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LGBTI Rights in Asia


Tarek Zeidan – Helem, Lebanon

Tarek Zeidan is the executive director of Helem in Lebanon. Tarek tells us about his background as an activist, the origins and current status of Helem, how the LGBTI rights movement has…

ADDED ON: 08/25/2020

Coronavirus and stigma among priorities for India’s new transgender council

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Discrimination, housing and the impact of COVID-19 are among the top priorities for India’s new National Council for Transgender Persons, two trans members said on Tuesday.…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2020

Neither boy nor girl, it’s ‘not a sin sweetheart’

THRISSUR: A lullaby album for an intersex child, authored by transgender poet Vijayaraja Mallika, has gone viral on social media. “Shaapamalla, papamalla, omane nee, ente jeevithathil vannudhicha bhagyatharam, aadyatharam nee (not a…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2020

Chinese LGBT group ShanghaiPRIDE halts work to ‘protect safety’

ShanghaiPRIDE, one of China’s longest running gay pride groups, said it was cancelling all activities and events for the foreseeable future, citing the need to protect the “safety” of its people and…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

LGBTQ+ People In Beirut Are Suffering As Lebanon Continues to Bleed

Lebanon, a country ravaged by war for 15 years, had its most devastating blast on August 4, 2020. The blast killed 180 people, injured more than 6,000, and has rendered 350,000 people…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2020

An inclusive move: Reserved seats for transgenders in Kolkata

Kolkata’s transgender commuters will now have designated seats in some of the city’s public buses. The movement to reserve at least one bus seat for the third gender was officially launched on…

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ADDED ON: 08/17/2020

Lebanon’s oldest queer advocacy group is already back to work helping the community in the wake of the deadly Beirut blast

The offices of Lebanon’s oldest LGBT+ advocacy group were almost destroyed in the devastating Beirut blast, but staff are already back providing vital support to the queer community. Founded in 2001, Helem…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2020

‘Be You’ Video Beautifully Captures the Essence of LGBTQ Community

"The words independence and freedom mean different things to different people. On August 15, 2020, India celebrated its 74th Independence Day. However, the free expression of love and the fact that who…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2020

Qatari official claims queer Snapchat content is a ‘deviation from Allah’

Qatari journalist Na’ima ‘Abd al-Wahhab al-Mutawa’a, who serves as media advisor to the staunchly anti-LGBT+ country’s foreign ministry, made the claims in an article for Al Sharq, a pro-regime newspaper. The article,…

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ADDED ON: 08/15/2020

Fears of LGBTQ repression as Shanghai Pride is cancelled

The organisers of Shanghai Pride have unexpectedly announced that the event is suspending its work after 11 years, fueling concerns about a growing LGBTQ crackdown in China. “Shanghai Pride regrets to announce…

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ADDED ON: 08/14/2020

Cartier faces scepticism over China ring ads featuring same-sex couples

A new Chinese commercial for a Cartier ring has drawn scepticism for portraying people who viewers believe were meant to be gay couples as family or friends. The 60-second clip shows several…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2020

UNDER OLYMPIAN PRESSURE: LGBT RIGHTS IN JAPAN

The long-awaited Japan 2020 Olympics is finally in full swing— or it would be if the COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t forced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the event to 2021 (hopefully).…

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