12 April 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


How LGBT Advocates Scored A Surprising Victory In Alaska
by NPR, 12 Apr 2018

Voters in Anchorage, Alaska narrowly rejected a controversial proposal last week that would have banned transgender people from using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. The "bathroom bill," as it was called, mirrored legislation passed in North Carolina in 2016. The results are a major shift from just six years ago. In 2012 municipal elections, voters rejected a broad equal rights ordinance on the ballot. The same anti-discrimination measures were eventually passed by the city's assembly in 2015. The Prop. 1 effort was a narrowed attempt to repeal some of those expanded protections, and is similar to bills introduced in other state legislatures, as well as two ballot measures that could go before voters in Montana and Massachusetts this November.

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Gay men in Tasmania can now get their historical gay sex convictions expunged
by PinkNews, 12 Apr 2018

Gay men in Tasmania can now apply to have historical convictions for homosexual acts erased from their criminal records.The process began in 2015, but it was slow going, with an apology only issued in 2017. 

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UK to rule on gender-neutral passports in landmark case
by Gay Star News, 10 Apr 2018

A gender-neutral activist will return to court in the UK next week. Christie Elan-Cane has been fighting to carry a passport that reflects per gender neutrality. Per is Elan-Cane’s preferred pronoun, rather than his/her/he/she. Elan-Cane has been fighting for 25 years to get official forms to offer options besides male and female. The case will reach its judicial review full hearing at London’s Law Courts on 18-19 April.

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Forum on political participation of LGBTI people in Albania
by the Council of Europe, 09 Apr 2018

On the 6th of April, a high level Forum on Political Participation of LGBTI people in Albania was hosted by the Albanian Assembly with the support of the European Union/Council of Europe joint action “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and gender Identity in Albania”.

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