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India: LGBTQ activists slam same-sex marriage verdict

India's Supreme Court unanimously declined to legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday, passing the responsibility back to Parliament. "The court cannot grant LGBTQ+ people the right to marry...

Bulgaria: Mass protests highlight violence against women

"Not a single woman more!" was the rallying cry at protests in over 20 cities across Bulgaria this week when thousands of Bulgarian men and women took to the streets on the last day of July ...

India: Transgender people demand inclusion in police forces

It has been a trying day for Nikita Mukhydal, a transgender woman from the western Indian state of Maharashtra who is fighting for the inclusion of transgender people in the state police. Dressed ...

Same-sex couples and LGBTQ+ rights activists in Nepal celebrate interim court ruling

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — LGBTQ+ rights activists and couples in Nepal on Thursday were celebrating an interim order issued by the country's Supreme Court enabling the registration of same-sex marriages...

Long heritage of Native Hawaiian gender-fluidity showcased in Las Vegas drag show

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drag queens donning the white, red and blue of the Hawaiian flag shimmied across the stage to a throbbing techno remix of “Aloha Oe,” a song composed by Hawaii's last reigning monarch...

Support for gay marriage surges in Taiwan 4 years after legalization

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Four years after the legalization of same-sex marriage, an opinion poll found public support had surged to 62.6% from 37.4% before its introduction, reports said Friday (M...

India: Gay marriage recognition referred to high court

India's Supreme Court passed arguments over granting legal recognition to same-sex marriages to the larger Constitutional Court. The five judge bench will listen to petitions on April 18 while li...

India: How a mobility project is empowering transgender people

Pritami Das, a 31-year-old transgender person, says she feels empowered whenever she starts off her day on an electric autorickshaw ferrying passengers in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha state...

Indian gay couples begin legal battle for same-sex marriage

NEW DELHI (AP) — Utkarsh Saxena and Ananya Kotia’s love story began just like any other college romance. Except no one else knew about the gay couple’s relationship. It was 2008. Hom...

In Pakistan, trans men search for inclusion, visibility

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Aman, a 22-year-old transgender man from the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, says he was always close to his father. When he was little and it was cold out, his father held h...

Swiss government rejects 3rd gender option, at least for now

BERLIN (AP) — The Swiss government on Wednesday rejected the idea of introducing a third gender option or no-gender option for official records, a position which differs from that of some neighboring ...

For India’s ‘third sex’, acceptance mired in colonial past

(RNS) —The Hindu epic Mahabharata tells the story of a warrior, born as a female named Shikhandini, who seeks to avenge a dishonor in her past life. To do so, she transforms into a male, taking the na...

AP PHOTOS: Pageant celebrates transgender life in India

GUWAHATI, India (AP) — Anilya Boro may not have won the crown at India's Miss Trans NE pageant this year, but having her parents there in support was a validation in its own right. ...

Aide: With few cuts, Pakistan lifts ban on Oscar-entry movie

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Censors are lifting a ban on Pakistan's Oscar entry, “Joyland," but some scenes would be cut before the movie opens across the country, an aide to the prime minister said Wednesday. ...

Aide: Pakistani PM orders review of ban on Oscar-entry film

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister has ordered a review of the ban on the country’s Oscar entry, the movie “Joyland,” days after the measure was imposed, one of his advisers said. ...