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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 05/15/2019

M’sia must not bow to international pressure on LGBT issues, says Anwar

Malaysia must not bow down to international pressure over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. He said although the country had to take into…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2019

Eight Men Charged With Murder Of LGBT Activists In Bangladesh

Eight men have been charged by police in Bangladesh for the 2016 murders of LGBT+ rights activists Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy. Mannan and Tonoy were brutally hacked to death in an…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2019

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

Taiwan's ruling party unveiled its latest attempt to create Asia's first gay marriage law on Thursday, May 9, a bill offering same-sex couples "permanent unions" as well as limited adoption rights, despite…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2019

Brunei LGBT community living in fear despite sultan’s death penalty reprieve

When the Sultan of Brunei last week announced a moratorium on the much-condemned death penalty for gay sex, some hailed the move as a major advance. But inside the tiny South-East Asian…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2019

LGBT rights backers, foes rally outside Legislative Yuan

More than 1,000 LGBT rights advocates and opponents yesterday demonstrated outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei ahead of a cross-caucus negotiation on bills related to same-sex marriage. At today’s cross-caucus negotiation, legislators…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2019

LGBT Partnership Systems Spread Across Japan

In the first five months of 2019 alone, the number of Japanese municipalities with a “partnership system” recognizing same-sex relationships has doubled. While Japan’s national government has been very passive when it…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2019

More than 80% of LGBT students in China report depression

Around 85% of LGBTQ students in China report struggling with depression, according to a survey. The poll, carried out by Beijing Normal University and analysed by Chinese news site Caixin Global, found…

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ADDED ON: 05/10/2019

Bold and timely’: New LGBT-friendly Cathay Pacific ad wins praise

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific rolled out a new promotional campaign this week – though one ad, in particular, stole the spotlight. Netizens have posted photos of a Cathay billboard showing two…

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ADDED ON: 05/08/2019

Hong Kong’s lesbian tycoon launches new bid for marriage equality

Renowned Hong Kong businesswoman, Gigi Chao, is leading a new bid for marriage equality in the city. Chao, along with lawyer Azan Marwah and other activists, will officially launch the group Hong…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Businesses encouraged to fly rainbow flag for LGBT equality

May 17 marks the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). In an open letter, the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business and Myanmar NGO Colours Rainbow are jointly urging companies in…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Rainbow flags confiscated at Singapore concert of openly gay singer Troye Sivan

Fans of the openly gay singer Troye Sivan were told not to wave rainbow flags during a concert in Singapore last Friday. LGBTQ rights activist Benjamin Xue attended the Singapore leg of…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Governments urged to keep pressure on Brunei after gay sex death penalty halt

Diplomatic pressure on Brunei should not be eased until anti-LGBT+ laws are completely repealed, human rights advocates said on Monday, dismissing the Southeast Asian country's move to extend a moratorium on the…

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