Tokyo is moving to allow same-sex partnerships while Romania is considering a bill that could harm LGBT people.

Tokyo Moves To Allow Same-Sex Partnerships

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has passed legislation recognizing same-sex partnerships, which would expand some privileges now available to married heterosexual couples, but stops short of legalizing same-sex marriages.

In the Group of Seven major economies, Japan is the only country that does not recognize same-sex marriages, according to The Washington Post. Taiwan is the first Asian country or territory to do so.

Activists praised the move as a positive first step, but said they still had a long way to go before they have the same rights as heterosexual married couples.

“I feel that my identity is finally being recognized after 40 years,” said Fumino Sugiyama, a trans activist and co-chair of Tokyo Rainbow Pride.





Romania Considers Dangerous Anti-LGBT Bill


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Romania is debating a dangerous bill that would make it illegal to teach about homosexuality and gender identity in schools.

Romanian legislators attempted to prohibit "activities aimed at spreading gender identity theory or opinion" in educational institutions in 2020.

The bill was struck down by the Constitutional Court, but politicians are trying again to limit debates about sex and gender, this time focusing on children in schools. The bill has cleared the Senate and is now awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives.

According to the Human Rights Watch, LGBT people are not solely portrayed as a threat to children in Romania. Reactionary forces throughout the world, from Guatemala to the United States to Hungary, are banning depictions of LGBT individuals and families in schools, putting children at risk.