Asia

LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 01/12/2023

Leader of influential Hindu group backs LGBT rights in India

The leader of a Hindu group that is the parent organisation of India's ruling party has come out in support of the gay and transgender community, days before the government is due to…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2023

Indonesia’s transgender community fears threat posed by new law

JAKARTA: Transgender Indonesian woman Chika Ananda Putrie wakes every morning in her decrepit rented room in a Jakarta slum, worried for her safety because of her gender identity. She saw some of…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2023

Bangladesh activists protest reported kidnap of 2 trans women by hijras

A group of about 10 hijras (traditional third-gender individuals) reportedly abducted and tortured two trans women last month in western Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi human rights organization JusticeMakers Bangladesh protested, expressing deep concern over the…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2023

UN expert to assess LGBT rights in Cambodia

An independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity from the United Nations will spend 10 days in Cambodia to evaluate LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights in Cambodia. Hailing from…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2023

Indonesia’s transgender community fears threat posed by new law

Transgender Indonesian woman Chika Ananda Putrie wakes every morning in her decrepit rented room in a Jakarta slum, worried for her safety because of her gender identity. She saw some of her…

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ADDED ON: 01/10/2023

Israel’s LGBTQ community reacts to new, right-wing government

Israel has made a name for itself as the most gay-friendly country in the Middle East - but the new government has members of the community worrying. Israel’s new Knesset (parliament) Speaker…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2023

Over 2,000 join LGBTQ march in New Delhi after COVID break

NEW DELHI -- More than 2,000 members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters returned to New Delhi streets on Sunday after a three-year break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to press…

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ADDED ON: 01/07/2023

Indian gay couples fight for same-sex marriage rights at Supreme Court

Four gay couples asked India’s Supreme Court on Friday to legally recognise same-sex marriages, in a sign of shifting values and a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which has opposed…

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ADDED ON: 01/04/2023

Jokowi’s son-in-law blasted for saying Indonesia’s Medan is ‘anti-LGBT’

The mayor of Medan has attracted criticism for describing the Indonesian city as “LGBT-free” and spewing a homophobic diatribe at men who spent New Year’s Eve cosying up to each other. Bobby…

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ADDED ON: 01/02/2023

Sanjana Tiwari, dost tumhari: Transwoman who works to uplift lives of others like her

Sanjana Tiwari, who was forced into the sex trade because of poverty, is now an autorickshaw driver and economically independent. As a volunteer activist, she is now educating trans people about AIDS…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2023

India’s national capital, Delhi, elects first trans city councilperson

The Indian Supreme Court in 2014 issued a landmark ruling that recognized transgender people as a third gender, and not as a medical or social issue but a human rights issue. This…

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ADDED ON: 12/31/2022

Did LGBTQ rights campaigns in Qatar help or hinder?

Protests by Western activists at the FIFA World Cup may have backfired and sparked a backlash against gay. lesbian and queer communities in Qatar, critics say. Early in December, the US fast…

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