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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 02/08/2019

India takes ‘big step’ in AIDS fight with gay sex ruling – Global Fund chief

No longer shamed as criminals, millions of LGBT+ people in India will be less at risk from HIV/AIDS following the legalisation of gay sex, the head of a global health fund said…

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ADDED ON: 02/07/2019

Mumbai Hosts First Same Sex Wedding Party After SC Verdict

For Vinodh Philip, there couldn't be a better tribute than his wedding reception to the city that embraced him and saw him through his toughest turmoil. Nearly five months after the Supreme…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2019

Why Some Members of Singapores’s LGBTI Community Prefer Life in the Shadows

When news broke in December that Singapore’s High Court had allowed a gay couple to adopt their son conceived through a surrogate in the United States, it was not met with cheers…

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ADDED ON: 02/06/2019

LGBTI Community Reaches Out to the Poor with Medicine Bank

Bebo Kinnar, a transgender from Jamshedpur, grew up as a subject of ridicule and discrimination. But today, her initiative - Dava Daan Jeevan Daan - started in collaboration with a gay individual,…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2019

India’s doctors: from ‘conversion’ to conversation on LGBT+ issues

It started with a homophobic post on social media. Dr. Prasad Raj Dandekar, a radiation oncologist based in Mumbai, was scrolling through his Facebook feed one evening several years ago when he…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

Violent comments against student who kissed his male partner are ‘worrying’: Inter-University LGBT Network

The recent online vitriol some Singaporeans have spewed on a man from a local junior college who was seen on an Instagram post kissing his male partner was worrying, said Singapore’s Inter-University…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

Pride Parade 2019: Mumbaikars celebrate decriminalisation of homosexuality with love, liberty & fervour

The commercial capital of the country celebrated its first Pride Parade after the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality in September last year on Saturday. Hundreds of people were seen marching with a wave…

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ADDED ON: 02/04/2019

Same-sex couples to file suits for marriage equality in several courts on Feb 14

Chizuka Oe and Yoko Ogawa have lived together in a relationship of mutual trust for almost 25 years since they fell in love after their first encounter at a party. Despite some…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

Transgender trio fail in legal bid to be listed as male on Hong Kong ID card.

Three transgender people who identify as male lost their legal bid on Friday to be recognised as such on their Hong Kong identity cards, in a setback for the LGBT movement to…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

Award-Winning Activist Jay Lin on Sharing LGBT Stories with Asia.

When Newsweek publicly announced that I was one of the 15 members of the "Creative Class of 2019," I seriously had to pinch myself. I was discussing video streaming services at a conference in…

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ADDED ON: 02/03/2019

This Gay Man Speaks Out About Fleeing Iraq, Where He Says Being LGBT Is a ‘Death Sentence’

In commemoration of 2019 marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots took place, the editors over at Gay Star News are inviting 50 international guest writers to offer their own stories of…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2019

Film on lesbian romance hailed for pushing boundaries.

A Bollywood movie about a family accepting their daughter is a lesbian was hailed on Friday (Feb 1) for pushing the boundaries of cinema in socially conservative India. It comes after the…

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