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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 06/24/2018

Being Lesbian in India

June is the month of Gay Pride parades and celebrations. It’s also the month when two women killed themselves in Gujarat because society wouldn’t let them be together. Sunday Times finds out…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2018

ISIS Is Beaten. But Iraq Is Still Hell for LGBT+ People.

Family threats, militia murders, persecution, and fear: The first ever study of its kind by advocacy group IraQueer reveals a heart-wrenching portrait of LGBT life in Iraq. Omar is a 28-year-old gay…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

This Matchmaker is Helping India’s LGBT Community Find Love

Matchmakers — both official and not —- have long been a part of South Asian life. But Urvi Shah is perhaps the only one that specializes in fixing up members of India’s LGBT community.…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

Bullying of LGBT Youth Still Pervasive in Thai Schools

As an openly gay man, Kangwan Fongkaew experienced a range of abuse as a child; from being called names, to being pushed around and even forced to play football by his teachers…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2018

School Uniforms go Unisex as Japanese Schools Seek Better fit for LGBTI Students

An emerging number of Japanese schools are introducing unisex uniforms or flexible uniform codes in an effort to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. School officials hope the move will ease…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

Top Philippine court hears landmark gay marriage case

Two same-sex couples denied licences to wed urged the Supreme Court to strike down a 1987 law that states marriage must be between a man and a woman. “When the right to…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2018

Japanese Firms Solidify LGBT Policy

Japanese companies are increasingly integrating gender diversity policies into their central business strategies, to keep up with the global trend of harnessing the skills and purchasing power of lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2018

96% of LGBTI Iraqis Face Physical or Verbal Violence

A new report, released by the group IraQueer, has revealed the state of LGBT rights in Iraq. It found 96% of LGBT Iraqis have faced physical or verbal violence because of their sexuality or…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2018

Philippine Lawyer Finds Unlikely Ally in Duterte in Fight to Legalise Gay Marriage

In the Philippines, where Catholicism is dominant and divorce is still illegal, a young atheist, openly gay lawyer is leading a historic fight for same-sex marriage. Jesus Falcis, 31, will face the…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2018

India: A Basic Human Rights Issue

Although discrimination against transgenders is prevalent in India, the scene is slowly evolving as government is recognising them and providing them with identification documents. The word “transgender” is an umbrella term used…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

The L.G.B.T. Refugees in Turkey Who Refuse to Be Forgotten

When you are a refugee, you learn all about the hierarchy of compassion. There are the people from war-torn countries—refugees from humanitarian catastrophes so enormous that they upend the world’s imagination, such…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2018

China’s Transgenders ‘step forward’ from the Shadows

Lan spent years trapped between two identities: the male gender assigned to her at birth and the woman she was inside — a living “torture” in a China not yet ready to…

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