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Does Sri Lanka encourage discrimination against LGBT minorities ?

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Does Sri Lanka encourage discrimination against LGBT minorities ?

Colombo: Sri Lanka once again failed to address the issue of stigmatization and victimisation of LGBT people.  Sri Lanka’s cabinet has in fact, rejected a proposal to end discrimination based on sexual orientation,  because it could ‘legitimise homosexuality’, a government minister said (Jan 18). Sri Lanka’s 1883 penal code, a legacy of its British colonial […]

Will Taiwan legalize same sex marriage?

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Will Taiwan legalize same sex marriage?

Tens of thousands of people sashayed through the streets of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, to participate in Asia’s biggest gay pride parade. Many of those who attended carried placards calling on the government to legalise same sex marriage. Dressed in colourful costumes and carrying rainbow flags, they paraded in front of Taiwan’s presidential palace. Taiwan is more […]

Japanese business embraces LGBT Community

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Japanese business embraces LGBT Community

Long before the term LGBT came into vogue, Japan went its own way regarding gender definitions, before the Meiji restoration in the 19th Century opened Japan to Western ideas and concepts, including a more Victorian attitude towards sex roles. Victorian attitudes are  changing rapidly in Japan, led by big business seeking to tap into the […]

Still Homophobic, what?

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Still Homophobic, what?

Well, well, well, dearies! The international day against homophobia has passed us by without a whimper, except for some overweight desi aunties posting some sentimental stuff on social media. Some  in the print  media did a couple of stories. The usual stuff, bleeding heart Obama, the Canadian Prime Minister, and all that jazz. First we […]

Why can’t gay men donate blood in the UK?

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Why can’t gay men donate blood in the UK?

Gay men or MSMs are prevented from donating blood in England, even though a ‘lifetime ban’ on Gay men donating blood was lifted in 2011. In Northern Ireland, gay men may be also to get married, but they still cannot donate blood to their significant other! The National Health Service had recently indicated that blood […]

Volunteering to change mind-sets!

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Volunteering to change mind-sets!

Ever since NDTV and other media picked up on what they call India’s ‘first’ lesbian themed ad, everyone seems to have an opinion. Here’s a piece written by a student of Mass Media, second year BMC, St. Xavier’s College, Patna. Has law failed to match the pace with which Indian society is changing? While the […]

Future ‘Mr Holmes’ praised Cameron for marriage stance

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Future ‘Mr Holmes’ praised Cameron for marriage stance

British actor and veteran campaigner for Gay rights, Sir Ian McKellen has praised Tory Prime Minister David Cameron for pushing through on same-sex marriage. The actor and veteran Stonewall campaigner told Sunday Times Magazine that Mr Cameron had “dragged” his party forward on the issue. He said: “It’s astonishing for a Tory Prime Minister to […]