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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 06/12/2020

Feminist publications Magdalene.co, Konde.co suffer cyberattacks

Online feminist publication Magdalene.co has suffered a series of cyberattacks over the past month, which has made it difficult for readers to access the website. "Hi friends, the Magdalene website often cannot…

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ADDED ON: 06/11/2020

India: They’re putting the B in LGBT

Natasha was in her first year of college when she made a new female friend that she liked — a lot. “Up until that point, I was very much with guys and…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

Hong Kong LGBT charter in planning stages

Plans to introduce a voluntary charter on discrimination against sexual minorities in Hong Kong are under way as officials look into existing policies adopted by neighboring governments. In a document sent to…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

JAPANESE REGION ANNOUNCES BAN ON OUTING LGBTQ PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR WILL

Japan is beginning to lag noticeably behind when it comes to LGBTQ rights such as adoption and marriage equality, but one region has taken a groundbreaking step forward by banning the outing…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

Saudi authorities beat blogger, demand he ‘confess’ being gay because he supports LGBT+ rights

Human rights campaigners have called on Saudi Arabia to release blogger Mohamad al-Bokari, who was detained after stating his support for LGBT+ rights. According to Human Rights Watch, al-Bokari was arrested on…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

This Pride Month, Shame on You: Exposing Anti-LGBT Government Strategies in MENA

As a researcher and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, I am often asked: “What is it like to be…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

Israel: Municipalities reaching out to LGBT community

Tel Aviv may still be the gay capital of the Middle East, but 29 other municipalities – including those with councils that include representatives of ultra-Orthodox communities – are also reaching out…

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ADDED ON: 06/07/2020

We are all George Floyd!

Most of us must have been troubled by the news of what is happening in the US in the aftermath of the horrific death of George Floyd, who was killed by police…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2020

Japan court rejects notion same-sex couples are de facto marriages

A Japanese district court on Thursday rejected a request by a man to overturn a prefectural commission’s decision deeming him ineligible for victims’ compensation as a surviving family member after his same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2020

Chinese dancer’s wedding photos revive same-sex marriage debate

A dancer has reignited a debate about same-sex marriage after posting pictures of her wedding ceremony online in a rare move for a public figure in China. Few high-profile Chinese figures have…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2020

Davao City Mayor recruits LGBT+ for COVID food distribution

Faced with corrupt officials giving away emergency rice supplies, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte called on the local LGBT+ community to help. Davao City is on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2020

Teacher reveals high price of coming out as gay in China

When he came out as gay, teacher Cui Le made local news headlines and was subject to censorship and surveillance by his university in southern China. It took years – and a…

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