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Draft of new Thailand constitution offers protections for gay, transgender people

Friday, January 16, 2015
Thailand's Democracy Monument in Bangkok, depicts a representation of the 1932 Constitution sittings on top of two golden offering bowls above a turret.
The Constitution Drafting Committee, a group hand-picked by the military junta to draft a new charter after last year's coup, this week added the wording that will make it illegal to discriminate against gay and transgender people. [...]

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Russia does a u-turn, says transgender citizens will not be banned from driving

Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Russian officials have given transgender individuals the green light to continue driving after a new road safety decree sparked panic last week that they would be banned from the road. [...]

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New poll shows 76 percent support for same-sex marriage in Ireland

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Ireland
A new poll shows 76 percent support for same-sex marriage in Ireland, ahead of this summer’s referendum. [...]

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Austria court lifts adoption restrictions for same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Austria's Constitutional Court in Vienna.
Prior to the decision Wednesday, same-sex partners could adopt a child only if one of them was the child's biological parent. [...]

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Egypt acquits 26 suspected ‘gay’ men in trial over bathhouse raid

Monday, January 12, 2015
Relatives of 26 men who were arrested in a televised raid last month by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse, celebrate after an Egyptian court acquitted them in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.
An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men arrested in a televised raid last month by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse, a ruling that set off deafening cheers and jubilation. [...]

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Gay couple denied marriage license after anti-gay activist alleges they’re insane

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Victor Manuel Aguirre, left, and Fernando Urias, holding a sign that reads #MisDerechosNoSonLocura ("My Rights Are Not Madness")
A gay couple in Mexico was denied the right to marry after an anti-gay activist who gives mandatory pre-marital talks to couples preparing for civil wedding ceremonies, said the couple suffers from insanity. [...]

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Ireland Catholic priest comes out as gay during sermon, gets standing ovation

Saturday, January 10, 2015
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Father Martin Dolan, a priest at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra for 15 years, took the unusual step of coming out in support of same-sex marriage, adding, "I’m gay myself." [...]

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Same-sex marriage now legal in Vietnam, but without government recognition

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Vietnam
Although same-sex marriages can now take place under a revised law which went into effect New Year’s Day, the government still does not recognize them or provide legal protections in cases of disputes. [...]

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Russia lists transgender people among those unfit to drive

Friday, January 9, 2015
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New Russian road safety regulations bar transgender and transsexual people and others the government classifies as suffering for sexual and mental "disorders" from driving. [...]

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Court in Italy grants legal status to child born to same-sex couple

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Italy
A court in Italy has, for the first time, recognized the legal status of a child born to a same-sex couple. [...]

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