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Thailand considers same-sex partnership bill

THAILAND – Thailand’s government is considering a proposed Life Partnership Bill.

The bill will guarantee same-sex couples rights similar to couples in traditional marriages, including the use of one’s spouse’s surname, property rights and the right to end the partnership.

The move is seen as a milestone in efforts to improve legal rights for those in the LGBTQ+, community, which comprises an estimated 8 percent of the population, or about 6 million people.

Current marriage laws reflect a traditional interpretation of gender and family arrangement with reference specifically to men and women.

LGBTQ+ groups have been holding public hearings and rallies at major centers across the country, ahead of a government decision on whether to have the new civil partnership bill go before a legislative assembly this year.


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Council praised for LGBT acronym change

COUNCIL – A council committee in Middlesbrough has decided to refer to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as LGB&T.

The common acronym LGBT is usually taken to include sexual orientations, such as asexual, and gender identities, such as non-binary or genderqueer.

But Council panel said it wanted to differentiate between sexual preference and gender identity.

Co-founder of Teesside charity TransAware, Ellie Lowther, said it was a “massive stride forward”.

Ms Lowther added that the “alphabet soup” of long acronyms with 10 or more letters was “ridiculous”.


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Lerato Moloi’s trail moves venue without notice

MOLOI – Activists are furious after the trial of the men accused of murdering Gauteng lesbian Lerato Moloi was moved to a different court, without notifying her family.

The 27-year-old was killed in Naledi Ext, Soweto in May.

It’s believed that she was raped, stabbed and stoned with large rocks in a suspected hate crime.

Two men were arrested in connection with Moloi’s murder, their trial was meant to start on Monday, at the Johannesburg High Court.

However, when Moloi’s family and activists at the court, they were informed that the trial had been moved to the Palmridge High Court in Tokoza, East of Johannesburg.


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Doctor fined for running unregistered transgender clinic

CLINIC – Dr Helen Webberley, the doctor behind private transgender clinic Gender GP, has been fined 12,000 Pounds.

Webberley had set up online service Gender GP—a private clinic for transgender patients—to cater for people who would otherwise be left waiting years for specialist NHS appointments due to spiralling backlogs.

Thousands of transgender people have received hormones and other treatment through the service, which is the only clinic of its kind in the UK.

The doctor however, has been found guilty of providing an unregistered online medical clinic.

This due to the fact that she failed to register with Healthcare Inspectorate Wales during Gender GP’s period of operation between March 2017 and February 2018.


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Police charged for murder of gay activist

ACTIVIST – Four Greek police officers have been charged for inflicting “fatal bodily harm” on gay activist Zak Kostopoulos after a lynch mob attacked him.

CCTV camera footage of the incident led investigators to identify four policemen who were accused of beating the 33-year-old gay man while he was lying on the pavement as they proceeded to handcuff him.

An examining magistrate has given the officers until December 12 to prepare their defence statements.

Kostopoulos’ death on the streets of Athens on September 21 shocked the local and international LGBTQ+ community.

This lead to protests both in the Greek capital and outside Greek consulates in foreign countries such as Australia and Italy.