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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 03/12/2020

Seven Asian movies celebrating LGBT romance

While Hollywood has blockbuster queer films Brokeback Mountain (2005), Moonlight (2016) and Call Me By Your Name (2017), social stigmas and cultural taboos mean that LGBTQ+ characters in Asian cinema are scarce.…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2020

Bollywood goes LGBT: Gay romcom Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is a game-changer

Bollywood has long stereotyped LGBTQ+ characters into farcical clichés – the brothel-owning transgender villain, effeminate horny gay man, cross-dressers, sexualised lesbians and predatory transgender men – typically cast as mere accessories, crude…

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ADDED ON: 03/09/2020

Disney’s ‘Onward’ Banned In Middle East Over Lesbian Character

Multiple Middle Eastern markets have banned the Disney/Pixar animated movie “Onward” for featuring an explicitly lesbian character. “Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have all banned the film due to the reference,”…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2020

Transgender queen crowned in Thailand as coronavirus limits crowd

After temperature checks for contestants and with a smaller crowd than last year because of coronavirus fears, Mexico’s Valentina Fluchaire was crowned in Thailand as winner of what is billed as the…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2020

China tech firm to sell gay dating app Grindr for $608 million

One of China’s biggest mobile gaming companies is selling popular gay dating app Grindr for $608 million after pressure from US authorities concerned over the potential misuse of user data. National security…

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ADDED ON: 03/05/2020

How a Dating App Helped a Generation of Chinese Come Out of the Closet

Like many gay Chinese growing up at the turn of the millennium, Duan Shuai began his long, deliberate process of coming out online. After school, he would visit the newly opened internet…

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ADDED ON: 03/05/2020

Hong Kong court rules in favor of gay couple seeking public housing

A Hong Kong court on Wednesday ruled that married same-sex couples have the right to apply for public housing, in a move that could make it easier for LGBT+ people to live…

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ADDED ON: 03/04/2020

Pakistan court gives green light to women’s march – with conditions

A Pakistani court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to the country’s largest women’s rights event but told organizers to ensure participants adhere to “decency and moral values”. The country-wide event, known as…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2020

Indonesia doubles down on move to ban homosexuality and send ‘offenders’ to ‘rehab’ clinics

Indonesia is proposing legislation that would force LGBT+ people into treatment to “cure” their sexuality or gender identity. The “Family Resilience Bill” would force LGBT+ people into government-sanctioned “rehabilitation centres”, which would…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2020

100 LGBT filmmakers to boycott Tel Aviv festival to support queer Palestinians

Over 130 filmmakers from around the world, including at least 100 from the LGBT community, have pledged to boycott an upcoming government-sponsored gay film festival in Tel Aviv, the Hollywood Reporter said…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2020

Malaysian band’s new song encourages LGBTs to die and YouTube lets it keep on playing

LGBT+ Malaysians have criticized popular punk-rock band Bunkface for an ‘extremist anthem’ that calls for the death of LGBT+ people. The multi-award winning band has been popular in the southeast Asian country…

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ADDED ON: 02/29/2020

Four years, two continents: a gay Chinese couple’s journey for a surrogate son

Before Qiguang Li could pass through customs and step on to US soil for the first time, he faced a three-hour detention where he learned that he needed to be more candid…

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