the Context

LGBT rights in the United States

The U.S. House of Representatives passes the Equality Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

"This is not only important to the LGBTQ community, it's important for America, ending discrimination," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

LGBT rights in Taiwan

Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passes legislation legalizing same-sex marriage and limited joint-custody rights, making Taiwan the first country in Asia to do so. President Tsai Ing-wen and her cabinet helped draft the bill, and she will sign it into law on or before May 24.

Lawmakers voted in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage Friday afternoon.Taiwan has become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage after 93 legislators on Friday (May 17) voted in favor of four key articles guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to marry.

China–United States relations

A former CIA officer, Kevin Patrick Mallory, is sentenced to 20 years in prison by a federal judge in Virginia for spying for China.

The sentencing brings to a close one of several high-profile cases involving Chinese attempts to recruit former American intelligence officers.

Canada–United States relations

The United States lifts tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico.

The Trump administration has reached a deal to lift tariffs on metal imports from Canada and Mexico, in a move that could make it easier to ratify the USMCA trade pact.