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India: Transgender mayor elected in Chhattisgarh state

RAIGARH, India -- A transgender on Sunday scripted history by winning the mayor's election in Chhattisgarh state's Raigarh Municipal Corporation, defeating the nearest rival from the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party).

Independent candidate Madhu Kinnar won the mayoral election of the Raigarh Municipal Corporation by 4,537 votes against BJP's Mahaveer Guruji, an election official said.

Madhu, 35, belonging to Dalit community, is the first transgender to get elected as mayor in Chhattisgarh, a state in central India with a population of 25.5 million.

Canada: Two homophobes found not guilty of mischief at college campus

REGINA, Saskatchewan, Canada -- Two well-known homophobes, including American anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera, were found not guilty of mischief for an incident this year at the University of Regina.

Canada: Two homophobes found not guilty of mischief at college campus

REGINA, Saskatchewan, Canada -- Two well-known homophobes, including American anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera, were found not guilty of mischief for an incident this year at the University of Regina.

Australia: "Becoming impenetrable" for LGBT asylum seekers

SYDNEY, Australia -- The government’s new asylum seeker laws could see genuine LGBTI refugees deported to oppressive regimes, refugee advocates and legal experts have claimed.

Human Rights Law Centre legal advocacy director Daniel Webb said the new legislation “throws out the rule book” by excising all references to the UN Refugee Convention. He was particularly scathing on an increase in the circumstances asylum seekers could now be returned to their country of origin.

Taiwan: Parliament becomes first in East Asia to debate gay marriage

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A proposed amendment to the Civil Code that aims to legalize same-sex marriage became a hot topic of debate at a committee in Taiwan's Legislature Monday, marking the first time that such a bill has ever been reviewed at the parliamentary level in East Asia.

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Cheng Li-chiun, one of the lawmakers who proposed the draft bill, said in the session of the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee that it is the Legislature's responsibility to make changes to discriminatory or unfair laws.

Uganda: Parliament adjourns without debating anti-gay law

Uganda’s parliament adjourned on Friday without passing a new version of the anti-LGBT law that was struck down by the country’s Constitutional Court in August, despite overwhelming support from lawmakers.

Partner Thomas Zinn: "Humble, generous" Tori Johnson would have loved Martin Place flower tribute

SYDNEY, Australia -- Siege victim Tori Johnson's partner has thanked Australia and the world for the outpouring of support for the family that has come in the wake of the Martin Place tragedy.

Thomas Zinn read an emotional statement directly to viewers on the TODAY Show this morning, speaking of the family's pride in the strength of the community.

"As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for our family," he said.

China: Court rules against clinic in country’s first "gay conversion" case

BEIJING, China -- In the first ruling of its kind in China, a Beijing court said on Friday that a psychiatric counseling center was in the wrong when it attempted to cure a 30-year-old man of homosexuality with a mix of hypnosis and electric shocks.

Gay rights activists have said they hoped the lawsuit will help put an end to the practice of “gay conversion” therapy in the country.

Taiwan: University rips down poster on coming out talk for fear students will turn gay

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Taiwanese university's decision to tear down a poster for a lecture by a gay speaker because it was "afraid everyone would turn homosexual after listening'"has sparked online debate in the country.

The openly gay director of the Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Miao Po-ya, last night (Dec. 17) gave a lecture at Fu Jen University in Taipei titled "My Coming Out Experience."

Organizers, lesbian society Good Club and the Gender Studies Group, put up three posters on Friday (Dec. 12) but one in the university's main corridor was torn down within six hours.

594 LGBT people killed across the Americas in 15-month period

WASHINGTON DC – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has continued to monitor the situation of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex persons (LGBTI) in the Americas, and as a result it has documented killings and other instances of violence against LGBT persons during a fifteen-month period (between January 1st 2013 and March 31st 2014) and has published an annex to this press release which contains an analysis of that information.