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LGBTI Rights in Asia


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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ADDED ON: 12/27/2022

Remote same-sex marriage breaks international boundaries

Same-sex couples in China are making their love official in the United States -- all from the comfort of their own homes. Yi Yang and Johny Ni have been together for about…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2022

Netanyahu rebukes far-right ally for anti-LGBTQ comments

JERUSALEM — Designated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a rare rebuke of his new coalition allies on Sunday for saying they would advance laws allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people, pledging there…

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ADDED ON: 12/25/2022

Netanyahu’s Far-right Allies: Doctors Could Refuse Treatment on Religious Grounds, Hotels Can Refuse LGBT Guests

Religious Zionism party lawmaker Orit Strock said on Sunday that a doctor shouldn't be forced to provide treatment that contradicts his religious beliefs, "as long as there are other doctors who can…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2022

A transgender resource centre now favourite stop for scholars, students in Tamil Nadu

The silence in the hall is broken by the ringtone of a mobile phone. The caller, who is a Ph.D. scholar from Coimbatore engaged in research on the transgender community, wanted to…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2022

Deputy FM says Avi Maoz’s anti-LGBT sentiment has only boosted support for community

Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll says that the anti-LGBT sentiments espoused by Noam party chief MK Avi Maoz have only boosted support for Israel’s LGBT community. “I want to thank MK Avi Maoz,…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2022

Two faces of Pakistan: The Transgender RIghts Act and its Muslim opponents

Transgender Pakistanis face the complex challenges of life in a homeland with both a strong conservative Muslim society and a groundbreaking transgender rights law. Pakistan, a conservative Muslim society, is trying hard…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2022

Gay couples in India ask Supreme Court to legalise same-sex marriage

Four gay couples have asked India's Supreme Court to recognise same-sex marriages, setting the stage for a legal face-off with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government which has in the past refused to…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2022

Maria B announces Khunsa Fund for intersex community

A few days after receiving criticism for her opinion on the film Joyland, renowned designer Maria B established the Khunsa Fund for the empowerment of the intersex population. Julie Khan is the…

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