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08 July 2018

Indian Psychiatric Society supports decriminalisation of homosexuality, says itís not a disorder

INDIA: On 07 July 2018, the Indian Psychiatric Society released an online statement, saying that it recognises ''same sex sexuality as a normal variant of human sexuality much like heterosexuality and bisexuality''. It also supports thedecriminalisation of homosexual behaviour.
• Statement: Position statement on Homosexuality PDF 1.30MB 07 JUL 18 (Accessed 09 JUL 18)

07 July 2018

California Senate Takes Action on Pro-Gay Measures

UNITED STATES, California: On 07 July 2018, it was reported that the California Senate has gone on the pro-gay-rights attack by passing two new measures. One passed in a unanimous 36-0 vote, reverses a 60-year-old law that instituted anti-gay bigotry in state agencies; in the other, the state Senate voted 22-12 in favor of a resolution urging the President and Congress to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

06 July 2018

Spain offers free fertility treatment for lesbians and single women

SPAIN: On 06 July 2018, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's new Socialist government agreed to offer free reproductive treatment to lesbians and single women, restoring a benefit cancelled by the conservative administration it toppled in June. The measure will come into effect in January 2019.
Being Transgender Is a Mental Disorder, Israeli Insurance Company Says

ISRAEL: On 06 July 2018, it was reported that the Ayalon Insurance Company refused to finance a mastectomy for a transgender man, being told his policy does not cover mental disorders or psychiatric treatments. An appeal against the insurance company has been submitted, via the Human Rights Clinic at Tel Aviv University, claiming that its attitude reflects discrimination and prejudice, and that being transgender is not a mental disease.

05 July 2018

France's court says no legal reason to restrict lesbian couples from IVF

FRANCE: On 05 July 2018, it was reported that the Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, will hand its report on planned revisions to the Bioethics Law to Prime Minister Macron on Friday. It is understood that the report finds there are no legal reasons not to give single women and lesbian couples access to medically-assisted reproduction.
Osaka City to recognise same-sex partnership from July 9

JAPAN: On 05 July 2018, it was reported that the City of Osaka had announced that it will be legally recognising same-sex couples as of 09 July 2018. Same-sex couples who reside in the city, or planning to move to Osaka in the near future, will be able to register at their local office. All you need for the application is a copy of your residence certificate (or documents which prove that you're moving to Osaka), proof of current marital status (which states that you're single), and an official form of ID.
Govt Files Appeal In Same Sex Marriage Case

BERMUDA: On 05 July 2018, the Government confirmed that an appeal in the same sex marriage legal case had been filed.

04 July 2018

New Jersey Governor Signs Bills Giving Transgender Residents More Rights

UNITED STATES, New Jersey: On 03 July 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed SB478 and SB493, to allow birth and death certificates for transgender residents to be amended to reflect their gender identity. People may identify themselves as female, male or undesignated without undergoing gender confirmation surgery or obtaining proof from their doctor to update their birth certificate. SB705, establishes the Transgender Equality Task Force, which will ensure that protections are put in place for the trans community and oversee those efforts.
Bulgarian Court has Recognized the Rights of a Same-sex Couple

BULGARIA: On 04 July 2018, it was reported that the administrative court in Sofia-city had allowed the residence of a married homosexual couple in Bulgaria with the resulting rights. In June 2016, Australian Kristina and French Mariama married in France and Kristina was later granted a residence permit in Bulgaria on the basis of Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of free movement and residence in the EU. This directive states that every citizen of the European Union has freedom of movement for himself and for his family within the Union, even if his spouse is not a national of an EU Member State. The Administrative Court has accepted that EU law precludes a Member State from refusing a third-country national married to a Union citizen the right to reside in the territory of that Member State even on the grounds that the law of that country does not provide for marriage between persons of the same sex.
In historic move, court rules Ecuador's same-sex marriage ban is illegal

ECUADOR: On 04 July 2018, it was reported that judges in the Family, Women, Children and Adolescents Court in the city of Cuenca ruled in favor of two lesbian couples. The Civil Registry office had rejected the couples's marriage license applications. In two separate hearings Judges Iliana Vallejo and Ruth Alvarez ruled the Civil Registry must 'immediately'í allow the women to get married. The Civil Registry office appealed the decision. The case has now escalated to the Provincial Court of Justice of Azuay.
Same-sex couples in Hong Kong 'should be granted lifelong spousal visas', Court of Final Appeal rules

HONG KONG: On 04 July 2018, the Court of Final Appeal ruled unanimously in favour of lesbian expatriate QT, requiring the city's Immigration Department to grant lifelong same-sex couples spousal visas just as it would for those who are married and heterosexual. The decision means the marriage status and civil union partnerships of same-sex couples will be recognised in Hong Kong for the specific purpose of a dependant visa. However, the cityís definition of marriage, between a man and a woman, remains unchanged.
Judgment: Director of Imiigration v. QT [2018] HKCFA 28 HTML 04 JUL 18

03 July 2018

Bethlehem council backs ban on conversion therapy

UNITED STATES, Pennsylvania: On 03 July 2018, the Bethlehem City Council unanimously backed an ordinance known as the Appropriate Mental Health Services Ordinancemaking it unlawful to attempt conversion therapy on minors within city limits and empowering the city to revoke the business license from any licensed mental health professional who offered the therapy to a minor. Council is expected to take its second and final vote later this month.

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