Category: International News

Uruguay’s first transgender senator vows to bolster LGBT rights

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Michelle Suarez, Uruguay’s first transgender senator, is already considered elderly. She has made it to 34 – a rarity in a country where transgender people tend to die young. A veteran trailblazer for LGBT rights, she helped draft a bill that legalized same-sex marriage in 2013 and became the first transgender…

Indonesia considers ban on “destructive” LGBT-related TV

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Days after a long-running Indonesian television comedy aired, its producers got a letter from the broadcast commission warning that a male character in the show was “dressed and behaving like a woman” and could violate broadcasting standards. “We evaluated the show…we immediately reminded our staff to be careful because we are minimizing…

International News: Tanzania threatens crackdown on LGBT advocates

DAR ES SALAAM,(Reuters) – Tanzania has threatened to arrest and expel activists, as well as deregister all non-governmental organizations that campaign for gay rights. Homosexuality is a criminal offense in the East African nation, where the law states that suspects convicted of having “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” could face…

Thai contestant crowned Miss International Queen in transgender pageant

REUTERS – Thai contestant Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was crowned Miss International Queen 2016 at a contest billed as the world’s largest and most popular transgender pageant. The 25-year-old beat 24 other contestants for the crown, with the second and third place going to contestants from Brazil and Venezuela, respectively. The pageant, which brings together transgender people…

Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens press for same-sex marriage

REUTERS – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), junior partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition, said on they would launch a new push to legalize same-sex marriage in Germany, a move opposed in the past by Merkel’s Christian Democrats. Thomas Oppermann, who heads the SPD’s parliamentary faction, told Der Spiegel magazine his party would raise the…

YouTube admits that LGBT videos are hidden in its “restricted mode”, apologies for confusion

INDEPENDENT TECH The Google-owned video company offers a “restricted mode” that aims to “screen out potentially objectionable content”. But a number of prominent YouTubers noticed that LGBTQ videos appeared to be hidden as part of that rule – provoking huge protests. Now YouTube has admitted that such videos are being hidden, but says that it…

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