LGBT Groups Slam College’s ‘Sexual Deviation’ Forum
The Nation, Thailand, 8/31/2018
Thailand’s gender diversity groups on August 30, 2018, denounced a plan by the all-male Bangkok Christian College to host a seminar to help parents protect their children from ‘sexual deviation’. Saying that such an obsolete term encourages dangerous ignorance, the LGBT network – including Together for Equality and Action (TEA), Non-Binary Thailand, For-sogi, Pink Mango and Sapaan – issued a joint statement calling on the school to “stop producing hatred and violence against gender diversity people”. The LGBT groups also claim that the school may also have violated the Gender Equality Act 2015, which forbids any act that causes division, discrimination or limitation of any rights and benefits due to a person’s sexual orientation.
South Korea Rights Commission Calls for Better HIV, AIDS Patient Care
UPI, South Korea, 8/31/2018
South Korea's health ministries have adopted recommendations from Seoul's National Human Rights Commission to improve anti-discriminatory policies for HIV and AIDS patients. According to the NHRCK, South Korea's ministry of health and welfare has agreed to strengthen laws that provide for HIV and AIDS prevention and control measures, local television network MBC reported on August 31, 2018. The ministries have adopted recommendations to develop a guide to prevent the human rights violations of HIV and AIDS patients, to educate medical personnel at national and public hospitals, and develop policies to provide financial support for the patients, according to reports. Anti-discrimination education will also take place in 13 of 17 designated municipalities in South Korea.
De Lima Files Bill to Raise Age of Sexual Consent From 12 to 18
CNN - Manila, Philippines, 8/30/2018
Senator Leila de Lima has filed a bill to raise the statutory age of rape in The Philippines from 12 years old to 18. Senate The bill seeks to increase the age of sexual consent to protect children against abuse and rape. Under the present Anti-Rape Law (1997), a sexual act is considered statutory rape only when the victim is under 12 years old or is ‘mentally unstable’. De Lima said this law has to be revised as a 12-year-old child won't have enough knowledge about sexual consent and intercourse given the lack of sexuality education and reproductive health options in the country. Philippines is presently one of the few countries with the lowest age at which someone can consent to sexual activity.
Rise in Unprotected Sex among Young Points to ‘Lack’ of Education in Hong Kong
South China Morning Post - Hong Kong, China, 8/29/2018
A growing proportion of sexually active 14 to 25-year-olds in Hong Kong are choosing not to use protection during sex, reflecting a ‘serious lack’ of proper education on the subject in school, an HIV prevention NGO said on August 28, 2018. The NGO, AIDS Concern, based its remarks on surveys done over five years with 3,013 young people, who had visited its centre to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. While it did not provide a breakdown on the number surveyed each year, the results showed that since 2014-15, the percentage of condom use across four groups – those having sex while in a relationship, with regular partners, with casual partners and with sex workers – had declined.
Gujarat: ‘Gay prince’ Designs South Asia’s First LGBTQ Academic Module
Times of India - Ahmedabad, India, 8/28/2018
The world’s first openly gay Prince and LGBT activist, Manavendra Singh Gohil, has pioneered South Asia’s first academic module on the LGBTQ community. Titled, ‘Proclivity of Gender: Socio-legal approach to LGBTQ Community’, the compulsory course was launched at the Ahmedabad-based Karnavati University on August 27, 2018, and will be taken by undergraduate students of Law and Liberal Studies at the University. Over 60 participants, ranging from higher secondary school students to PHD scholars from across the country will also take the course. It will include topics such as the history of LGBTQ rights movements in the country, the present legal and civil scenario surrounding LGBTQ rights (with reference to laws like Section 377) and will also provide international references for rights-based movements.