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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 07/28/2019

Philippines congress to re-discuss same-sex civil partnerships

The Philippines is set to re-discuss allowing same-sex civil partnerships following a renewed push from Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez. Initial attempts stalled last year. The bill aims to allow people into an official…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2019

In Nepal, 1,500 citizens have changed official gender

At least 1,500 members of the LGBT community in Nepal have changed their gender on official documents. Following a historic court ruling in 2007, Nepal implemented one of the world’s most progressive…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2019

Election of gay lawmaker in Japan spurs hopes for same-sex marriage

Japan's first openly gay male lawmaker said on Tuesday he believed the country would legalize same-sex marriage, months after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow gay unions. Taiga Ishikawa,…

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ADDED ON: 07/25/2019

Taiwan school adopts gender-neutral uniform policy

Male and female students will be allowed to wear skirts at a school in Taiwan after it announced plans to drop gender-specific uniforms yesterday, a move LGBTQ campaigners said was a boost…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2019

Indonesian city pushing for anti-LGBT law

An Indonesian city of nearly two million people is planning an anti-LGBT law. The city council of Depok, not far from the capital Jakarta, is following other regions legislating against LGBT people…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2019

Japan elects first openly-gay politician to national parliament

Japan on Monday (22 July) elected its first openly-gay politician to the country’s national parliament. LGBTI rights activist turned lawmaker Taiga Ishikawa won a seat for the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2019

Two women who fought against LGBT laws in India just came out as a couple

Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju successfully challenged Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which punishes LGBTQ+ relations. The Supreme Court lawyers opposed the draconian laws which were introduced during the British…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2019

CONVERSION THERAPY BECOMES KEY TO ELECTIONS

When Bayit Yehudi leader Rafi Peretz apologized for speaking in favor of conversion therapy for the LGBT community, he might have thought he had put the issue to rest. But it is…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2019

Head of Islamic school for transwomen wins rights award

The leader of the al-Fatah pesantren (Islamic boarding school) for transwomen, 57-year-old Shinta Ratri, has received the Front Line Defenders Award in honor of her work as a human rights activist. Front…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2019

Outfest’s ‘Unsettled’ charts difficult journey of LGBT refugees

During the course of a 20-year career, the documentaries of Colorado-based filmmaker Tom Shepard have been screened at more than 150 film festivals throughout the world, with four of his feature projects—“Scout’s…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2019

India introduces new trans rights bill in parliament after backlash

India’s government on Friday presented a revised version of its transgender rights bill to parliament after criticism from the country’s vibrant transgender community, who said sections of an earlier version would violate…

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ADDED ON: 07/19/2019

CONVERSION THERAPY CAN KILL: RELIGIOUS LGBT COMMUNITY MEMBERS SPEAK OUT

A 20-year-old religious Zionist yeshiva student from Jerusalem, who asked to remain anonymous, said he wanted to cry when he heard Education Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz say last week that he recommends…

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