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Egyptian lawmaker to propose anti-gay bill as  part of crackdown In The News International News 

Egyptian lawmaker to propose anti-gay bill as part of crackdown

CAIRO (Reuters) An Egyptian lawmaker is introducing a draft bill that would imprison those engaging in or promoting same-sex relations, a copy of the draft seen by Reuters on Thursday showed. Amnesty International said the bill is “another nail in the coffin for sexual rights in Egypt” and should be scrapped. It would introduce sentences of to up to 10 years in prison for people engaging in or promoting same-sex relations. The law is part of a wider crackdown against homosexuality that started in September when a group of people…

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Hong Kong to host 2022 Gay Games as LGBT acceptance grows in parts of Asia In The News International News 

Hong Kong to host 2022 Gay Games as LGBT acceptance grows in parts of Asia

HONG KONG (Reuters) Hong Kong will host the 2022 Gay Games, fighting off bids from cities in the United States and Mexico to become the first Asian city to stage the sports and cultural event. The games are expected to attract more than 15,000 participants and provide a HK$1-billion ($128-million) boost to the economy, the Hong Kong bid team said in a statement. Bid supporters called the decision a victory for the status of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. “This is a big step forward for Hong…

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Uruguay’s first transgender senator vows to bolster LGBT rights In The News 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 person to go to university in Uruguay. Suarez has broken many barriers, yet it is perhaps her age that is the most salient part of her fight. Most transgender women in Uruguay, a small South…

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Elite London gentleman’s club In The News International News 

Elite London gentleman’s club

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) An exclusive London gentlemen’s club has defied its 150-year-old tradition as a male-only bastion by allowing a woman to join – but only because she was born a man. The Savile Club in swanky Mayfair in central London has never accepted women since it opened in 1868, but bent its rules after one of its existing members transitioned into a female. The club, which has seen the likes of novelists Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling walk through its doors, declined to comment on their decision….

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Greek church bells ring funeral toll over sex change law In The News International News 

Greek church bells ring funeral toll over sex change law

ATHENS (Reuters) Churches in a western Greek region will ring funeral bells to protest a new law that makes it easier for people to change their legally recognized gender. Greece’s parliament passed a law which allows people over 15 to change their gender on official documents with a court ruling, without requiring medical tests or sterilization as was the case until now. The bill laid bare divisions within the left-right coalition government and led to debates between the ruling leftist party and the conservative opposition. It has also angered the…

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Indonesia considers ban on “destructive” LGBT-related TV In The News International News 

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 LGBT content on our network,” said Anita Wulandari Prasojo, head of marketing and public relations at Trans7, the private television station that aired the show “Opera van Java” last month. She may have to do…

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Rainbow raids: Egypt launches its widest anti-gay crackdown yet In The News International News 

Rainbow raids: Egypt launches its widest anti-gay crackdown yet

CAIRO (Reuters) Sarah Hegazy has been jailed, beaten by inmates, and could face a life sentence in an Egyptian prison if found guilty of “promoting sexual deviancy” and other charges tied to her alleged crime: waving a rainbow flag at a concert. The 28-year-old denies waving the flag but is one of 57 people arrested so far in Egypt’s widest anti-gay crackdown yet, a swift zero-tolerance response to a rare show of public support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the conservative Muslim country. The crackdown comes…

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Indonesia police detain 51 men in Jakarta “gay spa” raid In The News International News 

Indonesia police detain 51 men in Jakarta “gay spa” raid

JAKARTA (Reuters) Indonesian police detained 51 men including several foreigners in a raid on what authorities described as a “gay spa” in Jakarta, and some could face up to six years in prison under pornography and prostitution laws. The arrests are the latest in a spate of high-profile police actions against gay clubs and parties in Indonesia this year that have called the country’s reputation for tolerance into question. With the exception of the ultra-conservative Aceh province in northern Sumatra, where Islamic law is enforced and two men were publicly…

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Activists celebrate Botswana’s transgender court victory In The News International News 

Activists celebrate Botswana’s transgender court victory

GABARONE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A Botswana transgender man has won a 10-year battle to be legally recognized as male in a landmark ruling that could boost minority rights in the conservative nation. Botswana High Court last week ordered the government to change the gender marker on the man’s identity card from female to male to respect his constitutional rights. “This is an immense relief,” the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said in a statement. “I am hopeful that other persons who find themselves in a similar situation…

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INTernational News: Germany’s Merkel voted against gay marriage In The News International News 

INTernational News: Germany’s Merkel voted against gay marriage

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she voted against legalizing gay marriage given her personal view that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but she hoped parliament’s approval of the measure would lead to more social cohesion. “For me, marriage in the Basic Law is marriage between a man and a woman and that is why I did not vote in favor of this bill today,” she told reporters moments after the 393-266 vote in favor of an amendment that will legalize same-sex marriage. “I…

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International News: Tanzania threatens crackdown on LGBT advocates In The News International News 

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 up to 30 years in jail. At a rally, Tanzania’s Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba said both domestic and foreign campaigners for gay rights would now face punitive measures in the country. “Those who want…

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Thai contestant crowned Miss International Queen in transgender pageant In The News International News 

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 from around the world, was launched over a decade ago to help transgender women feel more accepted by society. “It’s like a new category, but the gender already existed a long time ago,” said Jiratchaya,…

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Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens press for same-sex marriage In The News International News 

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 issue at the next meeting of the right-centre coalition, a move welcomed by the pro-environment Green party. The issue could help the SPD differentiate itself from Merkel’s conservatives as the uneasy coalition partners ramp up…

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

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 only does so to ensure that people don’t see videos that deal with “more sensitive issues”. “We are so proud to represent LGBTQ+ voices on our platform – they’re a key part of what YouTube…

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International News: November 2015 International News 

International News: November 2015

Italian Legislatures Debate Civil Unions, Adoption Laws Italy has finally begun debate on a bill that allow gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions. It is anticipated that the bill, which has support of Premier Matteo Renzi, will be debated for months, as the issue is a contentious one. Included in the law would be partial pension rights, automatic inheritance and would enable same-sex partners to adopt each other’s children, if the child only has one legal parent. Italy remains the only major country in Western Europe that…

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