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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

Rights groups ask Defense Ministry to stop sales of phone hacking tool to Uganda

Human rights groups have reportedly asked the Defense Ministry to stop permitting an Israeli company to sell its phone hacking tool to Uganda, claiming it is used for rights abuses. Cellebrite has…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

OPINION: We need more South Asian queer stories and voices

Shivani Dave is a freelance journalist and broadcaster at Openly and Virgin Radio. Growing up I never thought Brown people could be LGBTQ+. That’s an absolutely ridiculous thought, but when I was younger,…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2022

Gay man recounts escape from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan

Imran Khan is a gay man from Afghanistan. An American soldier who texted him on Aug. 26, 2021, 11 days after the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan, told him to go to…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2022

Why Nayyab Ali puts her life on the line to protect trans Pakistanis

In the basement of a residential building in a developing part of Islamabad, a dozen or so transgender women are sitting in a circle on the floor. Not one of them is…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2022

Indian mothers explain how they ‘came out’ as proud parents to their LGBTQ+ kids

Four years after India repealed Section 377 – the British colonial era law used to criminalise LGBTQ+ people – being openly queer and Indian comes with its fair share of both glory and…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2022

Same-sex union bill filed in largely Catholic Philippines, put forward by former film star Senator Robin Padilla

A bill seeking to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions has been filed at the Philippine Senate, the first step toward legislating a proposal that has faced opposition in the…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2022

Taiwan blames politics for cancellation of global Pride event

Taiwan on Friday blamed "political considerations" for the cancellation of WorldPride 2025 Taiwan after it said the organisers had insisted the word "Taiwan" be removed. Taiwan participates in global organisations like the…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2022

Vietnam Takes Major Step Forward in Recognizing LGBTQ Rights

Vietnam last week took a major step forward in the recognition of LGBTQ rights, with the country’s Ministry of Health stating that being gay, bisexual, or transgender is not a disease and…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2022

Malaysian Government Says They Are “Fighting Back” Against LGBTQ Content In Disney Movies

Over the last few months, Disney employees and executives have publicly admitted to having a not-so-secret agenda to push gay and queer content in programs targeted at children. In the wake of…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2022

Global LGBT event cancelled after demand to remove Taiwan’s name

An international LGBT gathering in Taiwan was cancelled Friday after global organisers demanded the self-ruling island's name be removed from the 2025 event -- a move slammed by the government. Taiwan is claimed…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2022

Maldives police arrest four men and target dozens more over leaked gay sex videos

Police arrested a Bangladeshi sex worker on 12 July, who they claim filmed his encounters with men with intentions to blackmail them, according to Human Rights Watch. Police commissioner Mohamed Hameed said that…

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ADDED ON: 08/12/2022

U.S. Special Envoy Stern Set To Visit India & Nepal To Promote Human Rights Of LGBTQI+ Community

Jessica Stern, a special envoy of the US, will embark on a 8-day trip to India and Nepal in order to promote the human rights of the LGBTQI+ community. The visit beginning…

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