20 Feb 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights

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Indonesian Bill Would Ban Surrogacy, Require Rehab for LGBTQ People
By Advocate, 19 Feb 2020

Lawmakers in Indonesia have drafted a bill that would require LGBTQ people to seek medical treatment. If passed, the so-called Family Resilience law would require those "suffering" from same-sex attraction — grouped in the text with "sexual deviations" like sadomasochism and incest — to report themselves to rehabilitation facilities approved by authorities, reports Reuters. 

 

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Mormon Church Formalizes Punishments for Trans Members
By Advocate, 19 Feb 2020

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known informally as the Mormon Church, has never been supportive of transgender identity, but now it has fully spelled out its anti-trans positions in a new handbook, available online. “Gender is an essential characteristic of Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness,” says the General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released Wednesday. “The intended meaning of gender in the family proclamation is biological sex at birth.”

 

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French town suspends ties with Polish twin city over LGBT rights
By France24, 18 Feb 2020

The sister municipality in central France suspended ties last week and said in a statement that “France is committed to combating human rights violations based on sexual orientation ... We cannot accept that the ties that unite our two cities by a twinning oath be tainted. We condemn the position taken by our twin city of Tuchow.”.
 
 

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Putin Vows Russia Will Never Legalize Same-Sex Marriage ‘As Long As I’m President’
By Huffpost, 17 Feb 2020

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would not legalize gay marriage as long as he was in the Kremlin. He made clear he would not allow the traditional notion of mother and father to be subverted by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2”. 
 
 

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