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Guj Gets Transgender Welfare Board

Ahmedabad Mirror - Gujarat, India, 2/19/2019

In a major development for transgender people in the state, the Gujarat Government has established a Transgender Welfare Board, constituted by the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment. The 16-member board will take care of housing, education, employment and livelihood of the community. As per the statement of the social justice department in the state, this board will specially take care of social security of the community along with handling other issues they face. It will co-ordinate with various departments to enable the community to take advantage of government schemes. As a nodal agency, the board will also bring out schemes for the community and implement them effectively. This is a significant development for transgender rights in the state, especially after the reading down of Section 377.

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Students with HIV/AIDS Should Be Allowed Back to School, C. Java Governor Says

Jakarta Post, Central Java, 2/18/2019

Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has responded to the recent expulsion of 14 elementary school students with HIV and AIDS in Surakarta, Central Java, calling on the relevant authorities to ensure the immediate re-enrolment of the students. The Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician wants every related party, especially the Surakarta administration, to immediately provide assistance to the students. ‘All citizens have the right to a good education. Children with HIV and AIDS should not be discriminated against,’ he said. He also called on members of the public to refrain from being prejudice and acting in discriminatory ways against people and children with HIV and AIDS. The 14 HIV-positive children had been expelled from the school following pressure on the school’s management by parents of other students.

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Portion of Koreans Opposed to Homosexuality Dips Below 50% for the First Time

Korea Herald, South Korea, 2/17/2019

The portion of South Koreans who are opposed to homosexuality fell below 50 percent for the first time, a report showed on February 17, 2019, in an indication of Koreans' growing openness to sexual minorities. In a 2018 poll of 8,000 Korean adults, 49 percent said that they cannot accept homosexuality, down from 57.2 percent tallied in 2017, according to the Korea Institute of Public Administration. Koreans opposing homosexuality accounted for 62.1 percent in 2013 and has been since on the decline, though 2018 is the first time that corresponding data has fallen below 50 percent, even if it’s by a small margin. From those surveyed, Korean women were less accepting than Korean men of homosexual people.

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Chinese High School Students Create Daring Sex Education Game, Earning Positive Reviews on Steam

South China Morning Post, China, 2/15/2019

A group of Chinese teenagers have created a video game about sexuality education – a topic still taboo in mainland China – earning positive reviews on the US-based video game distribution platform Steam. ‘Self-Reliance’ is an interactive video game where players make decisions for the protagonists and lead the story in different directions. It was developed by seven high school students in Shanghai, who acted on camera to simulate various sexuality education issues in real life. Some of the topics the game covers include consent, contraception, and safer sex practices. While Chinese classrooms are traditionally reluctant to talk about sexuality, there have been growing calls for better sexuality education to reduce risks of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases among Chinese youth.

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Same-Sex Couples in Japan Sue for Equal Marital Rights

New York Post - Tokyo, Japan, 2/14/2019

Thirteen gay couples filed Japan’s first lawsuit challenging the country’s rejection of same-sex marriage on February 14, 2019, arguing that the denial violates their constitutional right to equality. Six couples holding banners saying ‘Marriage For All Japan’ walked into Tokyo District Court to file their cases against the government, with similar cases filed by three couples in Osaka, one couple in Nagoya and three couples in Sapporo. Ten Japanese municipalities have enacted ‘partnership’ ordinances for same-sex couples to make it easier for them to rent apartments together, among other things, but they are not legally binding. Japanese laws are currently interpreted as allowing marriage only between a man and a woman. But while the laws lag behind, public acceptance of sexual diversity has recently grown in Japan.

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