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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 07/20/2020

Iranian aide who shared cartoon of same-sex parents faces prison for ‘homosexual propaganda’

The former aide for women’s and family affairs in Iran has been charged with “spreading moral corruption” in the form of a cartoon depicting loving LGBT+ families. The Iranian news outlet Rah-e…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2020

Tamil LGBTQ voices face even greater risk in Sri Lanka

As the Sri Lankan state continues to ramp up its militarisation of the North-East, an already marginalised community has now found itself under greater threat. The Tamil LGBTQ community, which has long…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2020

Hong Kong’s transgender community faces workplace discrimination, leading LGBT campaigner to launch company guidance scheme

When Liam Mak Wai-hon began a part-time bartending job at a steakhouse in Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan earlier this year, he did not sense anything amiss at work. Mak, born a female,…

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ADDED ON: 07/19/2020

Pakistan court orders ‘gender test’ of trans man accused of illegal ‘same-sex’ marriage to woman

A court in Pakistan has ordered the formation of a medical board to do a ‘gender test’ on a trans man who is accused of changing his gender to marry a woman.…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2020

How Grandkids Are Changing China’s LGBT Family Dynamics

Clutching a photograph of his son, Michael boarded a flight from Shanghai to Beijing for a tough conversation. After dinner with his parents, he solemnly called a meeting and admitted to a…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2020

Tahini: The food at the center of an Arab gay rights battle

When Julia Zaher, the owner of a company that makes some of the most popular tahini in Israel, made a donation to an Israeli gay rights group recently, she saw it as…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2020

Can Douyin, China’s Version of TikTok, Help China’s LGBT Community?

The Beijing LGBT Center recently opened an account on Douyin, the domestic version of TikTok, attracting over 2,400 followers and featuring short videos that address misconceptions about the LGBTQ+ community. Center staff…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2020

From victim to protector: Pakistan’s first trans cop fights for justice

After enduring death threats, transphobic slurs and sexual harassment at college, Pakistan’s first trans police officer Reem Sharif now shields other trans people from abuse. In her first two months as a…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2020

Taiwan parade celebrates LGBT Pride, island’s virus…

The Taiwanese capital held its annual LGBT Pride parade on Sunday, making it one of the few places in the world to proceed with such an event in the face of the…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2020

Thailand Is Taking Steps to Recognize Same-Sex Couples. But What About the Rest of Southeast Asia?

A year ago, Taiwan made history by becoming the first Asian country to permit same-sex marriage in a region where any form of legal recognition for same-sex partnerships—let alone marriage—remains stubbornly elusive.…

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ADDED ON: 07/09/2020

Gay rights: the taboo subject in Singapore’s election

Among a record eleven parties set to contest Singapore’s election on Friday, there has been virtual silence on one of the conservative city-state’s most controversial issues, gay rights. Advocacy groups have stepped…

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ADDED ON: 07/09/2020

Thai cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions

Thailand’s cabinet approved a civil partnership bill on Wednesday that would recognise same-sex unions with almost the same legal rights as married couples, in one of the most liberal moves yet for…

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