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Legislation will make it illegal to prevent trans people from inheriting property, unlawfully evict them or deny them entry to educational institutions.

Pakistan has passed two landmark bills that, for the first time ever, secure the rights of transgender people in the country.

On Tuesday, the National Assembly cleared the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2017 as well as a legislation that will make amendments to the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

The bills are set to expand the definition of a trans person in the country, to include “any person whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the society norms and cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at the time of their birth”, Pakistani media outlet, Dawn, reported.

The amendment bill will make it illegal to prevent trans people in Pakistan from inheriting property, unlawfully evict them from any establishment or deny them entry to educational institutions.

While the rights bill will officially recognize an individual’s gender identity as they perceive it, and will also guarantee all fundamental rights outlined in the Constitution. telesurtv.net
Hundreds of angry protesters took to the streets of New York City, Washington, DC, and San Francisco on Wednesday night after President Donald Trump announced his shocking ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, calling the cost of transgender healthcare in the military as a 'burden'.

Crowds gathered at a plaza named after the late San Francisco gay rights activist Harvey Milk to protest Trump's ban.

Demonstrators waved pink and blue flags and held signs bearing slogans: 'Trans lives are not a burden.'

Transgender veterans made direct appeals to the president to reconsider the controversial move.

There were countless more messages of outcry from celebrities and civilians alike but their outrage did nothing to shift the administration's position. 

Trump gave no figures to explain the decision on Tuesday. dailymail.co.uk
Parliament approved the introduction of gay marriage through the new Marriage Equality Act with Nationalist MP Edwin Vassallo voting against, while all other MPs voted in favour.

Malta became the 15th EU state to introduce same-sex marriage, just six years after the introduction of divorce.

Clarifying his vote, Mr Vassallo said he could not reconcile his principles with a Bill that was "immoral".

Although he agreed that the state and church should be separate, he said he was a Christian and could not abandon his religious beliefs on parliament's doorstep. 

Earlier, the Prime Minister had said that this was a historic moment and invited all MPs to stand up and declare their vote.

In a statement, the government said that the aim of the law was to modernise marriage law through the mainstreaming of equality for all, which means that the institution of marriage is now fully gender neutral to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, and genderqueer (LGBTIQ) persons are free to contract a marriage with their loved ones, be they of the same or a different sex, and also to parent children without having unnecessary references to their gender or biological make-up on their children’s birth certificates. timesofmalta.com
German Chancellor Angela Merkel today voted against a law to legalise same-sex marriage, but was defeated when the bill was passed by a huge majority.

Parliament voted in favour by 393 votes to 226 but the German chancellor maintained her belief the union was the preserve of a man and a woman.

But Merkel, who will seek a fourth term in September, said her decision was a personal one.

She added: ‘I hope that the vote today not only promotes respect between the different opinions but also brings more social cohesion and peace.’

Though her stance on gay marriage remains, she admitted she had changed her mind on the question of child adoption by same-sex couples, which she long opposed. briefnews.com
The German parliament, or Bundestag, on Friday passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in a snap vote that made it onto the agenda before the summer break after a surprise shift by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The bill passed by 393 to 226, with four abstentions. Merkel herself voted against the bill, although her comments helped bring it about.

However, more than 70 members of Merkel's conservative bloc must have voted in favor of the bill for it to pass.

Volker Beck of the Green party, who has long advocated legalizing same-sex marriage, called the vote "a success for democracy," citing opinion polls showing that 80 percent of Germans were in favor of allowing homosexual couples to marry and adopt children.

Germany's approval of homosexual marriages adds it to the growing list of Western countries that allow such unions.

Fourteen European countries have now made gay marriage legal, with the Netherlands leading the way in 2001. dw.com
Candis Cayne is used to being an innovator.

As the first trans actress to land on prime-time TV, Cayne made history with her role in the nighttime soap, Dirty Sexy Money.

Opening doors for LGBTQA talent and introducing audiences to her glamorous on-screen persona, Cayne was groundbreaking.

Nine years later, Cayne is still leading the way, this time as an author.

Conceived as a guide to developing self-love, in addition to mastering winged eyeliner, Cayne’s first book, Hi Gorgeous!, which includes a touching forward by good friend Caitlyn Jenner, merges practical style advice with a retelling of her journey from suburban Hawaiian kid to ’90s drag queen to celebrated performer.  vogue.com
Promoting the idea of 'love in all flavors,' Ice cream giants Ben & Jerry’s are putting up a fight for gay marriage.

Disallowing customers to order two scoops of the same ice cream until Australia legalises gay marriage, the ice cream connoisseurs are taking a stance within the company moto of ‘peace and love’.

“Imagine heading down to your local Scoop Shop to order your favourite two scoops of Cookie Dough in a waffle cone,” the company wrote. “But you find out you are now allowed… you’d be furious!"

Hoping to catch up with other Western countries on the subject, Ben & Jerry's branded product boxes with blank postal cards, ready for seal and delivery, requesting Parliment make a change. tenplay.com.au
Ben & Jerry’s announced today that it was barring customers at is 26 stores in Australia from ordering two scoops of the same flavor.

It’s doing so to highlight the lack of marriage equality for LGBTI people in Australia.

‘Imagine heading down to your local Scoop Shop to order your favorite two scoops of Cookie Dough in a waffle cone. But you find out you are not allowed – Ben & Jerry’s has banned two scoops of the same flavor. You’d be furious!’ said the company in a statement.

‘But this doesn’t even begin to compare to how furious you would be if you were told you were not allowed to marry the person you love.

‘So we are banning two scoops of the same flavor and encouraging our fans to contact their MPs to tell them that the time has come – make same sex marriage legal! Love comes in all flavours!’

To accompany the initiative, the ice-cream giant is installing post boxes emblazoned with rainbows in each of its Australian stores. gaystarnews.com
Toronto police have received an invitation to participate in uniform at New York City’s Pride March amid a controversy over the exclusion of uniformed officers from Toronto’s Pride Parade.

In a  letter sent to Toronto police on Friday, the Gay Officers Action League requested permission for uniformed TPS officers to join uniformed members of the NYPD Marching band and color guard in the June 25 Pride March in New York City.

The New York City event is the same day as Toronto’s own Pride Parade.

“If Toronto officers would like to march proudly as open LGBTQ criminal justice professionals in a march and they feel it’s important to identify both as an officer and a member of the community – we welcome them with open arms,” Gay Officers Action League President Det. Brian Downey told CP24 in an interview Monday. cp24.com
Gender-neutral birth certificates could be issued in Ontario as early as next year, provided the province can work out bureaucratic hurdles involving other governments.

Ontario’s minister of government and consumer services said Thursday consultations will be held on the matter this summer and the province is working to ensure a gender-neutral birth certificate would be legally recognized in other jurisdictions.

Tracy MacCharles said she’s hopeful Ontario can issue gender-neutral birth certificates by 2018.

MacCharles said she’s asked the ministry to reach out to Joshua M. Ferguson - an Ontario-born filmmaker who applied last week to have a change of sex designation on their birth certificate from male to non-binary - a term used to define someone who doesn’t identify with either gender.

The minister said she knows the issue is important to the trans and non-binary community. thestar.com