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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 02/24/2021

Homophobia soared in Israel amid coronavirus lockdowns

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Homophobia and transphobia surged by 27% in Israel during the COVID-19 pandemic, as lockdowns trapped gay and transgender people at home with abusive families, one of the…

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ADDED ON: 02/23/2021

Netanyahu, long a supporter of LGBTQ rights, courts homophobes and racists in bid to cling to power

Tel Aviv, Israel (CNN)On the smorgasbord of Israeli politics there's a democratic advantage in offering something for everyone. But when elections here are finely balanced, voters are finding they may have to…

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ADDED ON: 02/23/2021

What Seoul mayor candidates have to say on LGBTQ festival

The issue of LGBTQ rights has come to the fore again in South Korea’s political circles, sparked by the recent remarks from one of the leading candidates to be Seoul mayor. The…

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ADDED ON: 02/22/2021

Indonesia’s Controversial Conversion Therapy

Just last month, Kristen Antoinette Gray, an American tourist, and her girlfriend were deported from the Indonesian resort island of Bali after her tweet that celebrated the island as a low-cost and…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2021

Abuse and hate speech against LGBTI people rises across Europe and Central Asia

There has been a “stark rise” in abuse and hate speech against LGBTI people in the Europe and Central Asia region, including from politicians, says a new report from the International Lesbian,…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2021

Conversion therapy survivors sent horrifying messages offering to ‘help make them normal’

LGBT+ activists in Indonesia have reportedly been harassed by an Instagram account offering conversion therapy for “individuals who are confused about their sexual identity”. The account, which which was set to private…

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ADDED ON: 02/21/2021

Yokkao Founder Philip Villa Supports Transgender Fighter Nong Rose in Fight for Inclusivity

Thai trans woman Muay Thai fighter, Nong Rose Baan Charoensuk is on a mission to strive for transgender rights in Thailand and around the world. She now has the popular Muay Thai…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2021

Why Jammu’s transgender community hit the streets in protest

Several groups of the community came together at Bikram Chowk on January 21, 2021 to take out a nude protest. Four transgender persons were allegedly abudcted and forcefuly castrated by rival groups…

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ADDED ON: 02/20/2021

Myanmar LGBTQ protesters take to streets against military coup

A group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) protesters rallied on Yangon's streets against the military coup and ousting of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday (February 19).

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2021

UN Expert Raises Alarm Over Reports Of LGBT Child ‘Torture’ In Iran

The UN’s special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran has expressed concern over reports that the country has subjected lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children to “torture and…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2021

Plight of marginalised : Trans community gets vocational training

For transgender person, Bali Jetty, learning the art of embroidery brought gradual respite from the banality of the stereotypical roles. Unfortunately, the transcendence proved to be short-lived as the work came to…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2021

How to come out when ‘gay’ isn’t in your language? LGBT website provides translation resources for sexual minorities in Asia

When 13-year-old Tien wants to tell his mother he’s gay, he goes to the library. But he quickly realises there aren’t any appropriate words for homosexuality in Vietnamese. He eventually finds a…

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