Asia

LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 03/04/2019

The Kimberley Queen who escaped persecution in Indonesia to find sanctuary in Broome

Escaping persecution as a gay man in Indonesia several years ago, the reigning Kimberley Queen has instead found a supportive community in the northern Western Australia town of Broome. Growing up in…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2019

South Korea rights body claims it does not ‘deny’ same-sex marriage

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Wednesday (27 February) claimed it did not ‘deny’ the rights of a same-sex couple to marry. But, it also rejected a petition filed by…

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ADDED ON: 03/02/2019

Taiwan seeks to become first Asia country with same-sex marriage

A bill that Taiwan’s Cabinet has introduced seeks to make the island the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, despite voters’ rejection of in a nationwide referendum last November. Taiwan…

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ADDED ON: 03/01/2019

This is what it’s like to be tortured in a Chechnya gay concentration camp

LGBTI people have been kidnapped, tortured and killed inside concentration camps in Chechnya. The ‘purge’ was first revealed in 2016. Hundreds of men and women are suffering or have suffered inside these…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2019

China to Release ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ with LGBTI Content Censored

According to the Hollywood Reporter, footage of Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) kissing other men will be removed from the film. Scenes depicting drug use will also be edited out of the film. Overall,…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2019

Homophobia and Rising Islamic Intolerance Push Indonesia’s Intersex Bissu Priests to the Brink

Once kingmakers in one of the most gender fluid societies on earth, the intersex bissu priests of Sulawesi — Indonesia's third-largest island — are on the verge of disappearing after years of…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2019

Colour & confidence: Marching with queer pride

Even as the Supreme Court struck down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in a landmark judgement in September last year, the queer community’s fight for acceptance and various rights continues.…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2019

Pakistan opens public school for transgender students

Pakistan has opened a public school exclusively for transgender pupils, believed to be one of the first of its kind in the country. Around 20 students will attend the school, which was…

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ADDED ON: 02/27/2019

How being an LGBT international student in Australia changed me

When Bijan Kardouni was 23, he went to the wedding of his secret lover. Bijan had met Sami* through the underground LGBT community in Iran, using a VPN blocker to contact him…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2019

Tel Aviv Games for gay athletes slated for late March

A singular experience can sometimes change your life path. One lone swimmer from Israel traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to compete in the 2014 Gay Games. He was part of a group of…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2019

Cabinet Unveils Draft Bill and Picks a Side in Taiwan’s Gay Marriage Fight

The administration of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has approved a draft bill which, if passed, will make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legally enact marriage equality for same-sex couples.…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2019

Homosexual man faces being DEPORTED from Britain for ‘not being gay enough’

Immigration chiefs believe Yew Fook Sam is lying about his sexuality because he does not have a boyfriend. He is a member of numerous gay associations, part of an LGBT church group…

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