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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 09/04/2020

Family of transgender woman slain by U.S. Marine in Philippines contests killer’s early release

A U.S. Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Philippines will remain behind bars while a court considers an appeal against a decision to release him early, a senior government…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2020

App to fill gap on LGBT+ discrimination in Hong Kong

LGBT+ people in Hong Kong can log discrimination through a new mobile app backed by one of the city’s most prominent property heiresses, in a first for gay rights in the Chinese-ruled…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2020

For Right-wing LGBT Israelis, There Are Two Closets to Come Out Of

A week before Israel’s March election, 40-year-old chef Simon Barel decided it was finally time to come out. Again. Barel, who told his family and friends he was gay at age 12,…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2020

Queer swimmer Theresa Goh advocates for Singapore’s LGBTQ community

Theresa Goh became a legend in Singapore by winning gold at the 2006 Paralympic Championships. Now she’s pushing for LGBTQ visibility in her home country. A new profile in Lifestyle Asia spells…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2020

Bringing Diversity to China’s Workplaces, One Voice at a Time

As Anna remembers it, there were a dozen women standing outside the ladies’ room, barring one of her fellow tutors from going in. The reason? She looked like a boy. “They were…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2020

Sapporo and Osaka allow LGBT partners to get victim support money

SAPPORO – Sapporo and Osaka have made lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples in officially recognized partnerships eligible to receive support money if they are victims of crime, marking a rare move…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2020

Japan monk and makeup artist empowering sexual minorities, celebrating diversity’s beauty

A monk who also works as a makeup artist is celebrating their own sexual diversity and spreading the message in Japan that different is beautiful. Kodo Nishimura, a 31-year-old Jodo sect Buddhist…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2020

As China’s Schools Reopen, LGBT Families Feel Pride — and Prejudice

Before his son started school last year, Su Ge spent weeks researching kindergarten options in the eastern city of Nanjing. After much deliberation, he selected the most expensive one. He believed it…

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ADDED ON: 08/28/2020

Abruptly canceled, ShanghaiPRIDE could be harbinger for China’s civil society

Annual Pride celebrations are not common in cities across China, but the city of Shanghai is an exception, where Pride events have occurred for a dozen years. But now organizers say this…

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ADDED ON: 08/28/2020

Is ‘gay TikTok’ safe from Trump? LGBTQ users on edge over ban threat

Steven King, a popular content creator on the social media platform TikTok, said he stumbled across the video-sharing app by accident early last year. "I saw an advertisement for what I thought…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2020

Gay activist braves social curbs to help marginalized

Gay activist Hartoyo has had to overcome both physical and virtual curbs on his movement so that he may continue to feed the urban poor, persecuted members of the LGBT community as…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2020

Uproar as same-sex couples to be counted as ‘other relatives’ in Japan census

A national census, conducted once every five years, will be held this fall to collect information from all residents and households in Japan, but same-sex couples are effectively excluded from it. When…

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