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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 05/20/2019

‘Found my soulmate’: Sprinter becomes India’s first openly gay athlete

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has revealed she is in a same-sex relationship, becoming the first openly gay athlete in the socially conservative country, according to an interview published on Sunday. Chand, 23,…

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ADDED ON: 05/19/2019

Thailand still lags in LGBT issues

In what appears to be a historic move on LBGT rights, Taiwan has legalised same-sex marriage, with the law sailing through parliament by 66 to 27 votes. Thailand has earned recognition for…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

Violent mob attacks Indian priest because they think he is gay

Disturbing footage has emerged of an Indian holy man being attacked and beaten in the street by an angry mob because they believed he was gay. In an upsetting clip carried by…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

Indonesian cop allegedly discharged for being gay challenging dismissal in court

An Indonesian police officer was allegedly fired from the force over his sexual orientation in what is shaping up to be the latest high profile case of state-sanctioned discrimination against the protected…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

Pride and gay sex illegal: Beirut, Lebanon fights back with LGBTI flags

A Pride parade in Beirut, Lebanon, has never happened. Police, for the past two years, has banned the event for fear of offending ‘public morality’. But for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

South Korea court suspends anti-LGBT penalties against ‘gay pride’ students

A South Korean court has suspended taking "disciplinary action" against a group of local graduate students who were targeted for wearing gay pride-themed attire during a church service in May 2018. Seoul…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in historic first for Asia

Lawmakers in Taiwan have approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation. The vote came almost…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

Gay pop star from Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, shares coming out story

I remember when I was a kid, I’d hear people calling gays ‘ah gua’ in Singapore. It’s an equivalence of the word faggot or broken wrist. There was a lot of stigma…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

What Taiwan’s slow march towards legalising gay marriage means for LGBT rights in Asia

To many outside the LGBT community, the May 2017 ruling of the Taiwan Constitutional Court legalising same-sex marriage settled the question. However, outside the public consciousness, there has been a continuous struggle…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

Diversity day: Advancing LGBT equality in Myanmar workplace

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT), on May 17, has been marked worldwide to celebrate sexual and gender diversity. The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) and Yangon-based NGO…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2019

Fewer rainbows, less social media for China’s LGBT community

China's LGBT community has had a tough year: Censors have shut down social media forums, news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed rainbow-themed products. The tighter…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2019

Thailand’s LGBT lawmakers bust gender dress code on first day in parliament

Thailand’s new LGBTI politicians busted parliament’s gender-based dress code on their first day in office. Parliamentarians representing the New Power Party dressed in T-shirts and colorful clothing on Wednesday (15 May), contravening…

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