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A senior Kuwaiti official is downplaying the plan to keep gay and transgender foreigners from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries.
 

Dear Friends of Obra Gay Associacao,

 

We hope this email finds you well! It's time to give you a heads up on what's happening on http://www.ilga.org.  This weekly newsletter is sent to approximately 6111 LBGTI and allied organizations in the world. To post an article on ilga.org, update your group's page, add pictures and a logo on ILGA's directory, apply to become a member of ILGA or renew your membership fees, write to  Este endereço de e-mail está protegido de spam bots, pelo que necessita do Javascript activado para o visualizar .

 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEK

 

Kuwait official calls gay and transgender ban just a proposal (KUWAIT) 

The plan is to medically identify gay and transgender foreigners to prevent them from working in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries. A senior Kuwaiti official is downplaying the plan to keep gay and transgender foreigners from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries.

 

GCC plan to ban homosexuals kicks up row (KUWAIT) 

Media reports that Gulf countries are planning to deny residency visas to people who are found to be transgender and homosexual after medical check up went viral on social networking sites in Qatar yesterday. The reports trickled down from Kuwait where a senior public health official said Kuwait and other GCC states were mulling conducting tests to detect transgender people and homosexuals among newly-arriving foreign workers.

 

Kuwait for GCC ban on expat transgenders (KUWAIT) 

Gulf oil producers are considering proposals to ban the entry of expatriates found to be transgenders and/or cross-dressers, a Kuwaiti health official was reported on Tuesday as saying.

 

Kazakhstan’s Parliament Hears Another Call for Anti-Gay Law(KAZAKHSTAN) 

A member of Kazakhstan’s parliament has called for a new law banning “homosexual relations,” upping the ante in the homophobic rhetoric that erupts from time to time in the legislature.


More men than women seek sex change: study [TAIWAN (CHINESE TAIPEI)]

Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TVGH) yesterday published the first brain research that targeted transsexualism in the world as well as statistics that showed that more men want to undergo sex reassignment surgery than women do.

 

Anthropologist sets out to disprove ‘there are no gays in Vietnam’ creed(VIET NAM) 

The war in Vietnam ended in 1975, for some. But for Vietnam’s gay community, it still continues, whether they be at home or abroad. Though the Southeast Asian country recently had its gay pride and the current government is hearing a debate on whether to legalize same-sex marriages, historically and culturally, homosexuality still remains taboo.

 

Transgender Thai Trio Puts on Show in Guangzhou (CHINA) 

Three transgender women from Thailand have recently been seen performing at tourist spots throughout the south Chinese city of Guangzhou, according to a website run by the Guangming Daily. 

 

Lebanon bans two films in setback for tolerant image (LEBANON) 

Lebanon has banned the screening of a film about homosexuality and another on short-term "pleasure marriages" practised in some Muslim communities, in a blow to its reputation as a bastion of tolerance in a deeply conservative region.

 

Transgenders stage protest at collectorate (INDIA) 

Transgenders Swapna and Srinidhi staged the protest demanding reservation for both trans-women and trans-men in education and employment; educational assistance; and preference for them in government jobs.

 

Transgender beats odds to complete education (INDIA) 

In a nation where transgenders are shunned and looked down upon by the society, 23-year-old S. Swapna, who hails from Madurai in Tamil Nadu, dreams of becoming a policy-maker to strive for the uplift of her community. 

 

B-CHANGE Call for Filmmakers – DEADLINE EXTENDED (ASIA) 

B-CHANGE is looking for filmmakers to contribute to the ‘Stories of Being Me’ web-video series from 8 capital cities across Asia (Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Phnom Phen and Singapore).

 

Jeans, mobiles and khap panchayats (INDIA) 

Haryana's caste councils feel a strict dress code on women will curb the spate of honour killings.

 

Breast cancer for transgender women (THAILAND) 

In line of Pink October, My Ladyboy Date would like to take part of letting you know about the risk of getting breast cancer for transgender women.

 

US teacher becomes Mr Gay Hong Kong 2013 (HONG KONG) 

A 35-year-old American school teacher, who had seemed the odd man out among professional dancers and models, was chosen Mr Gay Hong Kong 2013 by a panel of judges as well as voters with his pledge to found a non-profit organization for Asia’s marginalized LGBT community.

 

New Zealand to have diplomat make sure citizens are not mistreated at Sochi Games (NEW ZEALAND) 

The New Zealand Government will appoint a special diplomat to Russia during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to ensure none of its citizens are mistreated under Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda.

 

Jump in HIV notifications in Australia (AUSTRALIA) 

Australia had a 10% increase in new HIV diagnoses in 2012 with a rise in the number young gay men contracting the virus.

 

Dialogue follows suspended trans health clinic (NEW ZEALAND) 

Auckland District Health Board is pledging to lead a regional discussion about the provision of trans health services, and is promising trans people will be included in the conversation.

 

The ADHB Speak Out on the Future of Trans* Health Services (NEW ZEALAND) 

Two senior officers in the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) have recognised the growing need for specific and targeted services for the trans* and gender diverse communites within the Auckland Sexual Health Services, saying they will lead a regional discussion about these issues.

 

Andy Guy is first Australian to undergo the sex reassignment surgery, phalloplasty, in the US (AUSTRALIA) 

Australian documentary on gender transitioning follows a young actress on her journey to become a man. Courtesy AndyG Projects.

 

Push for more Kimberley transgender support (AUSTRALIA) 

A transgender person living in Western Australia's north says an increase in support services in regional areas would reduce the flow of people to urban centres.

 

Gender change a recipe for confusion - Family First (NEW ZEALAND) 

Family First NZ says that attempts to change the gender of a young girl are harmful and fail to recognise the unique nature of the child which should be celebrated, not drugged and surgically changed.

 

Parents support seven-year-old daughter's gender change (NEW ZEALAND) 

The parents of a seven-year-old New Zealand girl who identifies as a boy plan to facilitate the child’s inclination by having him injected every three months to medically stop puberty, as an initial step to sex change.

 

Letting girl live as boy 'the right decision' (NEW ZEALAND) 

A medical ethics expert has praised the family of a seven-year-old girl who are backing a decision for her to live as a boy and to medically stop the onset of puberty despite criticism the child is too young to make the monumental decision.

 

Tony and Manja's little Kiwi wedding (AUSTRALIA) 

It was in a council chambers in the New Zealand city of Dunedin that Tony and Manja became the Briffas last weekend, striking off two firsts in the one event – marrying in council chambers and also the first wedding of an Australian intersex person across the pond.

 

Australian Prime Minister’s lesbian sister to marry (AUSTRALIA) 

Christine Forster, sister of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has announced she is engaged to partner Virginia Edwards.

 

TOOLS FOR CHANGE

 

Oak Fellowship at Colby College (ASIA) 

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights is conducting its search for the Fall 2014 Oak Human Rights Fellow.

 

Accessible funding, advocacy and security services with Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program (ASIA) 

The Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program provides emergency funds, advocacy support, and security assistance to human rights defenders and civil society organizations under threat or attack due to their work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights.

 

Company rolls out 'gay' benefits (PHILIPPINES) 

While Catholic Church leaders warn that same-sex marriage won’t come easy in conservative Philippines, one company is now acknowledging homosexual ties. Global media firm Thomson Reuters’ site in Manila has introduced new rules allowing its employees’ live-in and even same-sex partners to avail of company benefits.

 

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See you next week for another edition of News from ILGA-Asia!

 

Thank you!



ILGA Communications Team Asia

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