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ADDED ON: 04/12/2021

Backlash in Iran after academic calls for ‘removing gays’ from Tehran

Activists launched a petition against an Iranian academic and theatre director who was slammed for making homophobic remarks in an outrageous rant against the Iran's LGBTQ+ community. Last month, Ghotboddin Sadegh told…

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ADDED ON: 04/11/2021

Majlis Podcast: Uzbekistan In The Spotlight For The Wrong Reasons

Since 2016, when Uzbekistan's first president, Islam Karimov, died, the authorities have been working to change the image the country inherited from Karimov as a chronic rights abuser. There have been some…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

LGBTQ Members Face Threats in Iraqi Kurdistan

The plight of Iraq's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer (LGBTQ) community returned to the spotlight last week when Kurdish security forces in Sulaymaniyah reportedly arrested several gay men. The…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

Attack on Blogger Drives Uzbek Gay Community Underground

Members of Uzbekistan's LGBT community say they have been driven underground in fear of a violent backlash after a blogger and some of his supporters were attacked last month following social media…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

Panel of Japan’s ruling LDP to seek early passage of law on LGBT understanding

A ruling party committee said Thursday that it will aim to enact a law to promote understanding of sexual minorities during the ongoing session of the Diet, set to end in June.…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

Malaysia pushes for Sharia law to be tougher on LGBT+ Muslims

On Tuesday (6 April) the Malaysian government announced plans to move forward with an amendment to the Sharia Courts Act that would allow heavier punishments to be imposed on the LGBT+ community.…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2021

Thai Protests: Pro-Democracy Groups and LGBTI Involvement

In the face of a reality consumed by the coronavirus pandemic, there have been places across the globe where activism has not only continued but flourished. One of these places has been…

ADDED ON: 04/08/2021

Focus on inclusion, not alienation, in dealing with LGBT, Putrajaya told

Suhakam has urged the government to reconsider its decision to impose heavier punishments for offences associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Commissioner Hishamudin Yunus said the best approach…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2021

Legalising same-sex marriage in Japan

Last month, a Japanese district court for the first time ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry is unconstitutional. The verdict by the Sapporo District Court was a result of simultaneous…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

Civil groups chide minister Zulkifli’s insistence on harsher laws against LGBT

KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — A coalition of local civil societies has today slammed religious affairs minister Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad’s insistence to table a law amendment that would provide for harsher punishments…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

Uzbek Interior Ministry statement threatens journalist Agnieszka Pikulicka with prosecution over LGBTQ reporting

On March 28, Pikulicka, a freelance correspondent for Al-Jazeera and The Guardian based in Tashkent, the capital, visited LGBTQ activist Miraziz Bazarov, who was hospitalized after being beaten earlier that day, the…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

Israel activists protest rising influence of anti-gay lawmakers

Hundreds of people demonstrated in Jerusalem on Tuesday against a group of newly elected Israeli lawmakers who oppose gay rights, in a Middle Eastern country seen as progressive in promoting LGBT equality.…

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