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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 06/09/2019

A little tiff over LGBT normalisation in Malaysia

A Malaysian conservative Muslim rights activist called out Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah for his alleged lack of concern regarding the ‘normalisation’ of LGBT in the country. Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar is the president…

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ADDED ON: 06/09/2019

Outcry after police drug raid on Tel Aviv gay club ahead of Pride week

Police in Tel Aviv raided a gay club on Friday night and arrested the owner and another worker after drugs were found on the premises. Fourteen other individuals were briefly detained for…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2019

‘If nothing changes, I’ll kill myself’: The horrific plight of LGBT+ asylum seekers in Russia

“Russia is the last place I wanted to end up,” says Ahmet, 25. “But I don’t have a choice – it is either this or death.” Ahmet, originally from Gaza, was never…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2019

Bhutan moves to decriminalise homosexuality

Bhutan’s National Assembly has begun the process of decriminalising gay sex, a move which could hand LGBT+ people improved rights. The Buddhist kingdom’s lower house voted on Friday (June 7) to remove…

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ADDED ON: 06/07/2019

First openly gay minister shrugs off jeers at Jerusalem pride march

A day after being appointed as the first openly gay minister in the country’s history, Likud lawmaker Amir Ohana attempted to brush off an unwelcome reception at the Jerusalem pride parade Thursday.…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2019

Thailand’s first cohort of transgender MPs make parliamentary history

Smiling broadly, Tanwarin triumphantly cast her vote for prime minister as one of the first transgender MPs in Thailand, where tolerance for the LGBT community is not matched by understanding or opportunity…

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ADDED ON: 06/06/2019

‘It’s humiliating for us’: village disowns Dutee Chand, India’s first openly gay athlete

Supporters of India’s first openly gay athlete fear for her safety after her decision to come out prompted a backlash in her home village. Local reaction was hostile in Chaka Gopalpur, a…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2019

Far-right extremists vow to disrupt Jerusalem Pride Parade

The leader of a far right-wing group said Tuesday his organization plans to disrupt this week’s Jerusalem Pride Parade in order to fight what he called “LGBT terrorism.” Bentzi Gopstein said his…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2019

QATAR BANS HOMOSEXUALITY AS AL JAZEERA IN ENGLISH MARKS LGBT PRIDE MONTH

Qatar bans homosexuality, but the Qatar-backed Al Jazeera’s AJ+ still recently marked June as LGBT Pride Month with a tweet about speaking to the cast of “Queer Eye” on LGBT issues. The…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2019

Japan Opposition Parties Submit Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Japan’s major opposition parties submitted a bill Monday calling for same-sex marriage in the world’s third-biggest economy, a move that comes weeks after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2019

H&M Malaysia does not carry pro-LGBT collection, rep confirms

Fashion retailer H&M has confirmed that its collection supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is not available in Malaysia. Malaysiakini reported Sweden-based H&M’s Malaysia & Singapore communications manager Abby…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2019

LGBT people: Sharing their dreams, confessing their fears

‘I WANT TO DRESS UP AS A BRIDE’ “Sometimes, you have to hide your dreams from the world,” says Kolkata’s Amit Bittoo Dey, who would often tell people that he wanted to…

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