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Transgender Pakistanis find solace in a church of their own

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s Christian transgender people, often mocked, abused and bullied, say they have found peace and solace in a church of their own. Shunned by other ch...

Taiwan's Gay Pride parade to kick off Oct. 31 amid global pandemic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan LGBT Pride parade will celebrate its 18th anniversary later in October, with fewer people expected this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The LGBT ...

Coronavirus makes life more difficult for Pakistan's transgender community

"Things were really difficult for me during the coronavirus lockdown, and they haven't improved since the government eased restrictions. People still refuse to interact with us," Shaista...

In Egypt, transgender activist fights battle on many fronts

CAIRO (AP) — Malak el-Kashif left home on her birthday seven years ago. Walking into an uncertain future, she was underdressed for the weather and armed with little— except for some makeup, a few wome...

Taipei to host international film festival on women's issues in October

A total of 75 films will be screened at the 26th Women Make Waves International Film Festival in Taipei next month to raise awareness and focus on issues that affect women and society, the organizers ...

Jerusalem gay pride parade draws revelers, police

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday in the city's annual gay pride parade, a festival that exposes deep divisions between Israel's secular and Jew...

Brazil's transgenders allowed to use social names in voting

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian transgenders and transvestites don't have to use the formal names on their identification cards to vote in October's general election, relying instead on social names they h...

Vietnamese crowned queen of international transgender beauty pageant in Thailand

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Vietnamese contestant took the crown of Miss International Queen 2018, the world’s largest beauty pageant for transgenders taking place in Thailand last Friday. ...

Fighting scandal, Moore stands with homophobic supporters

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A smiling Roy Moore stood shoulder to shoulder with his fiercest religious allies. Flanked by a huge sign for Moore's Senate campaign, one supporter railed ag...

Protesters gather against Trump ban on transgender troops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Demonstrators flocked to a military recruiting station in New York City and gathered at a plaza named for a San Francisco gay-rights icon on Wednesday to protest President Donald ...

Oregon shields birth record changes for transgenders

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that will make it easier for transgender people in Oregon to shield any updates they make to their birth certificates, a process typically conducte...

The good and bad of women's rights in Taiwan

Taipei (Taiwan News)—Female protesters interviewed at the Women's March on Wednesday generally perceived the progress of women's rights in a positive light, stating the country's ele...

Taiwan needs to move forward to marriage equality

Taiwan is the Asian country most likely to legalize same-sex marriage. Unfortunately for its supporters, if that phrase continues to be used, it means that the issue has been postponed and delayed, an...

Asian News Digest, AS

ASIA:PHILIPPINES-CANADA-BEHEADINGS -- Enraged by the beheading of a second Canadian hostage by ransom-seeking Abu Sayyaf extremists, Philippine troops pressed a major offensive in the south but there ...

Boxing star Manny Pacquiao draws flak for same-sex comment

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Boxing star Manny Pacquiao has created a firestorm in his home country after saying people in same-sex relationships "are worse than animals."Pacquiao, who is running for a...