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November 13, 2014

Study finds only 1 per cent are out to their fathers

Seven out of 10 young gay men in Korea hide their sexuality from their parents, a new study has found.

Seoul National University human ecology major Jo Nam-seok surveyed 103 gay men in their 20s and presented her findings on Tuesday (23 November).

Her study found that 68.9 percent of respondents had not come out to their parents for fear of disapproval, especially from their fathers.

Only 1 per cent said their father knew their sexual orientation, compared with 19.4 per cent of mothers.

November 13, 2014

Less than 5 per cent seek help from formal institutions

More than half of all LGBTI people in Taiwan have suffered abuse at the hands of a partner, according to a new survey.

The Modern Women's Foundation surveyed 529 LGBTI people aged 15 to 50 between 13 and 27 October and released the results yesterday (12 November).

The survey found that the most common form of abuse was control (51.2 per cent), followed by stalking (49.4 per cent) and attacks or self-harm (24.8 per cent).

November 12, 2014

Religious authorities say only 15 to 20 participants rejected their advice

Malaysian religious authorities have said 1,000 'gender confused' individuals have joined government 'rehabilitation' programs since they were started in 2010.

The director-general of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), Othman Mustapha, said on Monday that only 15 to 20 people had rejected the advice given at the voluntary camps, which 'are based on self-empowerment, spirituality and rehabilitation.'

November 12, 2014

More than 70 per cent of the city's LGBTI employees are not out at work

Asia's first LGBTI workplace inclusion index was launched today at a diversity conference in Hong Kong.

Community Business, a not-profit focusing on corporate responsibility, invited companies operating in the city to make submissions for the index until the end of February next year.

‘With the call for changes in legislation and a more visible LGBT community, not just in Hong Kong but across Asia, attitudes are changing,' Fern Ngai, CEO of Community Business, said in a statement.

November 11, 2014

Pacific nation bans gay sex and marriage

The 'queen of the Cook Islands' has said it is 'unfair' to criminalize gay people because of who they love.

The paramount chief of the Takitumu tribe, Marie Pa Ariki, made the comments last week in New Zealand at Hui Takataapui, an annual gathering of indigenous people from the Pacific nations.

'[Gay] people are knowledgeable and contribute to society and to home life,' she told GayNZ.com.

'They are human like everyone else... we are all whanau.'

November 11, 2014

Arrests were made in the Muslim north where gay sex is punishable with death by stoning

The Vigilante Group of Nigeria said it has arrested 25 gay men in the Muslim north in the last year and handed them over to the authorities for prosecution under Sharia law.

Leader of the Kebbi state command, Sanusi Ibrahim Geza, announced the arrests last week at a press briefing to mark the first anniversary of his group.

'Some of them were flogged while others were taken to court to face other punitive measures,' he told BBC Hausa.

November 10, 2014

Survey finds Hong Kong people hold 'generally favorable' views of LGBTI people

Six in ten Hong Kong people support legal protections for LGBTI people, according to a new report.

The paper, published by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), comes two weeks after a three-month public consultation on the city's anti-discrimination laws.

November 10, 2014

Court found a state ban on cross-dressing unconstitutional

Malaysia's deputy prime minister has called for a review of last week's landmark ruling that scrapped a state Sharia enactment banning cross-dressing.

Muhyiddin Yassin said that while the government respected the Court of Appeal's decision, the Attorney-General's Chambers and Negeri Sembilan state religious department should appeal to the federal court because of its huge implications on society.

November 7, 2014

Poll finds women are more supportive than men

A poll released today found that 67.5 per cent of Taiwanese people support the legalization of gay marriage.

Pollster Online Survey polled 1,660 respondents aged 13 and above via mobile phone and email on 30 October.

It followed the previous week's Taiwan Pride parade, which drew 70,000 people on to the streets to demand marriage equality.

November 7, 2014

Edgars Rinkevics has become the most prominent openly gay politician in a former Soviet Bloc state and the first ever lawmaker in his country of Latvia to announce he is gay

Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has come out as gay in one of the most public of forums, posting his announcement on Twitter and expressing his hope that his government will move to legalize civil partnerships for same-sex couples.

‘Our country has created a legal framework for all types of partnerships, I will fight for it, I know that it will immediately cause a lot of hysteria but I am #Proudtobegay,’ Rinkevics posted in Latvian to the social media website earlier today.

November 6, 2014

Interview process also forces applicants to reveal their HIV status or if they've had a 'transsexual operation'

A Christian university in South Korea has told gay people they are not welcome to apply for jobs on their campus.

'Drinking, smoking and homosexuality are not allowed,' the ad for an English language teacher job posted by Korea Nazarene University reads.

The full job application also includes a 'self health check list'. Questions include 'Are OR were you HIV (AIDS) positive?' and 'Have you had transsexual operation? [sic]'.

University officials claim LGBTI people do not meet the 'requirements' needed to be a teacher at the school.

November 3, 2014

There were no attacks this year

The second Podgorica Pride took place without incident yesterday in the capital of the deeply conservative Montenegro despite fears of violence.

The 100 marchers were outnumbered 100 to one by 2,000 policemen, nearly half of the Balkan country's force.

Activists walked past the government buildings in central Podgorica, waving banners reading 'Traditionally Proud,' 'Silence = Death' and 'This is Just the Beginning.'

