Outrage Magazine launched Bahaghari Media Awards to give recognition to media personalities whose works not only highlight the real plight of LGBTQI Filipinos, but – by doing so – help in the struggle for equal rights. >>>
Tolerant, compassionate and peace-loving people around the world lent their hearts and voices to raise awareness and celebrate Zero Discrimination Day for the first time on 1 March 2014. The day was an unprecedented opportunity for people in every corner of the world to promote and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full and productive life with dignity—no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.
Working in partnership with the businesses in Soi Paradise of Patong, the Phuket Loves You Club (PLU) has produced T-shirts with safe sex messages printed on them. All the T-shirts have the same message printed on the back ‘Safe Sex Only in Phuket Please’ and three different messages on the front: *I Have Been Tested Have You?; *Know Your Status, Get Tested ; and A condom is for life not just for Christmas.
A Christian school in Hong Kong has banned gay teachers and made staff sign a ‘Morality Contract’ in a case both activists and the Equal Opportunities Commission say shows an urgent need for tougher anti-discrimination laws in Hong Kong, reports Simon Parry in the China Daily newspaper. >>>
As much as we like to consider ourselves highly evolved beings free from prejudice, recent anti-gay protests around the world have proved that we still have a way to go. That narrow-mindedness also exists in Hong Kong, where members of the LGBT community can be marginalised for their lifestyle choices.
Cambodia’s second largest telecom provider Mobitel – operator of the Cellcard network – released a TV commercial poking fun at transgender people and consequently upsetting many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The spot had its debut on the social network Facebook, where it received 323 likes, 144 shares and a mountain of “LOL’s“ from Cambodian users, who but for one exception found it very amusing. >>>
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological body of BJP that often dictates policy matters for the party, has reiterated that it will oppose gay rights or decriminalisation of homosexuality in India, along with live-in relationships. The RSS made its stand on both homosexuality and live-in relations clear during the presentation of the annual report of its activities for 2013-14 at a meeting that began on Friday at the Rashtrothana Vidya Kendra.
A Malaysian court on [March 7] sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier acquittal and ending his hopes of contesting a local election this month.
Nepali politician Sunil Babu Pant, the country’s most visible equal rights crusader for LGBT is happy on his Nobel Peace Prize nomination for this year. Pant says that he did not initially believe that he had been nominated until friends and LGBT community members started sending him congratulatory messages and emails. >>>
Gender rights advocacy groups yesterday condemned former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung over his comments that there should be special legislation for same-sex marriages, so that people do not confuse them with “traditional” marriages. >>>