Cartier's 'father-son' Valentine draws derision in China
Beijing (AFP) - French luxury brand Cartier is facing online mockery in China over a Valentine-themed advert which appears to show a gay couple who are described in a caption as depicting "father-son" love.Cartier posted a video on Chinese social media platform Weibo this week promoting its "Trinity" ring, which the brand described in the video's caption as representing the "bond of love" -- ahead of the late-August Qixi Festival, one of China's traditional Valentine's day equivalents.The video showed groups of people laughing and embracing each other, including a man and a woman holding hands...
CHR warns Iloilo school: Ordinance penalizes discrimination vs LGBT
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) reminded on Saturday Assumption Iloilo, a private Catholic school, that Iloilo City had passed an ordinance penalizing acts that discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.The CHR issued the statement after the school got flak for tagging “homosexuality” as “immoral” and thus a ground for expulsion, as stated in its handbook for employees and students.But according to CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia, Section IV (2) of Iloilo City Resolution 2016-572 “defines refusal and failing to accept as a student and...
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Thousands protest in Poland after LGBT activist's arrest
Warsaw (AFP) - Thousands of people protested across Poland on Saturday waving rainbow flags, a day after a gay rights activist was taken into custody for two months of pre-trial detention.About 50 demonstrators were also detained by police on Friday as the activist, who identifies as a woman named Margot, was taken away in central Warsaw following a controversial court order.The biggest solidarity protest on Saturday was outside the Soviet-era Palace of Culture in Warsaw, where an AFP photographer saw several thousand people -- some holding umbrellas with LGBT flags on them."We are meeting to ...
Polish police detain 48 protesting LGBT activist's arrest
Warsaw (AFP) - Polish police said Saturday they detained about 50 demonstrators who tried to prevent the arrest of a gay rights activist in the capital Warsaw, which sparked criticism from rights groups.The activist, who was referred to officially in court as Michal Sz. but who identifies as a woman named Margot, is suspected of causing damage to a van plastered with homophobic slogans in Warsaw in June.A court order mandated two months of pre-trial detention for the activist, who is also accused of pushing a volunteer from the Pro-Right to Life Foundation which owned the van.Margot was detain...
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