A tale of two Independence Days
Malaysia's run-up to its Merdeka celebration which saw the jailing of former PM Najib Razak stands in contrast with Singapore's move to repeal a law in an apparent surrender to international pressure.
‘Lightyear’ makers unfazed by bans in places with ‘backward beliefs’
Director Angus MacLane says no efforts were made to alter the film to please censors.
Samsung pulls Singapore drag queen ad after backlash
The ad touched off a wave of online criticism, with one group labelling it 'an unfortunate attempt to push the LGBT ideology into a largely conservative Muslim community'.
Chinese social media giant WeChat shuts LGBT accounts
Contents of the closed WeChat accounts, which included personal stories and photos of group events, were erased.
Transgender Turks fear more open hostility from authorities
Advocates say transgender people in Turkey face increasing violence and discrimination, including denial of jobs, housing, health care and education.
We decide what to teach our kids about sex, Slovenian PM tells EU
Imposing “imaginary European values,” like LGBT promotion he argued, would be the “fastest road to collapse” for the bloc.
Lesbians and single women to get IVF rights in France
There has been resistance in the streets, with political and religious conservatives demanding the bill be scrapped.
Czech president calls transgender people ‘disgusting’
He says he can understand gays and lesbians but not 'these transgender people'.
US state bans transgender girls from competing in female school sports
Supporters of the bill say that women and girls would be at a disadvantage against transgender female athletes who were designated male at birth but have since transitioned.
Singapore wags finger at US embassy for co-hosting LGBT webinar
The foreign ministry in its admonition says that issues such as sexual orientation 'are choices for only Singaporeans to debate and decide'.
Same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, Japan court finds
Japan is the only country in the G7 group of developed nations that does not allow same-sex marriage.
Catholic Church ties itself in knots over gays tying the knot
Pope Francis has approved the response by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying it is 'not intended to be a form of unjust discrimination, but rather a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite'.