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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 10/10/2020

Thailand: Kingdom still divided over LGBT rights

The passage of pro-rights bills pertaining to civil partnerships of same-sex couples has promoted greater rights for those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) community in Thailand, but some LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2020

Tokyo politician under fire after blaming LGBT community for falling birth rate

A local politician of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has come under fire for claiming last month that his north Tokyo ward would "cease to exist" if the rights of sexual minorities…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2020

Anti-discrimination ordinance passes final reading in Zamboanga City; awaits mayor’s signature

The rainbow rises in Zamboanga City. The 1st class highly urbanized city in the Zamboanga Peninsula of the Philippines, Zamboanga, joins the growing number of local government units (LGUs) that now has…

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ADDED ON: 10/06/2020

Sharad Pawar’s NCP Forms LGBT Cell, Becomes First Political Party in India to Take Such a Step

Mumbai: In a welcome move, the NCP on Monday set up its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cell and claimed it is the first political party in the country to take…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2020

‘I don’t want to lie’: Gay pioneer stands in Myanmar election

Outraged over ongoing discrimination in Myanmar, Myo Min Tun decided to stand as the first openly gay election candidate in a country where same-sex relations are illegal. His decision to enter the…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2020

This South Korean Pastor ‘Blessed’ a Queer Festival. He’s Now Being Investigated.

These days, Pastor Lee Dong-whan of the Glory Jeil Church doesn’t prepare for Sunday sermons or report to work at his church in Suwon, South Korea. Instead, he goes up an hour…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2020

When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases

Politicians deepen existing divides when they use inflammatory language, such as hate speech, and this makes their societies more likely to experience political violence and terrorism. That’s the conclusion from a study…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2020

The Respectable Indian Queer Unmasked

In 2018 the Supreme Court decriminalised consensual same-sex relations between two adults in Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India. The judgement was deemed pathbreaking and celebrated as a historic milestone for…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2020

LGBT+ marriage: To secure equality in civil rights, family law must also be reformed

The recent comments of the Solicitor General about the unacceptability of marriage-equality in Indian culture in court proceedings challenging Hindu marriage law attracted great controversy. Unfortunately, the comments distract from the substance…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2020

2020 LGBT Pride parade in Taipei to celebrate self-identity

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) The theme of this year's LGBT Pride parade in Taipei, one of the largest in East Asia, will be "Beauty, My Own Way" to celebrate people being true…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2020

Gender equality in Japan gets a push from young activists

Ayano Sakurai believes that the Japanese government’s policy on gender equality needs more feedback from people of her generation who face wide-ranging gender-related challenges in their daily lives. Sakurai, 25, saw an…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2020

Lead on recognising same-sex unions in Hong Kong must start with government not courts, lawyers and activists say

Lawyers and activists have urged the government to take the lead in drawing up a legal framework for the recognition of same-sex relationships in Hong Kong rather than leaving decisions to the…

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