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Murder, ‘gay-hunters’ strike terror in Russia’s LGBT community

A vigilante group seeking to turn violence against LGBT people into a game and encouraging Russians to hunt them down for sport plumbs new lows, campaigners say.

Hong Kong court issues landmark ruling on benefits for gay couples

Hong Kong's top court Thursday orders the government to grant spousal rights and benefits to the husband of a gay civil servant who married overseas.

Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

The city hall will co-host an outdoor wedding party near the famous Taipei 101 skyscraper, with local and foreign dignitaries expected to attend.

Brazil’s top court set to rule on outlawing homophobia

Four judges have already ruled in favour of criminalising homophobia and transphobia, and it is likely that at least two others will follow suit.

Indonesia’s transgender Muslims find safe haven for prayer during Ramadan

Islamic school provides shelter for marginalized community to pray during the holy Ramadan month.

Thailand’s LGBT+ lawmakers force parliament dress-code rethink

Thailand's four new LGBT+ members of parliament have prompted the house to relax its gender-based dress code, in a small victory for the ground-breaking politicians who have vowed to push for greater LGBT+ rights in the country.

Bias suits by gay, transgender workers get Supreme Court review

The US Supreme Court said it will take up the question of whether gay and transgender workers are protected by federal law that bars workplace discrimination.

Transgender teenager from Brunei seeks asylum in Canada

Brunei has defended its right to implement the harsh Shariah laws.

Canada-led rights coalition slams Brunei death penalty for gay sex

The Equal Rights Coalition was launched in 2016 to promote international equal rights for all.

Australian state allows optional listing of gender on birth certificates

Advocates have argued that an official designation that does not match a person's gender identity can create complexities and confusion for a person and their family.

Hundreds protest in London over Brunei’s anti-gay shariah laws

The laws, elements of which were first adopted in 2014, have been rolled out in phases since then including this week, stirring international outrage.

Deutsche Bank bans staff from Dorchester hotels after new Brunei laws

Brunei's state-owned investment agency BIA owns the Dorchester Collection hotel group.

France urges Brunei to drop stoning law for adultery, gay sex

Rights groups have meanwhile accused the sultanate of becoming the Saudi Arabia of southeast Asia.

Brunei sultan seeks conservative support with hardline shariah laws

Brunei will be the first country in East or Southeast Asia to introduce a sharia penal code on a national level.

UN slams ‘inhuman’ Brunei law on stoning for adultery

The new law stipulates the death penalty for a number of offences, and also introduces public flogging as punishment for abortion as well as amputation for theft.

Puerto Rico bans gay ‘conversion therapy’

Governor Ricardo Rossello also prohibited psychologists in the US territory in the Caribbean from offering these services.

Japan shelves deportation for Taiwanese man in same-sex relationship

Tokyo cancelled its deportation order this month and issued the special residency permit to the Taiwanese man.

Former Japan defence chief finds gay rights push a lonely fight

Former defence minister said unsure if able to introduce new legislation seeking greater tolerance of same-sex relationships.

Gay couples to ‘live more freely’ with Thai civil unions

After a long campaign for equality, an upcoming bill in Thailand aims to legally recognise same-sex couples in civil unions.

Colorado baker back in court for turning away trans woman

Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in the suburbs of Denver, filed a lawsuit against the state claiming his rights to freedom of speech and religion are being violated.

Singapore couple challenge annulment of marriage after sex change

Singapore's ruling on same-sex marriage is about to be tested after a husband changed sex.