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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 04/21/2019

China’s largest e-commerce site removes LGBTI products

China’s largest e-commerce site, Taobao, began removing LGBTI-themed items from online stores this week. Taobao, owned by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, told Vendors selling products such as rainbow clothing and accessories that…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2019

Trans weddings in Japan: forced surgery before ‘I do’

For Tacaquito Usui to marry his partner, Japanese law first requires him to undergo sterilisation surgery and be diagnosed with a mental disorder because he is transgender. Usui, who lives with his…

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ADDED ON: 04/19/2019

Politicians urged to cut ties with ‘homophobic’ pastor

Two assembly members have been urged to sever their links with a controversial pastor who claimed homosexuality is a "sin". Yang Tuck Yoong called homosexuality an "abomination" during a sermon. Darren Millar…

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ADDED ON: 04/18/2019

Weibo Reverses Ban on Lesbian Content Amid Uproar

Lesbian content was banned on Sina Weibo last week, with related same-sex discussion forums and LGBT hashtags removed from the popular microblogging site. This censorship operation comes almost exactly one year after…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2019

Malaysian LGBT rights activist Numan Afifi questioned by police

Malaysian LGBT+ rights activist Numan Afifi is being questioned by police over a speech highlighting discrimination against the queer and trans community. Afifi, who founded a LGBT+ rights group in Malaysia, raised…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2019

LGBT couples speak of their suffering in lawsuit seeking marriage for all in Japan

In the first oral argument of an unprecedented trial challenging the constitutionality of Japan’s same-sex marriage ban, LGBT couples spoke Monday of their experiences, aiming to highlight the social stigma and discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2019

LGBT Syrian refugees launch legal challenge against UK Home Office ‘abandonment’

Fifteen LGBT Syrian refugees, living in Turkey, launched a legal claim against the UK Home Office on Monday. The group claim the British government has abandoned them despite assurances they will be…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2019

Weibo is removing content with the #les hashtag

The Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo has reportedly been removing posts and comments with the hashtag #les. The ban on the term, which is short for lesbian, was discovered by users who…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2019

Millennial activism: Daryl Yang fights for LGBT issues and more

In 2014, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) published a set of FAQs on youth sexuality and received backlash for being affirming of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) experiences. There was even…

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ADDED ON: 04/15/2019

Brunei once held off on strict Islamic law to stay in a U.S.-backed trade pact. Then Trump pulled out.

When more than 100 members of Congress raised worries in 2014 over plans to include Brunei in a sweeping Pacific trade deal, envoys from the tiny sultanate rushed to Washington with a…

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ADDED ON: 04/13/2019

New Knesset sets record for most LGBT members

Israel’s elections on Tuesday resulted in what will likely be a fifth term for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - but there were a number of firsts as well. The number of LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2019

Alarm bells sound over ‘outings’ in Japan’s LGBT community

People having their sexual orientation or gender identity revealed without their consent has become a deepening problem in Japan, a country known for its culture in which the "nail that sticks out…

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