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Transgender Women In Pakistan Demand Equal Rights

Heard on Morning Edition Gays and lesbians live secret lives in Pakistan. But to be a transgender woman there is a different experience. They’re mobilizing a movement for equal rights — and scoring victories. Rachel Martin, Host: To say living as a gay person in Pakistan is difficult is an understatement. Homosexuality is illegal there,… Read more »

This Amazing Commercial Uses Gay High School Drama To Sell Lip Balm

“Why don’t you take care of yourself?” Advertising has opened up to LGBT representation worldwide, but a lip balm commercial out of Thailand is taking it to the next level: In it, a teen confronts another boy, claiming he’s broken his sister’s heart. KA Lip Care But the boy is stunned when his rival leans… Read more »

An Analysis of the Situation of the LGBT movement in India

i. The LGBT movement in the United States was able to thrive because of the social conditions in that country. The heterosexuality of the Stonewall Riots accepted a moral and legal framework predicated on individual freedoms. The homophobia it rose against, and which the LGBT movement in the United States continues to combat, then, is… Read more »

No one is worth more or less than another. We are all equal as humans.

For as long as she can remember, Cheekii has always known that she is a girl. Back in her village in Chanthaburi Province in eastern Thailand, people discriminate against transgender women. People talked about her and questioned her identity. But Cheekii didn’t rise to their provocation. “My grandmother was my only supporter, ever since I… Read more »

Philippines’ Duterte, in about-face, says he supports same-sex unions

Manila (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday expressed his support for same-sex unions, after previously declaring his opposition to gay marriage, in an about-face that may displease bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic country. Speaking at a gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in his hometown Davao City, Duterte vowed… Read more »

India’s first ever gay prince is opening an LGBT centre on palace grounds

A gay Indian prince is opening an LGBT centre on the grounds of his family palace, despite his family’s disapproval. The centre, which will be named Hanumanteshwar 1927, will be based on the grounds of Prince Manvendra’s palace in the Indian state of Gujarat. ? “It is important for the LGBT community to go to… Read more »

Indonesia sentences gay club workers to 2-3 years in prison

An Indonesian court has sentenced 10 men arrested in a raid at a gay club and sauna to between two and three years in prison, an activist and a relative of one of the men said. They were among more than 140 men detained after the raid in May on what police said was a… Read more »

Top Indonesia court rejects attempt to criminalize gay sex

Jakarta, Indonesia — Indonesia’s top court on Thursday ruled against petitioners seeking to make gay sex and sex outside marriage illegal in a victory for the country’s besieged LGBT minority. The 5-to-4 decision by the nine-judge panel of the Constitutional Court rejected the arguments of a conservative group, the Family Love Alliance, which believes Indonesia… Read more »

Indonesian Supreme Court blocks appeal to ban gay sex

The Indonesian Supreme Court has blocked a measure to ban gay sex in the country after a push from a religious group lodged a petition. The Family Love Alliance, which launched a petition to Jakarta court to ban extra-marital and gay sex last year, has been left stumped after its appeal to the Supreme Court… Read more »

Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Men of non-traditional orientation were detained.

Law enforcement officers detained two men from the area who were in sexual contact. They face up to 3 years of imprisonment. As the correspondent of UzNews.uz was informed in the department of internal affairs of the Yunusabad region, the men born in 1994 and 1988, met September 3 this year and began to live… Read more »

Thousands Celebrate Hong Kong Pride 2017

Thousands of revelers joined Hong Kong’s annual LGBT Pride parade and march on Saturday. According to the AFP, roughly 10,000 revelers joined this year’s event. Police estimated the crowd at 2,000. While gay sex has been legal in Hong Kong since 1991, the city does not recognize same-sex couples and the LGBT community has limited… Read more »

A Chinese queer couple’s wedding day, made possible by a cruise

Chen Zhichao and Yang Jieli knew it was love at first sight. But as a Chinese queer couple, it wasn’t easy for them to get married and recognized by the people around them. A special “LGBTQ” wedding cruise made it possible. Watch the video above to learn about the couple’s journey. The cruise was organized… Read more »

India’s Gay Rights Activists Seize Momentum After Landmark Ruling

New Delhi — At a jammed intersection in New Delhi, a passing parade of people announced their mission with a single word in Hindi, dicing it into short, snappy syllables. “Azadi!” or freedom, the crowd chanted as drivers leaned out of their rickshaws, straining to hear. One of the marchers, Rishi Raj Vyas, 16, filled… Read more »

‘Rainbow couples’ fight for approval

While a large number of transgender and homosexual couples in Cambodia live together, marry and adopt children, they still face stigmatisation and discrimination in their daily lives, a new report by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights released today shows. For the report, titled Cambodia’s Rainbow Families, CCHR conducted interviews with 121 individuals either currently… Read more »

