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It was a weekend of celebration in some communities across India – following last week’s Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay sex. The decision overturned a law that was on the books for more than 150 years, and the development is drawing attention from some of India’s neighbors.

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Wikimedia Commons

Indonesia has become the focus of a case involving local laws and gay rights. It’s gaining broader attention around the region and this week the publicity has spread around the world. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii Urged Not To Ignore LGBT Tourism

Sep 28, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

For the first time, the Hawai‘i Tourism Conference featured a session on LGBT travel. The islands have long been a destination for gay visitors, but state tourism officials have been slow to advertise it. As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many believe it’s an opportunity Hawai‘i can’t afford to pass up.

Jose Rafael Gonzalez
Jose Rafael Gonzalez

The 4th annual Big Island pride festival takes place this weekend in Hilo.

A parade through old town begins Saturday at noon and is followed by a musical festival near the Mo’oheau bandstand.  The Big Island’s transgender community will be specifically honored at this year’s celebration, and will lead the parade.  

Organizers say it’s an important year for LGBTQ rights following President Obama’s declaration of New York’s Stonewall Inn as a historical site, and the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.  Greg Lupton is the Hawai‘i Island Pride Committee Chair.

The Conversation: Monday, June 13th, 2016

Jun 13, 2016

Native Hawaiians In Support of TMT; Aloha International Piano Festival; Chair of the Hawai‘i LGBT Caucus on Orlando Shooting; Cabaret on Kauai

Native Hawaiians Support TMT: PUEO Keahi Warfield

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Transgender advocates are calling on the Hawai‘i State Department of Education to move more quickly on creating specific guidelines for transgender students. An online petition supporting those plans has already received more than 5,600 signatures over the past two weeks.

Is Hawaii Doing Enough To Attract LGBT Tourism?

Aug 19, 2015
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Flickr/Guillaume Paumier

Dozens of tourism officials are meeting today in Waikīkī to discuss LGBT travel in Hawai‘i. Hotels, tour groups, and local businesses are hoping to better promote the islands as a destination for the gay market. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many question whether the state tourism agency is doing enough.

Jack Law is no stranger to the LGBT traveler. His popular gay bar, Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, has been a mainstay at the edge of Waikīkī since 1974. He says back then, Hawai‘i was one of the top destinations for gay travelers.

Lawmakers Advance Transgender Birth Certificate Bill

May 4, 2015
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Flickr / jdnx

Legislation that would make it easier for transgender people to change genders on their birth certificates is one step closer to becoming law.

Currently, residents who want to amend their birth certificates in Hawaii need to undergo a medical sex change. The new bill would change that process to only require a note from a physician.

This time of year brings a rainbow of events to Honolulu highlighting Hawai’i’s gay. lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.  The Gay Pride parade runs through Waikiki this Saturday, and the Rainbow Film Festival begins at the Doris Duke tomorrow.  In addition, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a theatre production that opens a window into gay life in Hawai’i.  

“Yes, I am… Stories from Honolulu’s LGBT Community” opens Friday, tomorrow night, and runs through June 9th at Fresh Café in Kaka’ako.  Check these links to the play and other activities this weekend.

It’s Thursday, May 23 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

How ya gonna keep them down on the farm? Produce produce

Tom McDonald is the director of social ventures at Kahumana Community in Waianae. The farm offers transitional housing for 120 homeless families  and a day program for people with disabilities. It employs and provides job training for the folks in those programs. partial funding comes from its sales, cafe retreat facilities and festivals. The latest happens this Saturday.