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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

Support for gay rights seen growing in Singapore

Singapore has seen “distinct shifts” in attitudes to gay rights in the last five years, with support for same-sex marriage rising, a survey released on Thursday showed. Nearly six in 10 of…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

LGBT in the Persian Gulf: Hiding is critical

In the Persian Gulf, LGBT persons in general hide their sexual orientation and non-conforming gender identity. Expressing them could put them at grave risk of violence and criminal prosecution, not only to…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

Are isolated LGBTI Japanese finally about to step out of the closet?

Tomoyuki Oishi is probably the only LGBTI person living in his small village in Nagano prefecture, Japan. ‘I like the village, but it feels very cramped’ the 36-year-old told Gay Star News.…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2019

Dance Film ‘Memories of My Body’ Takes a Battering From Conservatives in Indonesia

Muslim groups in Indonesia are calling for a ban on the film “Memories of My Body,” a drama from the country’s best-known art house director, Garin Nugroho. The groups say that the…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2019

Malaysian LGBT activist accuses authorities of intimidation

A leading Malaysian LGBT activist has accused the authorities of intimidation after a statement he read to the UN Human Rights Council led to him being questioned by police. Numan Afifi, an…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2019

You’re always told you can’t be queer and a politician. That needs to change says creator of Pink List.

There’s a rainbow wave sweeping the country this time with a record number of LGBT individuals in the poll fray. A young trio comprising Anish Gawande, a Columbia University graduate and director…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2019

South Africa to host Mr Gay World 2019 pageant after China pulled out

All roads will lead to Cape Town, South Africa for the 2019 edition of Mr Gay World pageant where 24 finalists will compete for this year’s crown. The last-minute hosting duties for…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2019

With spirits high, the LGBT community and supporters marks Tokyo’s 25th pride march

With rainbow flags flying high and colorful signboards vividly displayed under a clear blue sky, thousands of members of the LGBT community and their supporters took to the streets of Shibuya Ward…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2019

China’s resistance to gay relationships and surrogate births, seen through a filmmaker’s own family

Chinese documentarian Hao Wu’s latest film, All in My Family, focuses on Chinese family tradition, social expectations, gay relationships and children born using surrogacy through an extremely personal lens. The 40-minute film…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Saudi Arabia beheaded 5 men ‘proven’ to be gay under torture

Saudi Arabia recently beheaded 37 men in a mass execution. Most were suspected spies and terrorists allegedly working on behalf of Iran, but one of the men “allegedly admitted to having sex…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Bangladesh gives voting rights to hijra community

Bangladesh will allow parts of the transgender community to vote under their proper gender identity. Officials have introduced hijra as a third gender option on voting forms for the first time. “From…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Trans women march for their rights in conservative Indonesia

Adhe Jengker marched among 4,000 others at the Women’s March in Jakarta Saturday. A tall trans woman in her late 20s, Jengker carried a poster that said “The Future is Non-Binary.” She…

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