Taiwan voters reject same-sex marriage in referendum

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: A referendum on whether to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in Taiwan failed on Nov. 24. Photo courtesy of Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association

A referendum on whether same-sex couples should receive marriage rights in Taiwan failed Nov. 24.

Voters by a 67-33 percent margin rejected a question on whether same-sex couples should receive marriage rights through Taiwan’s civil code. Voters by a 66-34 percent margin rejected a question on whether the island’s Gender Equity Act should include LGBTI-inclusive school curricula.

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Gay lawyer spearheads Panama same-sex marriage efforts

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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PANAMA CITY — A gay Panamanian lawyer who once lived in D.C. is leading efforts to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in his country.

Iván Chanis Barahona is working on behalf of a gay couple legally married in the U.K. who is seeking formal recognition of their marriage in Panama. He is also among the lawyers who is litigating a second lawsuit challenging the provision of Panamanian law that bans same-sex couples from marrying.

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TIGLFF is back on both sides of the bay with films to heal and celebrate the LGBT community

By : Jeremy Williams
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Art has a power to it that helps move emotions in a person and a community, and no medium in art does that more powerfully than film. For the 27th year, the Tampa Bay area looks to honor that medium with the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, better known as TIGLFF.

TIGLFF will run 65 films – 32 feature length and 33 shorts – and 35 programs representing 18 different countries from September 30 to October 8 on both sides of the bay, including the venue where it all started, the Tampa Theatre.

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Marriage equality advocates launch campaign in Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh (AP) – Proponents of same-sex marriage are launching a campaign to legalize it in Pennsylvania – the last holdout among the Northeast states.

News conferences trumpeting the “Why Marriage Matters” campaign, sponsored by the national advocacy group Freedom to Marry and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, are slated for this week in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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