Human Rights Minister Suad Numanovic, Podgorica Mayor Slavoljub Stijepanovic and several EU ambassadors joined the march.

October 31, 2014

'We are still on course and in fact we are more energized that our culture, our norms, our religious norms are protected.'

Uganda lawmakers will return after a small recess determined to fast-track a new anti-gay bill next Tuesday (4 November).

Following the parliament's embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Constitutional Court in August, legislators say they are insistant that the law must be back as soon as possible.

October 30, 2014

The star and father has implored the island’s officials to allow gay people to adopt

Singer Ricky Martin – who instantly became one of the world’s most famous gay dads after his twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, were born five years ago – has been loudly vocal about his support of LGBT families and their rights.

This week he turned his attention to his native Puerto Rico, and tweeted an appeal to top officials in the country imploring them to change legislation in order to allow same-sex couples to adopt.

 

October 30, 2014

Sean Lien says comments overheated

Taipei mayoral hopeful Sean Lien has enraged LGBTI activists by deleting a pro-gay Facebook post.

The night before Taiwan Pride, Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Lien finally broke his silence on LGBTI rights.

He said he supported the gay marriage bill currently and that if he was elected he would 'protect gay rights and make Taipei a more gender-friendly environment.'

'I hope the central government will place the relevant bills on the legislative agenda for deliberation soon in order to guarantee the rights of our gay friends,' he wrote.

October 29, 2014

Sam Ganafa was arrested for 'unnatural offenses' last year

A Ugandan court has dismissed criminal charges against prominent LGBTI rights activist Samuel Ganafa.

The executive director of LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives and three colleagues were arrested in November last year for 'unnatural offenses,' which is punishable by up to life in jail.

The court dismissed the charges on 8 October, nearly a year after his arrest.

October 28, 2014

Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan says there is no way it can pay the 34 million tenge ($186,000, €146,000) and plans to appeal

A Kazakhstan advertizing agency is being fined an astromonical amount for creating a poster featuring two men kissing.

Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan says there is no way it can pay the 34 million tenge ($186,000, €146,000) and plans to appeal.

The agency has also been ordered to issue an apology in the national media.

Dariya Khamitzhanova, Havas' general director, told Kapital.kz the ruling was 'nonsense'.

'Not one of the 34 plaintiffs appeared in court,' she said. 'The whole hearing was marred by procedural violations'.

October 27, 2014

The German is barred from leaving the country after he stormed a military camp where the suspect is held

The German fiancé of a transgender allegedly slain by a US Marine fainted yesterday after he was stopped from boarding a flight home from the Philippines.

Marc Suselbeck has been charged with 'undesirability' and is not allowed to leave the country.

He reportedly lost consciousness at Manila international airport and was taken to hospital.

October 27, 2014

Ivan Okhlobystin also thinks Ebola victims will come back as zombies

Latvia has banned a Russian actor from entering the country after he said gay people should be 'burned alive'.

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said Ivan Okhlobystin, the controversial former priest, would not be allowed to give a one-man show about religion in Riga on 7 November.

He said he would not be allowed to enter the country because of what the foreign minister referred to as hate speech.

Rinkevics later added the entry ban was based on the actor's offensive statements about the LGBTI community.

October 27, 2014

The bill was passed in a landslide vote earlier this month

The United Nations human rights office has urged Kyrgyzstan to scrap a draft law that punishes the spreading of 'gay propaganda' with up to a year in jail.

The Kyrgyz parliament passed the Russian-style bill in a landslide vote at its first reading earlier this month.

October 25, 2014

Two people were reportedly injured as masked attackers stormed the cafe, and threw rocks and bottles at party attendees

A mob attacked attendees celebrating the second anniversary of the LGBTI Support Centre at the Damar cafe in the Old Bazaar area of Skopje, the capital of the East European country, on Friday.

Media reports say some 20 to 30 people in masks and hoods entered the cafe, and threw rocks and bottles at the people inside. Two were wounded, according to an AFP report. Details of their injuries were not reported.

October 24, 2014

The country's opposition leader has been prosecuted four times under the law

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for an end to the prosecution of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim under the country's anti-gay law.

Next week, the country's top court will hear Anwar’s appeal of his March conviction for violating the colonial sodomy law, which criminalizes same-sex relations.

The prosecution is cross-appealing Anwar’s five-year jail term, which could result in a sentence of up to 20 years.

October 23, 2014

Korea University council is the first student body to ban discrimination against LGBTI people

The student council of Korea University in Seoul has revised its rules to ban discrimination against LGBTI people after several homophobic incidents on campus.

It is the first student body of a South Korean university to do so.

Earlier this year, a placard welcoming new LGBTI students was torn down by unidentified individuals. A similar incident occured at Ewha Womans University, sparking concerns about homophobia on campuses.

October 22, 2014

They had been accused of being a gay couple 'posing' as a husband and wife

Charges against a gay man and a trans woman in Uganda accused of sexual activity going against ‘the order of nature’ have been dismissed.

Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman who reportedly identifies as gay, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, his alleged trans partner, had faced a potential life sentence in jail.

They were charged under Section 145 of the Penal Code that bans consensual same-sex relations, according to Sexual Minorities Uganda.