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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

In the First Election In Nine Years, Lebanese LGBTI Rights Are Being Addressed

For the first time, Lebanon political officials are addressing—and fighting for—LGBT rights in the country. As CNN writes, elections are being held for the first time in nine years to determine Lebanon’s…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

Thailand: LGBT Vote Push Will Pay Off at Polls

The coup-led government of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is looking to tap into yet another source of valuable votes after announcing plans to enact a law allowing same-sex civil partnerships by the end…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2018

Japan’s Largest LGBT Parade Held in Tokyo

Sexual minorities and their supporters have paraded in central Tokyo to promote equality and greater awareness of LGBT issues. The participants in Sunday's event in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts included lesbian,…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Same-sex Marriage a Must for Nation Famed for Tolerance

The fight for same-sex marriage remains an uphill battle in Thailand, a country known for its tolerance of people of different sexual orientations, despite a draft bill being pushed for the cause,…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Explain Stand on Gay Sex: India’s Top Court Issues Notice to Government

India’s government must explain its stand on consensual sexual relations between same sex adults, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday, setting a July deadline for a response. The court had heard petitions…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2018

Singaporeans Sign Petition to Lower Rating for Gay Romance

“Love, Simon”, a Hollywood romantic comedy-drama about a gay 17-year-old boy, has been rated R21 here. In its film classification online, the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) noted that the…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines

Angel Cabaluna dusted makeup onto her thighs, styled her hair in loose curls and applied smoky eye shadow that glittered on her lids. As this hamlet of cornfields and concrete houses prepared…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2018

How Queer Film Collective Thrives Under the Radar in Shanghai, and Its Soft Power

Public awareness of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in China is higher than ever thanks to an abortive attempt this month by Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, to bar…

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ADDED ON: 04/28/2018

Thailand Expected to Introduce Same-Sex Civil Partnerships

Thailand could become the first country in South East Asia to legalise civil partnerships, with the introduction of a landmark bill that could give same-sex couples the same legal rights as married…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2018

Malaysia: Candidates Should Focus on Human Rights Issues

Candidates campaigning for the 14th General Election (GE14) should consider human rights issues as among their main priority and commit to repeal or amends laws that are used to particularly curb the…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2018

Indonesia: MUI Member Deems People Too Permissive Toward LGBTI

West Sumatra’s Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deemed that the rampant spread of LGBTI is caused by society’s permissive behavior. “People tend to be apathetic when they witness this phenomenon as long as the perpetrator…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2018

Executive Director of Lalit Hotels Moves Supreme Court to Nix Anti-gay Law

More and more celebrities are rushing to the Supreme Court to get section 377 of Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexual sex, scrapped. Keshav Suri, executive director of Lalit Hotels, is the…

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