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Incredibly Moving Family Story from Jordan


My name is Hasan. I’m a young man who works with the LGBTI community in Jordan, which is a conservative Middle Eastern country. I’m writing to tell you about my father who passed away two months ago. I would love to tell you about our great relationship but words cannot describe the support he gave me. So I would like …

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Families, tradition, solidarity. Chinese reflections on Family


A story from Chinese activist Xiaogang Wei coming to you for #IDAHOT #IFED2017 I’ve been hearing many stories about LGBT people coming out to their families for more than a decade since working at a Chinese LGBT nonprofit organization. The delightful, the enraged, and the sorrowful stories, I heard all kinds of. In a country that just bid farewell to …

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A happy family story from Suriname


People consider me lucky I guess. I have very loving and supporting parents and brothers, I have a nice career as the managing director of our family business, I travel, I have a bicycle (by choice ), I’m a athlete, I’m the chairman of Parea (Organization of Gay professionals in Suriname), I was chairman of the Surinamese Tennis Association and …

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Asia-Pacific regional forum will celebrate family diversities

APAC Rainbow Families Forum Map

The inaugural Asia-Pacific Rainbow Families Forum will hold several events over 2 days to coincide with The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) global 2017 theme focus issues being on “families”. The forum will raise awareness of the existence of rainbow families in the Asia-Pacific region and highlight the importance of family support. Personal experiences from Australia, China, …

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Rainbows and Pride over Bangkok


From Kao Sod BANGKOK — Powerful stories, LGBT luminaries and fabulous events are coming to the capital with the return of an annual event dedicated to celebrating gay pride and ending discrimination. Next week is IDAHOT, an event known less concisely as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. On May 17, the LGBT community and its friends will …

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