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Indonesia’s Waria Heroine

Ibu Shinta, as she is known – Ibu is the Indonesian equivalent of ma'am, or lady – runs Al Fatah, an Islamic boarding school for Indonesian transgender women known as waria. At…

ADDED ON: 01/18/2018

Japanese Dictionary’s Definition of ‘LGBTI’ Draws Criticism for Inaccuracy on the ‘T’ Part

Following the release of its first edition in 1955, publisher Iwanami Shoten’s Kojien has become one of the most respected and widely used dictionaries in Japan. Since 1998, the tome has been on a 10-year update…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2018

India’s Biggest Queer Film Festival is Looking for People to Design its New Poster

The biggest LGBTI film festival in south Asia has launched an international competition for artists to design the 2018 festival poster. The KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is on the hunt…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2017

South Korea: Tension Mounts Over Upcoming Pro-LGBT Event at Haeundae Beach

The first LGBT festival to take place in Busan this weekend is hiking up tensions between pro- and anti-LGBT groups, according to Haeundae Police on Tuesday. The possibility of clashes between the…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2017

The Gay Chinese Farmer and His Cutting Edge Art

A gay Chinese farmer who found emotional release by depicting his suppressed erotic fantasies in traditional Chinese paper cuttings is part of an exhibition of gay Asian art in Taipei. The BBC’s…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2017

How Hinduism is Fighting Homophobia Abroad

Rama Ramanuja Achari, head of the Australian Council of Hindu clergy, recently wrote a blog supporting same-sex unions. His argument: Same-sex attraction is not a personal choice like “Should I have dal…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2017

Queer Getaways Give China’s LGBTI Tourists a Break From It All

The Beijing-based media worker is a seasoned traveler to many LGBTI-friendly destinations, jetting off regularly with a group to places such as Taipei and Bangkok with thriving queer scenes. “You could call Thailand…

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Working for Change

Helem is the leading organization protecting and promoting the rights of the LGBTIQ population of Lebanon. In fact, it was the first organization of its kind in the region when it launched…

No One Should Feel Alone

Eric Pham’s goal as an LGBTQ activist is simple - no queer person should feel alone. Around the world, millions of young queer folk know they are different. And, that difference creates…

Q&A with Creator of “All About Sec 377”

What will it take to end a legacy of colonial repression in India? The courts have run in circles invalidating then reinstating Section 377. In a landmark 2009 decision the Delhi High…