Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Taipei holds massive gay pride march

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Taipei has held Asia's largest gay pride march to demand equal rights for homosexuals, transsexuals and transgender people.

Braving showers on Saturday brought on by Typhoon Jangmi, an estimated 18,000 people - including representatives from gay rights groups in foreign countries - marched through the main streets of Taipei.

Read more at theage.com.au

Gay Film Festival Coordinator Among Those Injured in Attack on Sarajevo Queer Festival

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The film festival coordinator of the International Lesbian and Gay Culture Network (ILGCN), was among those injured in Bosnia-Herzegovina last week when the Sarajevo Queer Festival was targeted by hooded men, some shouting Islamic slogans.

In an email to UK Gay News, Andrejs Visockis, who is also a board member of the Latvian NGO Mozaika, said that he was the Danish person reported as being injured.

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Ecuador Approves New Constitution Including Same-Sex Civil Unions

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In a preliminary vote count, 65% of Ecuadorans approved a new constitution on Sunday. It widely expands the power and term limits of its President Rafael Correa an his theory of a "21st century socialism".

Read more from the Washington Post

Sunday, September 21, 2008

20,000 expected at Taipei gay pride, Sept 27

Into its sixth year of running, Taipei LGBT Pride Parade is making its impact felt in Asia with the largest turnout of 15,000 last year. Fridae's Taipei correspondent Jason Tan talks to the organisers of this year's parade and finds out if there would be any surprises awaiting the community.

Read article by Jason Tan at http://www.fridae.com/newsfeatures/article.php?articleid=2301&viewarticle=1

Border agency accused of "illegal" deportation of gay Ugandan

A gay man has been removed from the UK and deported back to his native Uganda in what his supporters call an illegal act.

John "Bosco" Nyombi, 38, was due to be deported last week. He fears he will be persecuted on the grounds of his sexuality.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda, and gays caught by the police can face a life sentence in prison.

Read more at http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-9044.html

Brazil's Lula Shows Support for Same-Sex Unions

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Quoting the AP:

"President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says that in Brazil, "there are men living with men, and women living with women" who 'build a good life together.' But a proposed law that would give all same-sex couples rights equal to those enjoyed by married heterosexuals has been stalled in Brazil's Congress for more than a decade. Silva said in an interview aired late Wednesday night by the government-run TV Brasil that politicians who oppose same-sex unions and yet seek the votes of gay men and women during elections are 'hypocrites.'"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

In Conservative Nepal, a Tribune for the ‘Third Gender’ Speaks Out

Sunil Babu Pant takes every opportunity to convince his fellow parliamentarians that homosexuals are like any other people.

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