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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 10/16/2022

In Indonesia, ‘LGBT’ label is linked to criminal guilt amid ‘societal homophobia’

When Indonesian actor Rizky Billar’s spouse reported him to the police last month for alleged domestic abuse, social media users buzzed with chatter about him being a “wife-beater”. But as the scandal…

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ADDED ON: 10/16/2022

Suspect arrested in gay Palestinian’s brutal killing

Palestinian police arrested a suspect in the brutal killing of a gay Palestinian activist last week, as fear continues to grip LGBTQ Palestinians in Israel. Police spokesman Colonel Loay Irzekat announced October…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2022

‘Habibi, The Revolutions of Love’: Being Queer in the Arab World exposition

Are we really free to be, to love and to show who we are without danger? No matter where you are in the world, it is often difficult to answer yes. And…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2022

Tokyo Opens Same-Sex Partnership System for Applications

A system to register same-sex partnerships opened for applications in Tokyo on Tuesday, in a symbolic step forward for a country that has fallen behind its peers on embracing diversity. The system…

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ADDED ON: 10/10/2022

Human rights campaigner fears ‘gay-bashing’ attacks by locals at Qatar World Cup

LGBTQ+ visitors to Qatar for the World Cup could be left open to “gay-bashing” attacks from locals with the security forces lacking the resources to protect them, a Qatari human rights campaigner has said. Concerns have…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2022

Russia fines TikTok for ‘LGBT propaganda’, Twitch over Ukraine content

Russia on Tuesday fined TikTok for failing to delete content that violates Russian laws on 'LGBT propaganda' and streaming service Twitch for hosting a video interview with a Ukrainian political figure that…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2022

Chinese LGBTQ-plus couples are getting married virtually through weddings hosted in Utah

Chinese LGBTQ-plus couples are using digital technology to circumvent China’s non-recognition of same-sex marriages. Since 2021, around 200 Chinese and Hong Kong couples have tied the knot via virtual weddings hosted in…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2022

How the Chinese internet saw Cuba’s vote on gay marriage, surrogacy

Cuba’s legalisation of same-sex marriage and “altruistic” surrogacy has revived debate half a world away in a major trading and ideological partner, China. In a national referendum last week, Cubans voted overwhelmingly…

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ADDED ON: 10/01/2022

Pakistan launches anti-harassment hotline for trans people

Pakistan on Friday launched a hotline for transgender people in an effort to protect them from discrimination and harassment, a senior government official said. Trans people in Pakistan are considered outcasts by…

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ADDED ON: 09/30/2022

UN experts demand stay of execution for two women activists sentenced to death in Iran

UN experts are demanding a stay of execution for two women LGBT rights activists in Iran, Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani and Elham Choubdar, who have been sentenced to death by Iranian judicial authorities on…

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ADDED ON: 09/30/2022

Pakistan’s Progressive Transgender Law Faces Opposition 4 Years Later

Pakistan is considering amending a landmark transgender rights bill passed in 2018 that some legislators and clerics argue contradicts Islamic teachings on gender identity. Rights activists, however, say the law is being…

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ADDED ON: 09/29/2022

Qatar UN ambassador calls on God to ‘curse’ gay people in resurfaced tweet

Qatar’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN) has deleted her Twitter account after it was revealed she had published numerous homophobic and antisemitic comments online. Hend Al-Muftah deleted her account (@halmuftah) days…

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