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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Taiwan set to get gay marriage despite Christian opposition

MAINLY Buddhist Taiwan, with a population of around 24 million, would have become the first country in Asia to legalise gay marriage following a 2017 ruling by the island’s Constitutional Court that…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2019

Foreign Minister denies saying gay sex ban is a ‘silly’ issue in Singapore

Singapore’s Foreign Minister has denied ever labelling a discussion around the country’s gay sex ban as ‘silly’. Queer man, YuZhou Lee attended a Singapore government forum in San Francisco at the weekend.…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2019

Multinationals see benefits in Taiwan same-sex marriage

Some of the world’s largest companies said on Wednesday that plans to grant equal marriage to LGBT+ couples in Taiwan - the first place in Asia to do so - would boost…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2019

Trans voters use correct identity in Indian general election for first time

Members of Delhi’s transgender and non-binary community have voted for the first time under their correct identity in India’s general election. The Indian election—which takes place from April 11 until May 19—is…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2019

ANTI-GAY KUWAITI ACADEMIC CLAIMS SUPPOSITORY “CURE” FOR HOMOSEXUALITY

A homophobic Kuwaiti academic claimed on Scope TV in March that she invented a cure for homosexuality based on Islamic medicine. “I discovered therapeutic suppositories that curb the sexual urges of boys…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2019

Exposed: How Malaysia fosters anti-LGBT bias, violence

In Malaysia, a wide range of government-sponsored programs spread misinformation about LGBT people, which leads to anti-gay discrimination and violence. After human rights defender Numan Afifi described those abuses to the U.N.…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2019

India opens health clinic run entirely for and by LGBT people

India has opened the doors to its first health clinic run entirely for and by LGBT+ people. The healthcare centre, located in Mumbai, employs LGBT+ receptionists, pharmacists, and counsellors to provide the…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2019

How a gay student’s suicide after being outed is helping Japan’s LGBT community speak up

The name of a gay student who died after being outed may remain known to only a small number of people – his immediate family, friends, classmates, and the university where he…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2019

Malaysian police investigate LGBT activist over UN speech

Malaysian Police are investigating LGBTI rights activist, Numan Afifi, after he reported on the LGBTI rights situation at a UN Human Rights Council session last month. Police asked Afifi to visit a…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2019

Soldier reveals how he faced the South Korean military’s gay witch hunt

A soldier has detailed what happened to him after he was caught up in South Korea’s hunt for gay people in the military. While same-sex activity is legal in the country, the…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2019

‘Dedicated LGBT cell need of the hour’: Priya Dutt

Extending support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Priya Dutt, the Congress candidate from Mumbai North Central constituency, on Sunday said she would push for formation of a dedicated…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2019

‘Stigma does not go away’: Mumbai’s dedicated LGBT health clinic

Vivek Sharma has travelled 20km from his home to the congested eastern suburb of Mumbai for his HIV treatment. But the journey is no hardship for the 23-year-old student. “My file was…

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