Apr 4, 2015

Judge orders California to pay for inmate's sex-change operation

A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered California to pay for a biologically male prisoner’s sex-change operation, which could cost as much as $100,000. U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar ruled Thursday that Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, who was born Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy, should undergo ...

Inmate videos aim to reduce New York prison sexual assaults

Mar 9, 2015

Inmate videos aim to reduce New York prison sexual assaults

On his first day in a Michigan prison for robbing a photo store with a toy gun, 17-year-old T.J. Parsell was dragged into an empty cell and gang-raped. Now the 54-year-old activist and filmmaker has created videos instructing newcomers to New York state prisons ...

Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

| Feb 28, 2015

Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

by Philip Brasor

On Feb. 13, Asahi Shimbun’s daily Vox Populi, Vox Dei column mentioned Morizo and Kiccoro, the official mascots of the 2005 World Expo held in Aichi Prefecture. These two “woodland fairies” supposedly hailed from Seto, which issued them the same resident cards (jūminhyō) held ...

Jan 19, 2015

Man sues women's university for rejecting application

A man who applied to a women’s university in the city of Fukuoka filed for damages Monday, arguing the public college’s rejection of his application amounts to gender discrimination and is unconstitutional. In the complaint filed with the Fukuoka District Court, the man in ...

Sharia law forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh

Dec 29, 2014

Sharia law forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh

Overwhelmed by fear, members of the main gay rights group in the Indonesian town of Banda Aceh started burning piles of documents outside their headquarters in late October, worried that the Sharia police would raid them at any moment. Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh ...

Single mothers in Nepal blast planned citizenship bill

Dec 23, 2014

Single mothers in Nepal blast planned citizenship bill

Nepalese single mother Deepti Gurung has spent years trying and failing to register her two teenage daughters as citizens of their country. Although her children were both born in Nepal, the 40-year-old has struggled to secure their legal right to citizenship in the absence ...