LGBTI news wrap for the weekend of January 2/3, 2016.
By
Drew Sheldrick

4 Jan 2016 - 9:53 AM  UPDATED 4 Jan 2016 - 9:53 AM

Transgender advocates in India have asked for more time to consider a rights bill drafted by the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Representatives of the transgender community in Telangana and other southern Indian states called the January 4 deadline “incredibly short and unfeasible” in a statement following a consultation held at Bangalore on December 30.

A same-sex marriage proposal backstage at the Broadway production of Wicked has been caught on camera. One of the show's dancers was surprised by his boyfriend during what he thought was a standard curtain call. You can watch the proposal below.

LGBT youth in Vietnam are still struggling with mental health issues in school. Local activists are calling on Vietnamese educators to introduce programs which raise awareness about sexuality and gender identity to fight discrimination.

A homophobic rant directed at a drag queen on London's Tube network has been caught on camera, along with footage of the defender who stood up to the abuser. Ryan Mahon posted the video to his Facebook account with a message condemning the homophobic behaviour which took place on New Year's Eve. It's now been watched nearly a quarter of a million times. (Warning: Language NSFW.)

A Hong Kong bureaucrat is suing for the right to claim the same benefits for his same-sex partner as heterosexual couples receive. The man, who married his partner in New Zealand, says in a High Court document that the government’s refusal to recognise their union is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Same-sex marriage one year on: A look at the impact of marriage equality in the US state of Florida after 12 months.