22 November 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on on LGBTI rights


Same-Sex Marriage: Is Cuba Using It to 'Pinkwash' Other Oppressive Policies?
TheWire, 22 Nov 2018

Cuba will revise its constitution in 2019 – and one of the biggest topics under debate is Article 68, which proposes legalising same-sex marriage. By legalising same-sex marriage, and not just civil partnerships, Cuba would follow a broader trend in Latin America – and this is to be celebrated. But is the Caribbean nation’s promotion of this change really evidence of a genuine progressive socialist revolution, or another case of international pinkwashing?

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Sex, lies and heated debate: Taiwan prepares to vote in gay marriage referendum
The Guardian, 22 Nov 2018

Taiwan is in the final days of a battle over the future of equality in the country, with conservatives campaigning fiercely against LGBT advocates over a referendum on same-sex marriage on Saturday.
When Taiwan’s highest court ruled last year that same-sex marriage should be legal, supporters rejoiced after waging a years-long battle for equality. But after conservative groups rallied against the change, the government announced a referendum on the issue in August.

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‘Small step’ in push for civil unions for gay couples shot down in Hong Kong’s legislature after heated debate
South China Morning Post, 22 Nov 2018

A proposal by Hong Kong’s only openly gay lawmaker that the government study the idea of creating legal unions for homosexual couples has been shot down by the city’s legislature after a heated debate.
People Power legislator Raymond Chan Chi-chuen on Thursday raised a motion urging officials to consider granting greater rights, but it was voted down 27 to 24.
The government said the vote reflected the diverse range of opinion in the city, and that any changes to the institution of marriage would have a profound influence on society.

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Meet The Pioneering Doctor Who Broke Ground For Transgender Rights More Than A Century Ago
HuffPost, 20 Nov 2018

The Trump administration continues its assault on transgender rights.
In July 2017, Trump sought to bar transgender people from serving in the military. Then, this past October, The New York Times obtained a memo indicating that the administration was considering narrowly defining gender “as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” Anyone wishing to challenge their officially-assigned sex would have to have the matter resolved by genetic testing.
Those opposed to recognizing gender identity sometimes call it a form of “radical gender ideology” or “political correctness” gone too far.

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'Love will prevail': Costa Rica's same-sex couples can marry in 2020
Reuters, 16 Nov 2018

Same-sex couples in Costa Rica will have the right to get married by mid-2020, the nation’s constitutional court has ruled, a first for socially conservative Central America.
In a majority decision made public on Thursday, the court backed the opinion of the San Jose-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which said in January that countries in the region should legalize same-sex unions.

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