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Chilean court upholds constitutionality of civil unions bill

A Chilean court has upheld the constitutionality of the South American country’s civil unions bill that received final approval earlier this year. The Chilean Constitutional Court on Monday issued its 14-page ruling that upheld the measure. The judges reached their decision on April 2. A group of opposition lawmakers challenged the bill after it received

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South Korean teachers banned from talking about LGBT issues

New sex education guidelines outlaw teaching about sexual minorities. The guidelines, issued to schools and teachers this week state that “sex education is not intended to be an opportunity for teachers to share their views on sexuality” and “teaching about homosexuality is not permitted.” It also orders teachers to remove any references to LGBT issues from

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LGL Celebrates the Adoption of the Maltese Gender Identity Law

The National LGBT* Organization LGL welcomes the adoption of the landmark Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act (GIGESC Bill) as a historic groundbreaking for the rights of transgender and intersex people in Malta and Europe. The Maltese Parliament adopted the Bill on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The Bill introduces a quick, transparent and

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EU leaders demand answers from Kyrgyz President over anti-LGBTI, anti-NGO bills

During an official visit by Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev last week, EU leaders  have sought reassurances over pending bills seeking to limit the rights of LGBTI people and civil society in general. Kyrgyzstan is considering an anti-LGBTI ‘propaganda’ bill, which would outlaw any public information ‘aimed at forming positive attitudes toward non-traditional sexual relations’. Anyone found guilty could

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Tokyo ward becomes first in Japan to recognize gay partnerships

Shibuya will issue certificates recognizing gay unions as ‘equal to marriage’. Shibuya ward in Tokyo has become the first locale in Japan to recognize gay couples, a major step forward for LGBTI rights in the conservative country. The district assembly Tuesday (31 March) voted overwhelmingly in favor of issuing certificates recognizing same-sex unions as ‘equivalent to

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LGL Celebrates International Transgender Day of Visibility

The Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) is an annual holiday held on March 31st, dedicated to showing support and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people around the world. The day aims to shining light upon the accomplishments of transgender people while fighting transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans* community. Unlike Transgender Day of

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LGL Travels to Iceland to Learn More about TRANS* Inclusion

On March 19th-22nd, 2015 two representatives of the national LGBT* rights organization LGL visited the partner organization Q – Queer Student Association in Reykjavik, Iceland. The main purpose of this 4-day visit was to acquire additional skills and competences in advocating for human rights of transgender individuals and to draw upon the best Icelandic practices

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Council of Europe prepares Transgender Resolution

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will debate and vote on a resolution on the discrimination of transgender persons in Europe in its spring session (April 20-24, 2015). A related report has been adopted by the Equality and Non-Discrimination Committee on March 20. The Committee denounces human rights violations trans people are exposed

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Sweden adds gender-neutral pronoun to dictionary

Pronoun ‘hen’ can be used without revealing gender – either because it is unknown, because the person is transgender, or the information is superfluous. The official dictionary of the Swedish language will introduce a gender-neutral pronoun in April, editors at the Swedish Academy have announced. “Hen” will be added to “han” (he) and “hon” (she)

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Bid to block spousal benefits for homosexual U.N. employees fails

A U.N. budget committee overwhelmingly rejected a Russia-sponsored resolution that sought to overturn Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s decision to extend spousal benefits to homosexual U.N. personnel who are legally married on the 24th of March, 2015. Members of the U.N. General Assembly’s Fifth Committee voted against the resolution by an 80-43 vote margin. Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh,

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EuroPride 2015 Invites the World to Create History in Riga

Organizers Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Ensure Successful Event From June 15 to June 21, 2015, Riga, Latvia will host one of its most historic events – EuroPride 2015.  Organizers of the pan-European Pride event today launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise needed funds for key elements of the weeklong celebration. 25 years after regaining

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Senate will debate same-sex marriage again this week. More than one million emails today (23 March) were sent to federal MPs and senators in Australia’s ruling coalition calling for a free vote on gay marriage. After Senator David Leyonhjelm announced that he would bring forward his Freedom to Marry Bill for debate later this week, advocates