North Carolina Governor signs vile LGBT protection-voiding bill

The Governor of North Carolina has signed into law a vile bill which voids all local laws protecting LGBT people. Last night the US state of North Carolina passed the law which voids all local ordinances protecting LGBT rights. The bill, HB 2, which was passed by the General Assembly with 83-24, and after only

India’s Supreme Court to review sodomy ruling

India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would review its controversial ruling that recriminalized consensual same-sex sexual acts. The Guardian reported the Supreme Court asked a five-judge panel to reconsider its 2013 decision that reinstated India’s colonial-era Sodomy law known as Section 377. “This is an undeniably thrilling action by India’s highest court,” James Robertson,

Slovenian voters reject same-sex marriage law

 Slovenian voters on Sunday rejected a law that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples. The Associated Press reported that preliminary results indicate that voters by a 63-37 percent margin rejected the statute. “It’s Time for Yes” (‘Čas je Za’ in Slovenian), the campaign that that backed the marriage law, thanked its supporters on its Twitter

Indian minister says country’s gay sex ban needs to be ‘reconsidered’

Arun Jaitley says India cannot simply ‘nudge off’ its LGBT community. India’s finance minister has spoken out against the harsh laws criminalising gay sex in the country. Arun Jaitley says that the country must reconsider the “conservative” ruling made by the Supreme Court in 2013, as it ignores the needs of “millions of people” across

Ireland will end exemptions to LGBT equality law for schools and hospitals

Fresh off of the country’s first same-sex weddings, Ireland’s government is pushing forward with more changes – amending LGBT equality law exemptions for schools and hospitals. The Republic of Ireland approved same-sex marriage in a landslide referendum earlier this year, by 62.07% to 37.93% – and overcoming bureaucratic hurdles, yesterday the green light has been

Disappointment in Poland as gender recognition act vetoed

On Friday 2 October, Polish President Andrzej Duda vetoed the Gender Accordance Act, to the dismay of activists in Poland and all over Europe.   This was a prime opportunity for Poland to join their European counterparts, such as Malta and Ireland, who have improved gender recognition provisions in 2015. ILGA-Europe had previously urged President

Thailand introduces first law to protect LGBT people

The country’s first law specifically protecting LGBT people came into effect last week. Thai parliament passed the 2015 Gender Equality Act in March. The law is is designed to protect members of the LGBT community and aims to punish discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Those found guilty of discrimination may face up

Irish transgender rights law takes effect

An Irish law that allows transgender people to legally change their gender without medical intervention took effect on Tuesday.   The Gender Recognition Act 2015 took effect four days after Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burton, who is also Ireland’s minister for social protection, signed it. “The wait for legal recognition is finally over,” said Broden

Thailand’s ban on gay and foreign surrogacy just came into effect

Under new laws only local married heterosexual couples will be able to access surrogacy services in Thailand and any arrangement must be strictly non-commercial Thailand has officially clamped down on commercial surrogacy practices – where a woman has a fetus implanted and brings it to term in exchange for financial compensation from the child’s parents

ALL trans people are protected against discrimination says EU Commission

  The National LGBT* Organization LGL welcomes the decision of the European Commission to clarify that existent EU sex discrimination law should be interpreted as to protect all trans people against discrimination. So far, trans people are not directly mentioned in EU equality law, but the Court of Justice ruled in 1996 that the EU gender