released a propaganda piece on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) that is being spread across multiple social media platforms in an app...

Thailand closer to legalizing same-sex marriage

This week, a committee of Thai lawmakers examining draft bills on marriage equality called on influential members of Thailand's LGBTQ community and officials from several ministries to provide inp...

Vatican: Same-sex couple 'blessings' aren't 'heretical'

The Vatican's doctrinal office on Thursday tried to calm criticism from Catholic bishops in some countries who reacted negatively to last month's limited approval of blessings for same-sex co...

Taiwan ranked No. 1 in Asia in Human Freedom Index

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is listed as the freest country in Asia in the 2023 Human Freedom Index (HFI). The U.S.-based Cato Institute and Canada’s Fraser Institute on Tuesday (Dec....

LGBTQ+ in Russia: Living under threat of extremism law

In late November, Russia's Supreme Court designated what it calls "the international LGBT movement" as "extremist." And while the law doesn't come into force until January ...

Taiwan Green Party releases gender policies, targets surrogacy ban

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Green Party Taiwan will work to overturn restrictions on surrogacy if elected in January, the party said as it announced policies targeting gender equality on Thursday...

Nepal same-sex marriage a milestone for LGBTQ rights in Asia

In late November, Surendra Pandey and Maya Gurung became the first same-sex couple in Nepal to have their marriage officially recognized, following a years-long process of legal wrangling. Their lega...

After ruling, LGBTQ+ communities in Russia brace for worst

In response to a classified motion brought by the Justice Ministry, on November 30 Russia's Supreme Court classified the "international LGBT social movement" as an "extremist" ...

Fighting for trans rights in Bulgaria

Gabriella Bankova's hunger strike lasted 12 days. For nearly two weeks, she sat on the steps of Sofia's Palace of Justice and refused to eat. The protest was a spontaneous idea, Bankova told D...