Taiwan’s Same-Sex Marriage Breakthrough, in Context

Timothy S. Rich/Pahichan – Taiwan is poised to be the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage as Wednesday Taiwan’s Council of Grand Justices (Constitutional Court) declared that the country’s current Civil Code on......

If You’re Asking, ‘Am I Gay? Lesbian? Bi? Trans? Queer?’ Here’s a Start

Maya Salam/Pahichan –  Lilly, a transgender girl, near her house in Chico, Calif., last year. A 2015 report by the Public Religion Research Institute suggests that “7 percent of millennials identify either as lesbian,......

Let’s make law clear on LGBTI language

Subas Nembang/Pahichan – As we are moving forward to introduce LGBTI bill, a lot of sensitive issues have been raised during the deliberation on the issue. This is a great step taken by friends......

we also celebrate the International Family Equality Day; focusing on Rainbow Families

Pinky Gurung/Pahichan – Today I feel extremely pride speaking in front of Excellences Ambassadors from around the world; the Honorable Minister of Women Children and Social Welfare, the Honorable Mohna Ansari, Member of the......

Belief, Culture and Activism: an Activist’s insight, by Sunil Pant in Nepal

Kathmandu/Pahichan – Dear Friends, As International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT 2017) is approaching, I wish to share a small write up based my experience during my time with Blue Diamond Society, (similar thoughts I......

A comprehensive picture of LGBTI in Nepal

Kathmandu/Pahichan- People who have different sexuality also engage in sexual activities. The ones who are fighting for their dignity and identity. Talking with, they described their struggle for identity. The ones who are called......

LGBTIQ rights: ‘Being gay in Stem workplaces can be difficult’

Kathmandu/Pahichan – In 2015 a US survey found that LGBTIQ scientists felt more accepted in their workplaces than their peers in other professions did. The Queer in Stem survey, published in the Journal of......

WHAT THE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT CAN TEACH AUSTRALIANS ABOUT MARRIAGE EQUALITY

JACOB VARGHESE/Pahichan – IN 1972, my parents were married in Queensland – the groom was brown-skinned, the bride white. Being three years before the introduction of the Racial Discrimination Act into Australian law, it would......

Some suggestions on enhancing the draft bill 

Bhumika Shrestha/Pahichan – Blue Diamond Society is a non-profit organization working for health and other welfare schemes of third gender, homosexual, inter-sex and bisexual.  It is a great achievement for us to arrive at this......

Mocking relating with transwomen is not funny

Rukshana Kapali/Pahichan – Whether someone supports Hisila Yami or not is none of my business. Whatever she says is none of my business. But the way people are circulating “rape jokes” is totally humiliating.......