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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 03/13/2019

Where does Malaysia stand on gay rights?

An outburst by a Malaysian minister who criticised a feminist rally attended by gay rights campaigners is the latest sign the government is reneging on pre-election vows to improve the country’s dismal…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2019

American Transgender ‘Woman’ Named ‘Miss International Queen’

American contestant Jazell Barbie Royale was crowned “Miss International Queen” in Thailand on Friday at a beauty pageant for transgender women, becoming the first person of colour to win the competition since…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2019

In Muslim Malaysia, Uproar Over LGBT Groups at Women’s Day March

A Malaysian minister has decried the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups at a march celebrating International Women's Day on Saturday, calling it "a misuse of democratic space". The…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2019

Rabbi Sadan: Silencing LGBT debate endangers democracy

Rabbi Eli Sadan, the head of the pre-military preparatory committee, compared the silence surrounding the Muslim immigration process imposed on the public in Europe to the public debate on LGBT rights in…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2019

‘I’m ready,’ says first transgender candidate for Thai PM

Pauline Ngarmpring thought she would take it slow as she began her new life as a transgender woman after transitioning at the age of 49. Instead, three years on, she is a…

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ADDED ON: 03/09/2019

Mashrou’ Leila: the Lebanese indie band championing Arab gay rights

Mashrou’ Leila are giants in Lebanon. Walking through Beirut with the band on a warm afternoon, it feels like everyone is staring. We squeeze into a retro diner in the city’s bustling…

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ADDED ON: 03/09/2019

LGBT in India: What it’s like six months after gay sex was decriminalised

Up until six months ago, 20-year-old Tish felt like a criminal. He faced long-term prison time in India because he was an out and proud gay man, but then his life changed.…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2019

Tourism Minister reportedly tells German press there’s no gays in Malaysia

German news agency Deutsche Welle is reporting that our Tourism minister, Mohammaddin bin Ketapi told a room full of journalists (so, essentially, planet Earth) that Malaysia does not have “anything like” LGBTQ+…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2019

China urged to take action on LGBT+ rights after backing U.N. changes

China's acceptance of the U.N. Human Rights Council's recommendations on LGBT+ rights is a "milestone", gay rights groups said on Thursday, urging Beijing to work with activists to tackle inequality. China this…

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ADDED ON: 03/07/2019

A Literature Festival in Lucknow by the LGBTQIA Community

Despite the low turnout at the Awadh Queer Literature festival, the organisers' enthusiasm was on an all-time high. In a first, such a festival was organised in Lucknow recently at Baudh Santhan…

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ADDED ON: 03/05/2019

Runners support LGBT rights at Tokyo Rainbow Marathon

Hundreds of people joined a charity run to promote awareness about diverse sexuality and to support sexual minorities under a bright blue sky in Tokyo on March 2. The first Tokyo Rainbow…

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ADDED ON: 03/04/2019

Chiang Mai, Thailand celebrates its first LGBT Pride in a decade

On 21 February 2019, Chiang Mai celebrated its first LGBT Pride festival since 2009, after the city’s last Pride Parade was cancelled due to harassment from counter-protestors. On 21 February 2009, what…

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