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LGBTI Rights in Asia


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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ADDED ON: 12/31/2022

Israel names first gay speaker – but new government includes anti-LGBTQ+ ministers

The Israeli legislature has elected Amir Ohana as its first out gay speaker as a number of anti-LGBTQ+ politicians are made cabinet members. Ohana, a close ally of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu,…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2022

Indonesian soldiers jailed for having gay sex as anti-LGBTQ+ crackdown continues

Two Indonesian soldiers were kicked out of the army and have been sentenced to seven months in jail for having gay sex. Gay sex is currently legal for civilians in most of…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2022

Israeli doctors, health care workers reject Netanyahu allies’ anti-LGBTQ remarks

Israel’s largest medical center and health care workers from hospitals around the country have spoken out against remarks by allies of Benjamin Netanyahu calling for a law to allow discrimination against LGBTQ…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2022

‘We Were Verbally Abused’: How a Kerala Church’s LGBTQ-Themed Star Sparked Row

A church in Kerala's Ernakulam district is in the eye of a storm for spreading the message of 'one love' through an LGBTQIA+-themed decorative star that it had put up this Christmas.…

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