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LGBTI Rights in Asia


ADDED ON: 06/19/2019

Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad: Gays shouldn’t get married because they can’t have kids

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has claimed that same-sex marriage is “regressive.” In an appearance at the Cambridge Union in the UK on Sunday (June 17), the 93-year-old leader railed against same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 06/19/2019

Mumbai LGBT film festival celebrates pride

A gay-and-lesbian themed film festival in Mumbai, said to be the biggest of its kind in India, concluded on Sunday (June 16), manifesting celebrations of colours, art, and artists. The 10th edition…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2019

What it’s like to be gay and Qatari

Homosexuality is so taboo in Qatar that it doesn’t feature in public discourse, yet practically it very much exists. Being gay is frowned upon here, and a lot of people have this…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2019

LGBT couple in landmark Hong Kong case say coming forward was vital to give encouragement to others

Having recently won a landmark court case against the government, Angus Leung Chun-kwong and his husband Scott Adams recalled giving their first press interview four years ago, holding hands on a windswept…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Fighting For Recognition in Japan

When 13 LGBTQ couples sued the Japanese government earlier this year, arguing for legal recognition of same-sex marriage, it made headlines around the world as a historic moment in the country’s journey…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Teens on growing up LGBTI in Iran: ‘My boyfriend was killed’

Teens have opened up about what it’s like to grow up LGBTI in Iran. Dozens of young people revealed they are ‘depressed’ and ‘frustrated’ by living in the Muslim-majority country. One even…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Male couple refused entry to restaurant ‘because a couple is a man and woman’

A male couple were told they couldn’t dine at a restaurant in the northern city of Nazareth Illit because the special event was reserved for families and couples, and a couple had…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2019

Malaysian human rights group reject LGBTI rights in letter

A Malaysian human rights campaigner has rejected LGBTI rights, claiming they are a ‘western import’. Azril Mohd Amin from the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) wrote a letter to…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2019

Gay people unlikely to report intimate partner violence: expert

It is possible that more that 90 percent of individuals subject to intimate partner violence in homosexual relationships in Taiwan do not seek help from government-run support networks, Fan Kuo-yung (范國勇), a…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2019

Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan

As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to aging voters and old traditions. For while surveys…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2019

‘I categorically deny this vicious libel’: Malaysian minister Azmin Ali condemns gay sex video as attempt to ruin his reputation

Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali rejected claims he was in a gay sex video that went viral earlier this week, and vowed to expose those behind the “abominable” allegations. “I categorically…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2019

With the help of his boyfriend, a German reporter asked Iran’s foreign minister why the country executes people for being gay

When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif faced questions from foreign journalists on Monday in Tehran after a meeting with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, he may have expected some uncomfortable questions.…

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