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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 09/12/2020

I’m a Muslim Iranian-American With a 9/11 Birthday. Here’s How I’ve Come to Terms With My Identity

My ninth birthday fell on a school day, a bright and clear-skied Tuesday in September. I expected my mom to bring cupcakes to school during lunch, a tradition I loved because for…

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ADDED ON: 09/11/2020

The Thai Protest Leader Emerged with a Kiss

It was with a kiss that student activist Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree first took centre stage in Thai politics. His embrace with his boyfriend at parliament as they campaigned for gay marriage rights last…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2020

Controversial ‘King & King’ storybook draws protests on both sides

Several civic groups gathered outside the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Wednesday in competing protests on the issue of a gay-themed children's book that the government has provided to schools as part…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2020

Council of churches says pardon on Pemberton an injustice to all Filipinos

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) said the granting of absolute pardon to US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is an “injustice” not only to Jennifer Laude and her family…

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Javaria Waseem – The Self-Assumed Artist, Pakistan

Javaria Waseem is a Pakistani filmmaker, photographer, and writer who uses art as a tool to raise awareness about gender inequality and anti-LGBTI discrimination. Her photos and illustrations, stamped with a signature…

ADDED ON: 09/08/2020

TikTok is suppressing LGBT content in Eastern Europe and the Middle East

Try searching for hashtags related to LGBT issues in countries like Russia, Bosnia, and Jordan on TikTok and you might find no results, even if you were able to see it on…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2020

Tokyo To Set Up Pride House To Highlight LGBTQ Rights Ahead Of Olympic Games

Ahead of the postponed Olympic Games in 2021, Tokyo will open Pride House, Japan's first permanent such centre, in October to raise awareness of LGBTQ rights before and during the Games. While…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2020

Japan’s anti-outing efforts falling short, LGBT advocates say

Advocates are calling for Japan to create national legislation to protect LGBT individuals from being outed, as the current piecemeal approach is failing to tackle the damaging form of discrimination and putting…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2020

Indonesia: Investigate Police Raid on ‘Gay Party’

The Indonesian government should urgently investigate a police raid on a private gathering of 56 men in Jakarta that highlights the threat to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2020

Vietnam Has a Thriving Drag Scene, But It Still Has Ways to Go in Advancing LGBTQ Rights

Lil’ Daddee struts onto the stage wearing a fake mustache and a boiler suit covered in grease stains. The performer picks up a large bicycle pump and carries out a suggestive routine…

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ADDED ON: 09/06/2020

Two years since Article 377 scrapped, LGBTQ community still battling prejudices

Rishabh Singh vividly remembers September 6, 2018, the day he says his life changed. Two years ago on this day, the Supreme Court had struck down the draconian Article 377 that criminalised…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2020

First openly transgender Tibetan and LGBT icon Tenzin Mariko on respecting yourself and walking with head held high

In her white sleeveless top, strappy silver sandals and long blue skirt, which is destined to be thrown off minutes into her set, dancer Tenzin Mariko stepped onto the stage tingling with…

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