International Safe Zone

By Kyoung Mi Choi | Learning more about intersectionality and complexity of international LGBTQ+ in the United States and providing a safe place to learn and explore about their sexual and affectional identity.

Kenyan Catholic Priest Arrested for Sodomy

A Kenyan police report says a Roman Catholic priest is in custody for allegedly sodomizing a man.<p>Police said Tuesday that villagers in Muranga County …

Religion

Saying ‘I’m gay’ was biggest hurdle for this college runner

Throughout my life, I have consistently found myself frustrated with my inability to find the right words to express my emotions, my feelings or my …

Homosexuality

Gay and intersex asylum seekers find place to call home in Britain

Sami, an intersex asylum seeker in Britain, used to be gripped with fear at bedtime.<p>The slender and feminine El Salvadorian had almost got used to incessant verbal abuse but having to share rooms with other male asylum seekers was what Sami feared for the most.<p>“I was scared to death,” said Sami, …

LGBTQ

50 Gender Identity Terms Every Ally Should Know

We talk a lot about labels in the LGBTQ+ community. Are labels actually important? Or do they confine people to narrow boxes? Should we even be …

LGBTQ

Egypt raids private house party to arrest nine gay men

Nine gay men have been imprisoned after police raided a private party in Egypt.<p>Police claim they raided the house party in Alexandria as the men were …

Curating Flipboard Magazine International Safe Zone to Support International LGBT Students

Gays and lesbians in the United States are closer to legal equality than ever before. While there is still work to be done to reach full equality in all 50 states, America has come a long way since the days when being gay or trans automatically meant a life of fear, rejection and social …

Queer Asia: a hot new docu-series exploring LGBTI life in the region

Asia’s first LGBT streaming service is going from strength to strength and has created original queer content.<p>Queer Taiwan is the first LGBT original …

I Am A Gay Infosys Techie. What It Took For Me To Come Out

The Supreme Court's decision to revisit its verdict on Section 377 gives new hope to a lot of people like me who live in fear and the feeling that we …

Just 30 years ago, the UK banned promoting homosexuality in schools. Let's not forget this dark past

Homosexuality was partially decriminalised in 1967 - but Section 28 was introduced two decades later.<p>This year is the 30th anniversary of when the UK …

LGBTQ

The Gap Between Legal Progress and Daily Realities for LGBT People in Latin America

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights this week urged Latin American countries to legalize same-sex marriages and unions—the latest sign that …

LGBTQ

Georgetown approves 'gender and sexuality' housing option

Georgetown University recently approved a residential living space reserved exclusively for students interested in “exploring” gender and …

Georgetown University

Some dark clouds still linger over Hong Kong for Rainbow Action founder Tommy Chen

Veteran gay rights campaigner Tommy Chen claims to have founded the “first LGBT community centre in Asia” while fresh out of university in 1998. Now, …

LGBTQ

Adrian and Clai: The couple that could change EU free movement rights forever

When Adrian Coman planned to bring his American husband to settle in his native Romania in 2012, little could he have known that he would be locked in a six-year legal battle against its government.<p>Same-sex marriage is not recognized in the eastern European nation and they were refused the legal …

Brexit

Iran's transgender community: Legally recognised yet socially ostracised

Iran is the only Muslim country in the Persian Gulf region that gives trans citizens the right to have their gender identity recognized by the law—but violence, rejection from their families and society, and financial issues that come with being ostracised have added to the plight of transgender …

LGBTQ

Pakistani transgender model Neeli Rana fights transphobia in #ChangetheClap campaign

Asia Pacific Transgender Network has worked with Pakistani model, activist and UN representative Kami Sid, social worker Neeli Rana, motivational …

LGBTQ

Liberal churches boosted by LGBT weddings as couples join their congregations

Churches should hold gay weddings in order to 'market' themselves to potential new worshippers, a study has found.<p>Academics in the University of Leeds and York said in a report that receiving a license to carry out the services can be "a positive ‘brand’ for a place of worship".<p>The commitment to …

Religion

Saudi Arabia police arrest men over 'gay wedding' video

<b>Police in Saudi Arabia say they have arrested several young men who last week appeared in a video of what was described as a "gay wedding scene".</b><p>In the video, the men are sprayed with confetti as they walk side by side on a carpet at an outdoor venue. One of them seems to be wearing a long bridal …

Extremism

Gay spouses have rights in all EU countries, says European court adviser

Even countries whose governments oppose same-sex marriage must recognise rights, according to advocate general<p>The rights of same-sex spouses must be recognised by every member state of the EU, even if country’s government has not authorised gay marriage, the European court of justice has been …

Brexit

Pakistan's Transgender Women, Long Marginalized, Mobilize For Rights

In a Muslim shrine in Lahore's ancient quarter, men and women pray around the tomb of a local saint. They hurl garlands and flower petals toward the tomb, each from their own, gender-segregated side: men from the left, women from the right.<p>On each side, transgender women lead the believers in …

LGBTQ

LGBTQ+ activists in former Soviet countries facing ‘rise in hostility’

Experts have warned that LGBTQ+ activists living in former Soviet republic countries are facing a “rise in hostility” in their fight against …

LGBTQ

LGBT Rights Groups In Ghana Call For Decriminalization Of Homosexuality Due To Rise of Violence

LGBT rights groups and supporters in Ghana are demanding for the decriminalization of homosexuality in the country after a new study concluded that …

LGBTQ

India's Gay Prince To Open His Palace To LGBTQ People In Need

India's only openly gay prince has announced plans to open up his ancestral palace to Indians who have been ostracized for their sexuality or gender identity.<p>Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil — likely heir to the throne of Rajpipla in the western state of Gujarat — says his center will help provide …

LGBTQ

This couple is about to win rights for all same-sex partners in Europe

One of Europe’s most senior judges has ruled that the definition of spouses does include same-sex couples.<p>It comes after married couple Adrian Coman …

Indonesian Air Force tweet sparks LGBT debate

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An exchange of tweets between the Indonesian Air Force's Twitter administrator and its followers has …

LGBTQ

Battle Over South Korea’s Constitutional Reform Focuses on LGBT Rights

<b>On Sep. 2, 2017, there was a rally in downtown Gwangju the likes of which the city had never seen before. Streets were blocked off and a large stage</b> …

Rights & Freedoms

Latin American human rights court urges same-sex marriage legalization

The Inter-American Court, based in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose, said the countries that it oversees should treat same-sex couples “without discrimination,” ensuring that they receive the same family and financial rights as heterosexual couples.<p>It also recommended that these rights be ensured …

Equality

Namibia lets gay man into the country to be with his husband and son

A South African man has won a court petition to allow him to enter Namibia to be with his husband and son.<p>Namibia, which shares a border with South …

LGBT Choir Group Centre Stage at Nanjing Centre for Culture

7 January, and The Old Jiangsu University of Culture (江苏老文化大学), which is now the Jiangsu Centre for Culture in Nanjing, hosted its First performance …

Choir