LGBTQ pride parade in Amsterdam features boats as floats

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ABOVE: Crowds gather for the closing of Pride Amsterdam Aug. 4. Photo courtesy Pride Amsterdam Facebook page.

AMSTERDAM (AP) | Tens of thousands of spectators are lining an Amsterdam canal to watch a parade of decorated boats during the Dutch capital’s LGBTQ pride festival.

Organizers said 80 boats officially took part in the canal parade on Saturday, including ones representing Dutch police, the military and an undertakers’ organization.

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‘Queer Eye’ Fab 5 introduced Harry Styles to Grindr in Japan

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ABOVE: The cast of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” on “Watch What Happens Live.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

Harry Styles was introduced to Grindr when he spent time with the cast of “Queer Eye” in Japan.

The Fab Five appeared on “Watch What Happens Live” where they were asked by a fan what it was like hanging out with Styles.

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Japan urged to stop requiring surgery for ID gender change

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TOKYO (AP) | Human Rights Watch urged Japan on March 20 to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilized before their gender is changed on official documents.

A 2004 law states that people wishing to register a gender change must have their original reproductive organs removed and have a body that “appears to have parts that resemble the genital organs” of the gender they want to register. The Supreme Court in January rejected an appeal by a transgender man who wanted legal recognition without undergoing surgery, though the court acknowledged that the practice restricts freedom and could become out of step with changing social values.

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Japanese same-sex couples sue for equal marital rights

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TOKYO (AP) | Thirteen gay couples filed Japan’s first lawsuit challenging the country’s rejection of same-sex marriage Feb. 14, arguing 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.

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Hong Kong court denies male status to 3 transgender men

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HONG KONG (AP) | Hong Kong’s High Court refused to allow three transgender men to be recognized as males on their official identity cards because they have not undergone full sex-change operations.

The ruling Feb. 1 was seen as a blow to the fledgling LGBT movement in the semiautonomous Chinese city of 7.4 million people, which is preparing to host the 2022 Gay Games.

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Panasonic a pioneer for LGBT rights in Japan

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TOKYO (AP) – For decades, Panasonic Corp. has shaped Japanese corporate tradition – be it morning exercise routines or lifetime employment. But don’t hold your breath waiting for other Asian businesses to emulate its latest policy announcement: Recognizing same-sex partnerships.

Much of Asia remains far behind the West in such attitudes. Panasonic’s move is rare, although bold, and seems unlikely to herald a sea change.

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Panasonic forges ahead with recognition of same-sex marriage and possible benefits

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Tokyo (AP) – Panasonic Corp. said it will recognize same-sex marriages in its employment policies in a rare move for a major Japanese manufacturer.

Although details are being worked out, some of the benefits currently allocated to married employees include maternity leave, health insurance and a small cash bonus, said spokeswoman Chieko Gyobu. Panasonic said the new policy will come into effect in April.

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Team Watermark: Meet our veterans on staff

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This Veteran’s Day, Watermark would like to take a moment to recognize the service of two of our staff members, Sales Director Mark Cady and Tampa Bay Bureau  Chief Jeremy Williams.

Both of them are openly gay men who served their country from in the closet. 

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France lifts ban on gay men blood donors

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PARIS (AP) – France will end its ban on blood donations by gay men, its health minister said Nov. 4, calling the move the end “of a taboo and discrimination.”

Health Minister Marisol Touraine said beginning in the spring of 2016, no blood donors can be refused based on their sexual orientation. She spoke at a meeting in the Health Ministry on Wednesday after experts studied the issue.

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Argentina removes ban on gay men from donating blood

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Buenos Aires (AP) – A ban on homosexual men donating blood was lifted Sept. 16 in Argentina, a move the gay community had long demanded.

The country joined others in the region, including Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru, which have ended similar restrictions in recent years.

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Screened Out – Mr. Holmes

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Ian McKellan, Laura Linney, Milo Parker

“I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for?” – Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of Four.

By playing the famous detective, Sir Ian McKellan proves again why he’s one of the greatest actors of our times.

In Mr. Holmes, England is still recuperating from WWII. The legendary detective is 93 and suffering from the worst disease that could befall him: dementia. He’s taken a trip to Hiroshima, Japan, to find a cure. He comes home to his English countryside house even more feeble and frail. Only the housekeeper (Linney) and her very bright son (Parker) are part of his life now; Dr. Watson and the original housekeeper Mrs. Hudson are dead.

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Abby Wambach runs to her wife after winning World Cup

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The U.S. women’s soccer team had a spectacular win against Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on July 5, finishing the game with a 5-2 victory.

Abby Wambach, striker for the USA team, didn’t score any of the five goals that led the U.S. team to its victory, but that doesn’t stop her from being the top international scorer for both men’s and women’s soccer, with 183 goals in 247 games.

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