New rule allows refugees to bring same-sex partners to U.S.

Refugees and asylees from 23 countries can now ask to bring their same-sex partners with them to the U.S., even if they are not legally married.   The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in an Oct. 1 letter to Congress notes it will “allow a qualifying individual” to request their same-sex partner

Open letter to Lithuanian Parliament: Reject bill targeting LGBTI people

The Parliament of Lithuania will vote tomorrow on a bill that seeks to introduce fines for any public denigration of “constitutional family values.”   According to the proposal, actions as carrying out public speeches, demonstrating goods, posters, slogans and audio-visual materials, as well as organizing public events such as Baltic Pride would result in an

Top Colombia court rules same-sex couples can adopt children

Colombia’s highest court on Wednesday ruled same-sex couples in the South American country can adopt children. The Colombian Constitutional Court in a 6-2 ruling cited international treaties and standards that support adoption rights for gays and lesbians. “The court signaled that scientific studies and evidence that supports the process clearly demonstrated, or that adoption by

Gay couple opened their home to 24 refugees

gay couple have sought to dispel claims that refugees are bringing a tidal-wave of homophobia to Europe – after hosting 24 of them in their home. Europe is currently experiencing an influx of refugees and migrants from Syria and across the Middle East, many of whom are fleeing from conflict or terorrist group ISIS. A

China response to HIV/AIDS epidemic questioned

The conservative government’s resistance in promoting safe sex nationwide, for example, at schools and colleges is a major hurdle in educating the masses about HIV/AIDS. The China AIDS walk tries to draw attention to this and the stigma and widespread discrimination in education and employment are also reasons why it has become a firm fixture

Poll: Anti-LGBT discrimination, attitudes common in Balkans

A poll released last week indicates anti-LGBT discrimination and attitudes remain commonplace throughout the Balkans.   The National Democratic Institute, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute and Civil Rights Defenders polled 655 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia

In an unprecedented show of political support for the rights of LGBTI people, representatives from all the main parliamentary parties signed an equality pledge in Athens.   Representatives from Syriza, PASOK, New Democracy, DIMAR, The River and Enosi Kentroon signed a pledge stating their commitment to registered partnership, family law reform, legal gender recognition and

Church of Norway says yes to gay weddings in its churches

The Church of Norway has approved a measure to allow same-sex couples to marry in its churches.     The church’s General Synod voted on the issue last week. ow all churches in Norway will be able to offer marriage to same-sex couples, and can immediately begin preparations to do so. As with many religious

New York City to host WorldPride on 50th anniversary of Stonewall riots

New York City will host WorldPride in 2019, it has been confirmed – 50 years on from the Stonewall riots. The city has been chosen as the latest host of the international LGBT Pride event, which celebrates equality in cities around the world. WorldPride was last held in 2014 in Toronto, and has previously been

Canada’s new prime minister is a passionate advocate for gay rights

On the 19th of October, 2015 Canadian LGBT rights advocates welcomed Justin Trudeau’s unexpected defeat of long-time Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that Trudeau’s Liberal Party won 54 percent of the seats in the Canadian Parliament, compared with the 29 percent that Harper’s Conservative Party retained. The National Democratic Party won

World Medical Association approves new transgender guidelines

The World Medical Association has adopted new transgender guidelines for doctors. At its annual general assembly in Moscow on the 18th of October, 2015, nearly 60 national medical associations agreed that affordable transgender healthcare should be made available to everyone who experiences gender dysphoria. The guidelines, which were proposed by the German Medical Association, aim

Japan’s new education minister pledges support for LGBTI students

Japan’s new minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology on 14 October pledged support for LGBTI students. Hiroshi Hase said teachers, classmates and family had little understanding of the issues they face. ‘Let me be clear on this: I believe sexual-minority students at elementary and junior high schools have been left out,’ The Japan