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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 01/26/2018

Myanmar: Transwomen Suffer Most Bias Among LGBT

Transgender women experience the most discrimination of all LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people in Myanmar, according to a report released by a non-government group on Tuesday. The two-page report, entitled “Baseline…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2018

For LGBT Rights, 2018 Will Be the Year of the Courts

After everything that LGBTI people experienced in 2017 — from roundups and torture in Chechnya to antigay witch hunts in Egypt and Indonesia, closure of queer-friendly health facilities in Tanzania, and a…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2018

LGBT People Viewed Negatively, but Accepted as Indonesian Citizens

The majority of Indonesian people still perceive the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community negatively, but many of them believe its members deserve to live in Indonesia, says a study released…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2018

Even More LGBTI Athletes Added to Olympics in South Korea

The U.S. Olympic team competing in South Korea this year will have more out LGBTI athletes than have ever represented the nation at a Winter Olympics, and that contingent now potentially includes…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2018

What Does Grindr’s Acquisition by a Chinese Company Mean for Users?

At the beginning of 2018, Grindr officially became a Chinese-owned app. The popular gay dating service, which boasts 3.3 million daily users, has been a mainstay on the romance scene for the…

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Indonesia’s Waria Heroine

Ibu Shinta, as she is known – Ibu is the Indonesian equivalent of ma'am, or lady – runs Al Fatah, an Islamic boarding school for Indonesian transgender women known as waria. At…

ADDED ON: 01/18/2018

Japanese Dictionary’s Definition of ‘LGBTI’ Draws Criticism for Inaccuracy on the ‘T’ Part

Following the release of its first edition in 1955, publisher Iwanami Shoten’s Kojien has become one of the most respected and widely used dictionaries in Japan. Since 1998, the tome has been on a 10-year update…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2018

India’s Biggest Queer Film Festival is Looking for People to Design its New Poster

The biggest LGBTI film festival in south Asia has launched an international competition for artists to design the 2018 festival poster. The KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is on the hunt…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2017

South Korea: Tension Mounts Over Upcoming Pro-LGBT Event at Haeundae Beach

The first LGBT festival to take place in Busan this weekend is hiking up tensions between pro- and anti-LGBT groups, according to Haeundae Police on Tuesday. The possibility of clashes between the…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2017

The Gay Chinese Farmer and His Cutting Edge Art

A gay Chinese farmer who found emotional release by depicting his suppressed erotic fantasies in traditional Chinese paper cuttings is part of an exhibition of gay Asian art in Taipei. The BBC’s…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2017

How Hinduism is Fighting Homophobia Abroad

Rama Ramanuja Achari, head of the Australian Council of Hindu clergy, recently wrote a blog supporting same-sex unions. His argument: Same-sex attraction is not a personal choice like “Should I have dal…

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