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    Gay rights movement gains steam in Japan
    The Wall Street Journal
    To get a local council here to grant symbolic recognition to same-sex couples, the main pitch wasn't about civil rights but about sharpening the ward's cutting-edge image at home and abroad. "We need to be on par with London, New York and San Francisco as a cultural center," said Ken Hasebe, who pushed the issue for three years as an assembly member in Tokyo's Shibuya district.
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    Ukraine's president voices LGBT support in a 1st for the country
    Mashable
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko voiced support for LGBT rights, saying he believes an equality march planned for Saturday in Kiev should take place as planned. "I will not participate in it, but I don't see any reason to impede this march because it's a constitutional right of every citizen of Ukraine," he said at a press conference recently.
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    Guam becomes 1st US territory to recognize gay marriage after federal judge's decision
    The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
    A federal judge's ruling has made Guam the first U.S. territory to recognize gay marriage, leading the governor who opposed the weddings to declare that the island will accept marriage license applications from same-sex couples. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood issued the decision to a packed courtroom after a hearing, saying the territory's ban violated a gay couple's constitutional rights to equal protection under the law.
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    Gay couples feel 'a little safer' holding hands since referendum
    The Irish Times
    Walking out of Dublin Castle the evening of 23 May, hand-in-hand with his fiancé John O'Sullivan, was, says Séamus White, "the most joyous day of my life." Since that day, when 62 percent of the electorate voted Yes for marriage equality, the couple say they feel "a little safer" with such a simple act as holding each other's hand in public.
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    Kenya's long, painful road to gay equality
    The Independent
    Three years on, Immah Reid, a Kenyan gay rights activist, is still haunted by a young girl's text. The girl had been locked in her bedroom in a Nairobi suburb for three days. Her mother had sent in men to rape her, and her little sister was forced to listen to her screams. I don't want you to come and get me because they will kill me,” she wrote. "I just want you to know."
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    Big turnout for Sao Paulo gay pride
    YAHOO
    Tens of thousands of revelers thronged Sao Paulo's main Paulista Avenue thoroughfare to cavort at the city's annual Gay Pride march. Participants gyrated through the heart of Brazil's business metropolis, letting their hair down at the 19th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) parade, whose slogan this year is "I was born this way, I grew up so I will always be like this: respect me."
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    Gaining currency: Fall of euro has American tourists flocking to Europe
    The Guardian
    Last spring, when one U.S. dollar got you a paltry €0.72, Americans visiting to Paris needed to fork out $17 for a €12 entrance ticket to the permanent collections of the Louvre. Today the same ticket will set them back barely $13. Likewise, a reasonable three-star hotel in Rome: Perhaps $350 last year, more like $275 this year.
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    5 charts show why travel industry is world's fastest-growing sector
    Skift
    The global travel and tourism sector employs more people than automotive manufacturing, mining, and financial services combined globally, according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). We've extracted five charts from its Benchmarking Report 2015, which compares travel and tourism to eight other sectors that are considered to have similar breadth and global presence, across 26 countries.
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