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ADDED ON: 07/09/2020

Gay rights: the taboo subject in Singapore’s election

Among a record eleven parties set to contest Singapore’s election on Friday, there has been virtual silence on one of the conservative city-state’s most controversial issues, gay rights. Advocacy groups have stepped…

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ADDED ON: 07/09/2020

Thai cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions

Thailand’s cabinet approved a civil partnership bill on Wednesday that would recognise same-sex unions with almost the same legal rights as married couples, in one of the most liberal moves yet for…

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ADDED ON: 07/08/2020

Meet Malaysia’s LGBTQ punk rockers

Singing and playing guitar with her garage punk band TingTongKetz, trans musician Shika Corona is a striking mak nyah -- Malay slang for a trans woman. Tall and charismatic, she and her…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2020

Woman mocked on Twitter for asking Malaysians to boycott Ikea for selling Pride Month bags in the US

A Malaysian’s vow to boycott furniture brand Ikea for selling Pride Month rainbow bags in its United States store has been met with criticism and ridicule. Last weekend, a woman known as…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2020

‘Difficulties’ surrounding Indonesia sexual violence eradication bill

On Thursday, the House of Representatives’ Legislation Body (Baleg) officially dropped the long-sought after sexual violence eradication bill from this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list, along with 15 other bills…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2020

National Human Rights Commission recommends that Nepal legalise same-sex marriage

The National Human Rights Commission has said that it is unfortunate that same-sex marriage has not been legalised in the country even though it has been five years since an expert committee…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2020

Vietnam’s ‘first trans dad’ shows LGBT+ openness and challenges

When Dao Minh Khang halted his hormone therapy last year, little did he know he would quickly get pregnant and become Vietnam’s first transgender father. Khang’s pregnancy and the birth of his…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2020

Iraqi news media ‘promoting hate speech’ against LGBT people

Iraqi media outlets have become key promoters of "hate speech" against LGBT people, according to a new report by Iraqi LGBT rights organisation IraQueer published on Tuesday. The report, titled "BIASED: Iraqi…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2020

China’s LGBT couples ‘wed’ online as gay marriage push stalls

Engaged for over three years, Guo and Zhu are fed up waiting for Chinese lawmakers to approve same-sex marriage -- instead, they have turned online to gain recognition for their relationship. Despite…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2020

Philippines Police Crack Down on LGBT Protest

On June 26, police in Manila arrested at least 20 people at an LGBT Pride event protesting an anti-terrorism bill that threatens rule of law in the Philippines. The police did not…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2020

Fighting for the right to recognize same-sex marriage in Japan

Ikuo Sato knows he will be in trouble if he becomes infected with COVID-19. “I’m over 60, I’ve got diabetes, I’m HIV-positive and I’m on artificial dialysis,” says the 61-year-old, who works…

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ADDED ON: 06/28/2020

Vietnam lotto shows just the ticket for marginalised LGBT community

Each night that Nha Vy steps proudly on stage in her traditional Vietnamese ao dai, or sometimes mini dress and heels, memories grow fainter of the taunts she endured as a transgender…

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