Lawsuit is part of a wider push by the LGBT community to use the courts to seek fairer treatment under the law where same- sex relations was illegal until 1997
Some rights activists welcome the decision to include a clause in the new constitution to ensure fairer legal treatment while others remain skeptical.
"Widespread publicity potentially exposes their families, loved ones and intimate partners to harm," says the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
The adoption ceremony held in traditional in Rukai culture is not known to have been held for a same-sex couple before.
According to an official report, gay and transgender prisoners face the highest risk of sexual harassment from other inmates in prison.
Japanese gay media have promoted a gay identity linked to youth, masculinity and highly gym-trained bodies as being highly desirable, says a social researcher.
LGBT rights activists in Nepal say such recognition on passports would help tackle widespread discrimination they face within the Hindu-majority Himalayan country.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon while in the Indian capital New Delhi said he "staunchly opposed the criminalization of homosexuality" as it violates basic rights.
Recent musicals have included very popular drag queen characters in one of the lead roles, lending to a new trend and successfully drawing out a curious audience.
One of very few surveys pertaining to this group has revealed both a lack of understanding and the scarcity of support for such persons in Japan.
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