According to a Twitter account associated with the agency that enforces the Saudi Arabia religious laws, an international school was fined more than $25,000 after authorities claimed the rainbows on its building were “emblems of homosexuality." A second tweet reported the school administrator had been sent to jail.
Judicial authorities in Taiwan announced plans to draft a same-sex partnership law. The move comes after the US Supreme Court's decision and an upswing of public support in the country.
Lo Ying-hsueh, head of Taiwan's judicial body, announced that the related bills will be placed on an online voting platform that will be used as a reference point for the legislature, according to United Daily News.
One of the same-sex couples who challenged Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban exchanged vows on Friday.
Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro and Zulma Oliveras Vega tied the knot at a restaurant in San Juan’s Santurce neighborhood during a ceremony that took place amid tight security. El Nuevo Día, a Puerto Rican newspaper, reported that Ada Conde Vidal, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Puerto Rico, was the maid of honor.
New Zealand has become the first country in the world to add a "gender diverse" category to its official statistics. Statistics New Zealand said the new standard would "enable policymakers to develop measures that will address matters of importance affecting gender minority groups."
Feeling unfulfilled in her traditional religious community, Ani Zonneveld began to re-study the Qur'an for herself after 9/11. Within the Qur'an, she found that the foundation of Islam was profoundly different from what either the sensationalist media or her traditional religious leaders were saying. “What I concluded,” she says, “is that Islam was actually very liberating in its values and what it advocated for. Once I understood that for myself, it was very hard to go back to the traditional mosque.”