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15 September 2018

New York City Will Allow Gender-Neutral 'X' On Birth Certificates

UNITED STATES, New York: On 12 September 2018, the New York City Council cleared Bill Introduction 954-A that will allow non-binary people born in the five boroughs to obtain a gender-neutral ''X'' on their birth certificates. The Bill now heads to Mayor Bill de Blasio for formal signature.

14 September 2018

Judge awards pro-marriage pastor $10,000 in online harassment case

UNITED STATES, West Virginia: On 14 September 2018, it was reported that Berkeley County magistrate Richard Stephens issued a default judgment in favor of Christian Pastor Richard Penkoski and his wife Amanda Penkoski with a settlement of $10,000 against Paula Bowers. The Penkoski's alleged Bowers broke the terms of an agreement to stop harassing them because of his ministry's stand on the ''sinfulness'' of homosexual acts and its opposition to same-sex ''marriage''.
Federal Court Allows Challenge to Discriminatory Adoption Placement Practices to Continue

UNITED STATES, Michigan: On 14 September 2018, the US District Court Judge Paul D Borman denied a motion to dismiss the complaint of Kristy Dumont, Dana Dumont and Others that alleges that permitting state-contracted, taxpayer-funded child placing agencies to exclude prospective adoptive families headed by same-sex couples based on religious objections to such families violates the Constitution.
• Opinion and Order: Kristy Dumont, Dana Dumont and Ors v. St Vincent Catholic Charities et al. No. 17-cv-13080 PDF 232.11kb 14 SEP 18

13 September 2018

Turkey fines TV channel for Pink's video with dancing of 'homosexual nature'

TURKEY: On 13 September 2018 , it was reported that the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) fined city of Bursa Broadcaster AS TV 17,000 Turkish liras for showing music video ''Secrets'' by Pink - that featured ''erotic dance figures of a homosexual nature'' - during hours when children and young people could watch and be negatively influenced.
Kenya ban on lesbian romance film challenged

KENYA: On 13 September 2018 , it was reported that Kenyan film maker Wanuri Kahiu had challenged the constitutionality of the banning of her film ''Rafiki'' by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) who objected to ''its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism''.
All you need to know about the history of homosexuality in Indonesia

INDONESIA: On 13 September 2018, an article by Irwan Martua Hidayana, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Universitas Indonesia, with contributions from Bimo Alim, showed that gender and sexual diversity are and have been inherent in Indonesian societies since before before colonialism and modernity exerted their strong influence in the society.

12 September 2018

FRANCE: On 12 September 2018, it was reported that the registrar reported lesbian couple, Alice Gondelle and her partner from the Breton department of Morbihanthe, to the French courts preventing them from naming their baby boy ''Ambre'', saying the name risked ''confusing the child in a way that could be harmful'' due to the fact that it is considered a girl's name.
Chile approves law for transgender citizens to change official details

CHILE: On 12 September 2018, Chamber of Deputies reportedly approved (95-46) a bill allowing people over the age of 14 to change their name and gender in official records. Children aged 14 to 18 must first obtain the consent of their parents or legal guardians. The gender identity law must be either rejected or entered onto the statute books by center-right President Sebastian Pinera within 30 days.
Western Australia Passes Law To Allow Expungement Of Historical Gay Convictions

AUSTRALIA, Western Australia: On 12 September 2018, it was reported that the State has passed laws to allow people charged under unjust homosexual laws to have the convictions removed from their criminal records. The expungement scheme will commence on 01 October. Applications will be made to the state's Department of Justice, which will display the details on its website.

11 September 2018

Asylum Application Rejected Because Afghan 'Homosexual' Doesn’t Watch Gay Porn

AUSTRIA: On 11 September 2018 , it was reported that the Austrian Federal Office for Asylum (BFA) rejected the asylum claim of an Afghan national finding it ''extremely unlikely that you are in actual communication with other men with no photos (resulting from chats) on your mobile phone'' and ''There should be interest here (as stated) in pornographic material of homosexuals, at least from favourited sites on the Internet''.
Gaidam signs bill against rape, homosexuality

NIGERIA, Yobe: On 10 September 2018, Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidamit reportedly signed into law the State Penal Code. Amendment Law 2018, which prescribed punishment for rape, kidnapping and unnatural offences. Whoever commits rape, where the victim is a minor, shall be punished with imprisonment for life and where the victim is an adult, shall be jailed for a term of 25 years.

07 September 2018

Lesbian couple finally get a visa but it’s a ‘housewife’ permit

SOUTH AFRICA: On 07 September 2018 , it was reported that the Department of Home Affairs issued a visa on 30 August 2018 to civil union partners US citizen Wendy Kessman and South African Nomfundo Ngidi, following an August order of the High Court in Johannesburg. The couple entered into a civil union in January 2017. Since Kessman's tourist visa expired in March 2017, she has been unable to leave South Africa, legally work or study, open a bank account and drive and the visa issued does not allow Kessman to work or study in South Africa. The couple's lawyers will apply for a rectification of the visa.

06 September 2018

‘Gay sex is not a crime,’ says Supreme Court in historic judgement

INDIA: On 06 September 2018, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that consensual adult gay sex is not a crime saying sexual orientation is natural and people have no control over it. Now, it is no longer an offence under Section 377 to engage in consensual gay sex in private.
• Judgment: Navtej Singh Johar & Ors. v. Union of India & Another No. 76 of 2018 PDF 2.67MB 06 SEP 18

04 September 2018

Israel Rejects Court-proposed Compromise to List Both Members of Lesbian Couple as Parents

ISRAEL: On 04 September 2018, the state reportedly announced that it has rejected a compromise proposed by the High Court of Justice to make it easier for both members of a lesbian couple to register as parents, throwing the decision back to the court. The state was responding to a petition submitted by Orly and Ravit Weisselberg-Zur, demanding that the process of registering parenthood for lesbian couples be the same as for heterosexual couples.

03 September 2018

Malaysian lawmakers, activists assail public caning of Muslim lesbian couple

MALAYSIA: On 03 August 2018, it was reported that human rights groups deplored the caning in the Sharia High Court in the state of Terengganu of two Malaysian Muslim women, aged 22 and 32, convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sex, saying it could worsen discrimination against people in Malaysia's lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community.

01 September 2018

Corbett mother loses suit against schools

UNITED STATES, Oregon: On 10 August 2018, US District Court Judge Michael H Simon ruled against Greta Leontiev who alleged that the Corbett School District and various individuals violated her Fourteenth Amendment rights by interfering with her parent-transgender-student-son relationship and her First Amendment rights by disparaging her religion. The son F.V. left his mother's home and stayed with several people associated with the Corbett School District and F.V. felt unsupported at home in his transition to male. The Court found that the district and employees did not attempt to drive a wedge between F.V. and his mother, as she alleged.
• Opinion and Order: Greta Leontiev v. Corbett School District, et al. No. 3:17-cv-772-SI PDF 159.07kb 10 AUG 18

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