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Japan’s first lady says husband helps with chores

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Akie said on Thursday that her husband gives her time for a wide range of activities, from raising organic rice to appearing in a gay pride parade. Despite her husband's conservative image, she says he does chores when he can. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan’s first lady says she has such a busy schedule that sometimes it’s up to the prime minister to do the dishes or take out the garbage.

Posted: September 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US takes gay rights global, despite unsure welcome

Participants of the Christopher Street Day parade through Berlin on June 21  with a float depicting the Statue of Liberty. AP

President Barack Obama’s administration has taken the US gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn’t been won at home.

Posted: June 28th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

India’s top court recognizes third gender category

Indian gay rights activists shout slogans during a protest after the country’s top court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality will remain in effect in India in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. AP

India’s top court has issued a landmark verdict creating a third gender category, saying transgendered people can now identify themselves that way on official documents.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Palace promises stronger measures for gender equality

Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

In observance of International Women’s Day, an aide to President Benigno Aquino promised Saturday that his administration would strengthen measures to combat violence against women and provide more opportunities for gender equality and empowerment.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

In this June 30, 2013 file photo, Boy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry U.S. flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Seattle. The Boy Scouts of America, in the most contentious change of membership policy in a 103-year history, will accept openly gay youths in Scout units starting on New Year's Day 2014. AP

The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades. Yet despite their be-prepared approach, BSA leaders are […]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »