US President Donald Trump speaks following the ceremonial swearing-in of James Mattis (R) as secretary of defense on January 27, 2017, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members Can Serve as a Teaching Moment

The way the president rolled out this decision is almost a textbook example of how not to make difficult decisions on military policy.

Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei on May 24, 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage.
Crowds of pro-gay marriage supporters in Taiwan on May 24 cheered, hugged and wept as a top court ruled in favour of same-sex unions. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH        (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Taiwan’s High Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

If parliament codifies it in the next two years, Taiwan will be a trailblazer in Asia.

An Indonesian Sharia police whips a man during a public caning ceremony outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province on September 18, 2015. Three women and 14 men arrested for sexual offenses and gambling were caned in front of the mosque in full view of the public following the Friday prayer. Aceh is the only province of Indonesia that is enforcing the Islamic Sharia law and violators are punished by public caning.  AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN        (Photo credit should read CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid Rising Fundamentalism, Indonesia May Sentence Gay Men to 100 Lashes

Indonesia’s once-vaunted religious pluralism is ceding ground to sharia law.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27:   Randy Berry (L), the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons, delivers remarks during a reception in his honor with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the Ben Franklin Room at the Department of State February 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. The State Department said Berry's responsibility will be to "reaffirm the universal human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Keeps Obama’s Top Gay Rights Envoy at State Department

The move is stunning LGBT activists and is expected to anger evangelicals.


New Year, New Possibly Discriminatory HIV Registry in Russia

In a country in which HIV and homosexuality are stigmatized, the registry might be more sickness than cure.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 20: Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during the people celebration know as 'Pesta Rakyat' at National Museum on October 20, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Joko Widodo was sworn in October 20, as the president of Indonesia with an inauguration ceremony held in Jakarta. Widodo was the eventual winner of a tightly fought and sometimes controversial election race against opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto. A number of key world leaders were in attendance including Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott.  (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Indonesia’s President Believes Chemical Castration Will Stop Pedophilia

The Indonesian president has defended his suggestion that sex offenders be castrated.

An Indonesian member of hardline Muslim group Front Pembela Islam (FPI), the Islamic Defender Front holds a placard featuring two gay films during a protest against the Q! Film Festival in front of the Dutch cultural center, Erasmuis Huis in Jakarta on September 28, 2010.  Dozens of members of Front Pembela Islam (FPI) held protests outside cultural centers of France, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan on September 28, demanding the cultural centers cancel the screenings during the Q! Film Festival will will showcase 150 films from more than 20 countries highlighting such issues as gay rights and HIV/AIDS.   AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Indonesian President’s Office: We Give Our Citizens Educations and ID Cards, Not LGBT Rights.

Indonesia's government has increased its aggression toward gay communities, and now says they have no space for them.

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How Gay Rights Advance Democracy in the Middle East

LGBT activists are in the vanguard of the struggle against the region’s dictators and theocrats.

Indian members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community take part in a pride parade, calling for freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, in Chennai on June 26, 2016. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR        (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Carnal Intercourse Against the Order of Nature’ Is Still Illegal in India

The country's top court declined to revisit a law that targets gay sex — the latest setback for the subcontinent’s LGBT community and its struggle for equality.

LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/11/20: Pakistani Eunuchs hold candligthing ceremony in memory of  transphobia vicitims on the eve of  International Transgender Day of Remembrance in Lahore. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender  graphic designer, columnist, and activist. In 2010, it was already observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries in the world. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Medical Journal: Lack of Health Care Has ‘Alarming Consequences’ for Transgender People

A landmark series of papers called for better health care for transgender people worldwide.

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