In April, Shibuya became the first area in Tokyo — and all of Japan — to recognize same-sex marriage. But attitudes on LGBT rights are just starting to change in Japan and one startup is trying to push that conversation forward.
The fourth annual Pride Uganda festival took place last week with a small but vocal number of gay pride activists and LGBTI activists taking a stand against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, which criminalizes same-sex relationships with up to 14 years in prison.
Something as simple as using the bathroom can be a fraught experience for transgender students. They can be disciplined, harassed, even assaulted for using the gender they identify with. But now it's starting to change — and these students are leading the charge.
Caitlyn Jenner made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair on Monday, and broke the Internet in the process. Jenner had been living as Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner before coming out as transgender and transitioning. Fox Fisher, a gender documentary filmmaker and transgender man, was encouraged by Jenner's coming out.
President Barack Obama called Friday's Supreme Court ruling "a victory for America." Meanwhile, in India, being gay can mean a life lived in secrecy, blackmail and even jail time. Indian-American author Manil Suri hopes the US Supreme Court decision will set a worldwide precedent.
"This is really setting a trend towards an international movement where 20, 30 years ago the notion that same-sex couples could marry seemed crazy in a lot of places,'' says BuzzFeed's J. Lester Feder.
There were many places in Europe, in southern France for example, that the only place you could find true love was in adultery, because marriage was such a mercenary institution. But then that all changed — and planted the seeds for same-sex marriage to eventually blossom.
In Casey County, Kentucky, neither same-sex nor opposite sex couples are getting marriage licenses. The clerk there says his religious beliefs prevent him from issuing licenses to same-sex couples, but he doesn't want to discriminate. So he's calling for clerks to be removed from the process entirely.