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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 07/30/2020

‘I wish they killed you’: trauma of Syrian LGBT+ rape survivors

Stigmatised gay, bisexual and transgender Syrian refugees who survived sexual violence in war are struggling to get medical or mental health care, human rights groups said on Wednesday. More than 40 LGBT+…

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ADDED ON: 07/30/2020

Thai students rally over gender rights, uniforms and haircut rules

Dozens of students rallied in Thailand on Wednesday to demand from the government greater gender rights and an end to what they called outdated curriculum and discriminatory rules on uniforms and haircuts.…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2020

Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Blogger Convicted for Supporting LGBT Rights

A Saudi court sentenced a Yemeni blogger to jail and then deportation to Yemen for a social media post supporting equal rights for all in Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch said today.…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2020

On Screen, Normalizing Queer Love in the Philippines

Known primarily for his poetry and acting, Juan Miguel Severo announced his latest show this month, produced by Globe Studios, about same-sex love between two adolescent boys. “Gaya sa Pelikula” or “Just…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2020

Malaysia: Ignore criticisms by LGBT activists, says PAS MP

A PAS MP today said most of the criticisms levelled against the government’s policies on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community were “biased” and urged the government not to entertain…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2020

Why the struggle for same-sex marriage in China will continue, despite civil code setback

The Chinese government has rejected the LGBT community’s demand for the legalisation of same-sex marriage when the country’s parliament adopted China’s first civil code in May. This is a new and clear…

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ADDED ON: 07/26/2020

Thai LGBT activists raise pride flag in anti-government rally

Hundreds of Thai LGBT activists and allies raised rainbow flags on Saturday evening as they called for democracy and equal rights, the latest in a series of youth protests calling for the…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2020

Israeli diplomats buy 600 pounds of tahini to help Arab firm hit by LGBT boycott

The Arab-Israeli owner of a popular tahini brand facing a boycott for donating to an Israeli LGBTQ rights group has some friends in the Israeli diplomatic community. Dozens of Israeli diplomats in…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2020

Japan: Pass Equality Act Before Olympics

Japan’s government should pass the Equality Act ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Human Rights Watch, Athlete Ally, and Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation (J-ALL) said today. The groups will…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2020

LGBT pride flag influenced by Satan? Artiste Joanna Theng receives backlash

Sharing hot takes on the internet is not always rainbows and butterflies, as one local artiste found out after her opinions on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community were not…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2020

Israel: Bill banning gay conversion therapy up for vote, could spark coalition crisis

A bill outlawing controversial “gay conversion therapy” threatened to generate yet another coalition crisis, as Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party was expected to support the proposal despite the objections of Prime…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2020

Singapore broadcaster slammed for gay character’s portrayal in drama series

Singapore’s national free-to-air broadcaster, MediaCorp, has come under fire after portraying a gay character in a manner that some have called “extremely harmful” to the LGBT community. In April, MediaCorp’s Channel 8…

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