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Philippine University apologizes to Manny MUA and Bretman Rock

Leyte Normal University (LNU) in the Philippines apologized to international beauty bloggers Manny MUA and Bretman Rock last week. The university in Tacloban city used their images in a poster presenting ‘improper grooming for men’. It later published a letter expressing ‘deepest regret’ for ‘inadvertently’ including an image of the pair. LNU’s dress code poster shared last week, detailed ‘inappropriate hairstyles’ and ‘improper grooming for men’. It forbid male students to wear earrings, heavy makeup, and feminine clothes. Among the examples images was a photo of beauty blogger Manny MUA ...
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How one university in India is welcoming transgender students

Panjab University in India’s northern city of Chandigarh is planning to waive tuition fees for transgender students, according to the Times of India. The university is introducing a number of trans-friendly changes after consultations with the city’s Transgender Welfare Board last year. The board suggested free tuition for trans students, separate accommodation blocks, places at school reserved for trans students, and sensitivity training for staff by the welfare board. The university had already constructed a separate toilet, a spokesperson for the University told the Hindustan Times. ‘We will try to...
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Indian politician calls rival ‘worse than a transgender person’

A regional lawmaker for India’s ruling party has apologized after calling her political rival ‘worse than a transgender person’. Footage of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Sadhana Singh making the derogative comment at a rally in December surfaced online over the weekend. Singh said Kumari Mayawati, the head of rival Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), was ‘a blot on womankind’, according to the Bangalore Mirror. ‘Can not say if she can be counted among men or women, she is worse than a transgender person’ Singh said. She made the remarks after the BSP joined...
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EXCLUSIVE: China throws out court challenge against gay online content ban

A court in Beijing, China on Tuesday (23 October) ruled the country’s ban on online LGBTI content was lawful. Fan Chunlin challenged China Netcasting Service Association (CNSA)’s June 2017 decision to label homosexuality ‘abnormal sexual behavior’ and ban it from China’s internet. He filed a case with the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court in January this year. But, this week, the court ruled against the 30-year-old from Shanghai, according to court documents reviewed by Gay Star News. Fan said he was ‘disappointed’ with the ruling but vowed he and his lawyer, Tang Xiangqian, would...
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