ADDED ON: 07/26/2018

Asia’s Youngest Nation Celebrates 2nd LGBTI Parade

07/25/2018 | Voice of America

Asia’s youngest nation, East Timor (Timor-Leste), held its second annual LGBT pride parade in its capital, Dili. The small country cemented its role as a regional LGBT rights leader during a time when that community is under threat in many of its neighboring countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia. East Timor’s pride campaign is notable for its broad base of support in a country of fewer than 1.3 million people. Last year, its prime minister, Rui Maria de Araujo, supported the fledgling movement, stating that “discrimination, disrespect and abuse toward people, because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, does not provide any benefit to our nation.”

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