DOH: More Millennials Diagnosed with HIV
CNN Philippines - Manila, Philippines, 6/27/2017
The Department of Health (DOH) reported that in April 2017, 629 persons, most of whom are millennials, were diagnosed with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). More than 80 percent or 513 of those diagnosed with the virus belong to the 15 to 34 age group. In June 2017, 17 people have so far died of HIV-related complications, bringing the total number of HIV-related deaths this year to 172. Data provided by the DOH only involves those who got tested, and the numbers may go higher. Under the law, those 18 years old and below need parental consent before they get tested for HIV.
Tanzania Govt Issues Warning to Arrest, Report Those 'Protecting' Homosexual Interests
Firstpost, Tanzania, 6/26/2017
Tanzania has threatened to arrest and deport those campaigning for gay rights and de-register organisations protecting ‘homosexual interests’, local media reported on June 26. ‘I would like to remind and warn all organisations and institutions that campaign and pretend to protect homosexual interests...we are going to arrest whoever is involved and charge them in courts of law,’ the state-owned Daily News quoted interior minister Mwigulu Nchemba as saying. Nchemba's comments come just days after President John Magufuli slammed NGOs who campaign for gay rights, saying they should be countered even if this meant losing foreign aid. Gay male sex is punishable by anything from 30 years to life imprisonment under Tanzanian law.
Chennai Pride Parade Marches into 9th Year
The Times of India - Chennai, India, 6/26/2017
Chennai’s 9th annual pride parade on the afternoon of June 25 saw over a hundred people coming in from all walks of life to celebrate the LGBTQ identity and draw people's attention to the community's struggle. The march saw many supporters from other cities for Chennai City's LGBTQ community. People handed out badges, colourful umbrellas, urging others to join in. Many participants dressed up in colourful clothes and swanky headgears. A group of sex workers was also joined in to raise awareness. Participants were also seen raising voices against the recent beef ban (new cattle trade rules) and several ideologies.
Transgender Passports to Show Gender as 'X'
The Nation, Pakistan, 6/24/2017
An announcement by TransAction Alliance Pakistan says that that the Government of Pakistan has issued a transgender person with a Pakistani passport with a separate category in gender as X. The President of TransAction Alliance, Farzana Jan, is amongst first ones to carry this ‘X’ transgender identity on her passport. ‘This is a good sign at international level, however countries like Saudi Arabia don’t consider our identity nor allow us entry in the country for Umrah or Hajj,’ Farzana said. However some members of the transgender community are not happy about this development as this categorisation does not specify gender.
Special Court on Child Sexual Crimes a Step in Right Direction
New Straits Times, Malaysia, 6/23/2017
Child rights groups have commended the establishment of the special court to hear cases of sex crimes against children. The groups said the initiative needed to be complemented with more follow-ups to ensure the sustainability of the court process. United Nations Children’s Fund child protection specialist Selvi Supramaniam said officials handling child victims, such as judges, deputy public prosecutors, lawyers and welfare personnel should be sufficiently trained and qualified to minimise the trauma of the children. ‘It cannot be a one-off effort and has to be consistent with proper structure and specific training to ensure that the officials are sensitive to the children’s needs.’