16 May 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on LGBTI rights


'Things are quite tense': Taiwan on edge as same-sex marriage vote looms
The Guardian, 16 May 2019

Two years ago, Taiwan’s constitutional court made a historic ruling, declaring the country’s civil code, which posited that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, unconstitutional. The court gave Taiwan’s legislature two years to pass a law that would give legal recognition to same-sex marriages, or else they would automatically become legal. On Friday, one week before the court-mandated deadline, lawmakers will vote on three draft bills, one put forward by the cabinet, two submitted by anti-LGBT groups. 


Sicilian volunteers help African LGBTI migrants hit by new Italian Law
The New Humanitarian, 16 May 2019

The future of most asylum seekers in Italy has become more uncertain with the passage of a new law, but for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex people fleeing persecution in their homelands it creates a special jeopardy.


Belgium in second place in Europe for LGBT rights
Brussels Time, 15 May 2019

Once again Malta tops the Rainbow Index list, with Belgium in second place but with a score down from 79% to 73%. The reason, according to Jeroen Borghs of the LGBT rights group Cavaria, is that the list includes new criteria on matters where Belgium does not score so well, mainly relating to intersex people. Those are people who are born such that it is impossible to say whether they are physically male or female.


All lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex persons must be protected from discrimination in law and practice, says Secretary General
Council of Europe, 15 May 2019

Ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia marked on the 17th of May, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland urged for justice and full protection against discrimination for all persons, irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, in all the Council of Europe member states.