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Ecuador legalises same-sex marriages in landmark ruling

After over a week of postponing its decision on the legality of same-sex marriages, Ecuador’s apex court has issued a ruling in favour of same-sex marriages on Wed (12 Jun), following two lawsuits by two same-sex couples intending to wed. Five out of the nine judges presiding over the closed hearing in the Latin American nation’s constitutional court voted to …

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Kirsten Han calls out Law Minister for taking a cheap shot on LGBT issue

Editor-in-chief of Southeast Asian affairs platform New Naratif Kirsten Han took to her Facebook on Tuesday (11 June) to call out Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam for taking a cheap shot at the LGBT issue. She was referring to the Minister’s Facebook post where he commented on an incident in the UK where a gay couple got …

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Botswana joins Angola and Mozambique in the list of African nations to decriminalise same-sex relations

Botswana has joined the ranks of two other African nations Angola and Mozambique in decriminalising same-sex relations through a landmark High Court ruling yesterday (11 Jun). Justice Michael Leburu, in delivering his judgement, said that a democratic society is characterised by “tolerance, diversity and open-mindedness.” He added that “societal inclusion is central to ending poverty and fostering shared prosperity”, and …

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Bhutan succeeds India in decriminalising homosexuality as National Assembly passes Penal Code amendment

Less than a year after its neighbour India repealed a colonial-era law which criminalised homosexuality for centuries, the kingdom of Bhutan’s National Assembly had almost unanimously passed an amendment to the nation’s Penal Code on Fri (7 Jun). Local dailies Kuensel and The Bhutanese reported that only one parliamentarian in Bhutan’s lower house of Parliament voted against the amendment to repeal …

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After the pink dot scatters

(Content warning: Homophobic and transphobic violence) by Nabilah Husna Singapore’s first report on LGBTQ women‘s experiences of violence and discrimination was met with crickets from the government and mainstream media. Prejudice and hatred shape LGBTQ lives, but their stories are often drowned out by state silence. 377A and marriage equality — likely the go-to topics when you bring up LGBTQ issues to a random …

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Lee Hsien Yang’s son Li Huanwu and husband Heng Yirui reinvent #AsianValues with their respective families in newly released wedding photograph

A photograph featuring Li Huanwu – one of the grandsons of Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew – and his husband Heng Yirui in the company of their respective families at their wedding recently has surfaced online. The photo, attributed to the couple, was posted on the Dear Straight People and Pink Dot SG Facebook pages on Tue evening …

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Sayoni to launch first report on violence and discrimination against LBTQ women in Singapore

Lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LBTQ) rights group Sayoni has published a ground breaking research study highlighting violence and discrimination against LBTQ persons in Singapore, to be launched on 25 May. The publication is the result of a qualitative study conducted by Sayoni, a volunteer-run feminist group that works to uphold equality and human rights protections for lesbian, bisexual and …

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Drag queen Becca D’Bus condemns Tosh Zhang’s “gross” and “unprofessional” sudden withdrawal from Pink Dot Ambassador role

Drag queen Becca D’Bus has criticised actor-singer Tosh Zhang’s unilateral decision to withdraw from his role as this year’s Pink Dot Ambassador, following the backlash received by the latter after a string of homophobic tweets from 2010 to 2013 have resurfaced. D’Bus took to Facebook on Sat (19 May) to brand Zhang’s decision to do so before consulting the organisers …

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