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- The Prime Minister of Malta spoke out against gay ‘conversion’ therapy and noted he would ‘never accept a situation where any Maltese was called sick or a pedophile because of their sexual orientation.’ Meanwhile, in Brazil, the Rio de Janeiro State Secretary of Social Assistance and Human Rights was fired after he spoke in favor of ‘gay cure’ therapies.
- Israel’s parliament—the Knesset—voted against multiple gay rights bills, including a ban on conversion therapy and a civil union bill, only a day after the country’s first LGBT Rights Day.
- The Portuguese Parliament voted to grant same sex couples adoption rights.
- In the US, the governor of North Carolina promised ‘immediate’ action against a regional nondiscrimination bill. The governor’s response is just the latest in a rash of anti-LGBT legislation as 16 states debate 44 anti-transgender bills and 32 states consider 175 anti-LGBT bills.
- During Turkey’s Grand National Assembly Commision on Equal Opportunity, some Members of Parliament proposed that protection of sexual orientation and gender identity should be included in a new national human rights foundation.
- Amnesty International released their annual report documenting human rights violations and governments that ‘brazenly’ break international law. The report highlights ongoing discrimination and violence against LGBTI people across the globe.
The Politics of Union
- The Italian senate passed a civil union bill, after months of protest. Despite the success, many activists expressed disappointment over the bill’s final text. Elsewhere, the Finnish Parliament finalized legislation allowing same-sex marriages.
- And in Australia the Australian Christian Lobby called for a ‘temporary’ stop on anti-discrimination laws that they claim prevent the lobby from campaigning against same-sex marriage.
Let the Courts Decide
- In Malawi, the Mzuzu high court ruled that police must continue to arrest people who engage in same-sex activity until Parliament revises the penal code, despite former president Joyce Banda’s moratorium on anti-gay laws.
- The European Court of Human Rights ruled against Croatia for discriminating against same-sex couples after state authorities refused to issue residency permits that are given to heterosexual couples.
- In Tunisia, a trial court ruled against the government and in favor of LGBT rights group ‘SHAMS’ allowing the group to resume activity organizing against criminalization laws.
- A court in Hungary convicted two men of a hate crime after they attacked gay Brazilian students studying in Budapest. Advocate Tamás Dombos noted that the case is representative of the violence ‘LGBTQI people face in their everyday life.’
- And in Canada, Kael McKenzie was sworn in as the nation’s first self-identified transgender judge.
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