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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 12/04/2022

377A repeal: Singapore turns page on dark LGBT history

Standing in Singapore's tranquil Esplanade Park, Russell Heng pointed to the spot where he was once caught by the police - just for being gay. It looks like any other tree-lined corner…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2022

Influential Iraqi cleric launches anti-LGBTQ campaign

An influential Iraqi cleric who announced his withdrawal from politics four months ago has broken a period of relative silence to launch an anti-LGBTQ campaign. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr posted a statement…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2022

Inside The Secret Gay Neighborhood In Tehran, Iran Where People Are Risking Their Lives For Their Expression

Historically, Iran has not been a safe place for cisgender women and LGBTQIA+ individuals. But homosexuality has not always been a crime in Iran. Some folks might question the necessity for a…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2022

Japanese girl publishes children’s book to make LGBTI community visible

Ui, a 12-year-old Japanese girl, discovered the existence of transgender people while watching a program on public television. Unable to find any children’s books on the subject, she decided to tackle the…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2022

This man fled Qatar in fear of persecution because he’s gay. Now he’s pushing back

Having been referred to as Qatar's first person to come out publicly as gay, Dr. Nasser Mohamed thought having the World Cup on his home soil was the perfect opportunity to shed…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2022

Japan court upholds ban on same-sex marriage but offers hope

A court in Japan’s capital has upheld a ban on same-sex marriage but said a lack of legal protection for same-sex families violated their human rights. Japan is the only G7 nation…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2022

Rainbow flag-waving protester invades World Cup pitch

A man ran onto the pitch during Monday's World Cup group-stage match between Portugal and Uruguay, holding up a rainbow flag to protest Qatar's anti-LGBT laws. The activist, whose blue Superman T-shirt…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2022

Singapore’s parliament strikes down ban on gay sex

SINGAPORE -- Singapore's parliament on Tuesday voted to repeal a controversial law that criminalized consensual sex between men, in a landmark victory for the city-state's LGBTQ community. At the same time, however,…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2022

LGBTQ Arabs Fear Backlash After World Cup ‘Spotlight’

With rainbow flags and "OneLove" armbands, World Cup fans have protested against host Qatar's anti-LGBTQ policies, but many queer Arabs fear a Western solidarity push could do more harm than good. Gestures…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2022

Singapore repeals gay sex ban but limits prospect of legalizing same-sex marriage

Singapore’s parliament on Tuesday decriminalized sex between men, but, in a blow to the LGBT community, also amended the constitution to prevent court challenges that in other countries have led to the…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2022

South Korea’s LGBTQ community confronts crushing headwinds in fight for equality

Lesvos rolls out of bed each morning before the sunrise, heads to work, then punches her time card at exactly 6 a.m. By day, she’s a chef at a traditional Korean restaurant…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2022

London transport network blocks Qatar ads over LGBTQ laws

LONDON: London's transport system is not allowing advertising that "portrays Qatar as a desirable destination" or encourages people to attend the World Cup, under a 2019 policy response to LGBTQ laws there. The…

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