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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 01/13/2019

Three reasons Thailand is winning on same-sex rights in Asia

Last month, the Thai government supported a bill that would make Thailand the first Asian jurisdiction to allow same-sex civil partnerships (“Thai government approves same-sex civil unions”, December 25). It is significant…

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ADDED ON: 01/13/2019

Indian army chief draws flak over ‘no gay sex’ remarks

India’s army chief drew flak on Friday for saying gay sex would not be tolerated among soldiers, months after the country scrapped a colonial-era ban on same-sex relations. General Bipin Rawat said…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2019

More people identify as LGBT as social awareness grows in Japan: study

At least one in eleven people identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a survey conducted by advertising giant Dentsu Inc., while more than two-thirds of respondents were familiar with…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2019

Regional authorities in China shut down two LGBTI organizations

Regional authorities in China shut down two LGBTI organizations on Tuesday (8 January). The Municipal Affairs Bureau in the southern metropolis Guangzhou labeled the Guangzhou University Rainbow Group and the Guangzhou Gender and Sexuality…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

Israeli Doctors Ban ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Gay People

A ban on conversion therapy by Israeli doctors will help protect gay people from treatments that claim to make them straight, but more work needs to be done with religious groups that…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

Human Rights Commission warns Depok’s policies produce potential for anti-LGBT discrimination

State-sanctioned discrimination in Indonesia against the LGBT community and individuals saw a sharp increase towards the end of last year as officials in a number of cities and regions — particularly parts…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

How stigma prevents Delhi’s gay men from getting tested for HIV

When the news broke that India’s Supreme Court had struck down a colonial-era law making gay sex illegal, the reaction in Delhi was jubilant, with public celebrations erupting across the capital. Fast forward four months and HIV/Aids charities are…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

Inspired by her daughter, this first-time author is shining a light on LGBT Muslim teen experiences

Four weeks before the release of her debut novel, author Sabina Khan tweeted she hadn't been sure anyone would read her story when she first began writing. "I wasn't sure if anyone would want…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2019

Pushed to Fringes of Indian Society, Delhi’s Trans Women Face Constant HIV Threat

Boby has lost track of the precise number of times she has been gang-raped. She thinks it is between eight and 10. “Every time it has been without condom,” she says. “Every…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2019

For LGBTI People in Lebanon, They Go Through Their Own Stonewall

It is reported that on the night of June 28, 1969, transgender revolutionary Sylvia Rivera, infuriated and exhausted with the way the queer community had been treated, took off her shoe and…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2019

Biggest Ever LGBTI Asian Contemporary Art Show Heading to Bangkok

A Hong Kong-based charity that uses art to fight sexual-orientation discrimination is taking the largest ever LGBT Asian contemporary art exhibition to Bangkok in November. “Spectrosynthesis II” is the expanded second edition…

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ADDED ON: 01/08/2019

Our lives, Our rights

Have you ever felt excluded from the society and from your own family? Have you ever been discriminated by your classmates based on your gender? If you haven’t, you’re fortunate. But at…

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