China has published its first study of transgender people and it’s exactly as worrying as you’d expect

China’s first nationwide report on its trans population has indicated startling rates of violence and depression within the community. The poll, released this week, revealed that high amounts of transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people live in poverty and lack access to sufficient medical care. ? 12.7% of those had also attempted suicide and/or self-harm. In… Read more »

Coming to terms

Scholars discuss the issue of LGBTI acceptance and gender identity in the predominantly Muslim deep South, where tradition, religion and the restive situation influence people’s lifestyle and belief A man with short hair — wearing a sarong around his chest the way a woman would — is seen frolicking alone happily on a crowded beach.… Read more »

Small victories can’t stop the dangers for LGBTIQ people in Southeast Asia

A new report found the LGBTIQ community in Southeast Asia is experiencing ‘small steps sideways, big steps back’ The situation for LGBTIQ people in Southeast Asia has deteriorated, despite some small victories in the region. Rising influential conservative social forces had led to the increasing criminalization and pathologization of LGBTIQ people in the region. A… Read more »

Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay ‘conversion’

Hong Kong (AP) — The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication, a human rights group said Wednesday. The report released by New York-based Human Rights Watch, based on interviews with 17 people subjected… Read more »

Hundreds join pride march in India, where gay sex is illegal

Hundreds of gay rights activists and supporters, many wearing colorful costumes and holding balloons, marched through India’s capital on Sunday in celebration but also defiance in a nation that continues to outlaw homosexual acts. As people chanted and marched to the beat of drums during New Delhi’s 10th annual Queer Pride march, many said they… Read more »

Hong Kong has the 2022 Gay Games. Life for China’s LGBTI people may improve at last

I’m glad that Hong Kong won the bid to host the Games. But governmental attitudes towards LGBTI equality both here and in China remain archaic This month Hong Kong won the bid to host the 2022 Gay Games – the first time the Games will be held in Asia. The campaign to win the Games,… Read more »

Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance

Phuket, Thailand — Bathed in a pink spotlight, the cabaret singer at Phuket’s ZAG bar lip-syncs the top notes of a popular Mandarin love song, delighting the crowd of gay Chinese tourists who have escaped judgement at home for sexual freedom in Thailand. While the song, “The Moon Represents My Heart”, is a hit with… Read more »

Muslim woman reveals abuse growing up as a lesbian in Pakistan

A Muslim woman has described how hard it was growing up as a lesbian in Pakistan, where homosexuality is illegal. ‘Zayna’, 40, who moved to the UK in 2010, said she was discriminated against because of her sexuality but always stayed true to herself. Shopkeeper raped customer when she asked if she could charge her… Read more »

Asia’s biggest gay pride parade brings tens of thousands to Taipei

Event is first since Taiwan ruled in favour of gay marriage but some activists are frustrated by slow progress of legalisation A sea of rainbow flags and glitzy costumes filled downtown Taipei as tens of thousands marched in Asia’s largest gay pride parade, the first since Taiwan’s top court ruled in favour of gay marriage.… Read more »

LGBT People Under Attack: Raids in Belarus, Murder in Chechnya, Registration of Gays in Central Asia

Singer and Entertainer Zelim Bakaev Apparently Murdered by the Security Services of Chechnyan President’s Security Services The LGBTQI community is under assault in Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia. The most recent crackdown in the region was this past weekend’s raids of nightclubs popular with the LGBT community in Belarus, during which two clubs… Read more »

Kyrgyzstan’s only gay nightclub closes under LGBT crackdown

The only LGBT night club in Kyrgyzstan’s capital city of Biskek has closed after governmental pressure to silence the presentation of LGBT people in a public arena. The nightclub, named London, nestled on the outskirts of the city has been frequented by LGBT partiers on a Saturday night for years. But after the landlord in… Read more »

Tajikistan announces official register of gay citizens

Dushanbe, Tajikistan (AFP) – Authoritarian Tajikistan announced on Tuesday (Oct 17) it had drawn up a register of 367 allegedly gay citizens, suggesting they would be required to undergo testing to avoid “the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases”. Details of the move was unveiled in Zakonnost, a newspaper published by Tajikistan’s state prosecutor which said the… Read more »

Nepalese man fears for his life after being outed in UK court

A gay man from Nepal fears he may be at risk of murder if he returns to his home country, after his sexuality was disclosed during a court hearing. The unnamed man, who was granted an anonymity order to protect his identity while applying to stay in the UK, says he has effectively been outed… Read more »

What’s It Like Being A Gay Student In Japan?

In a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ society, teachers receive directives but no training to support anxious, closeted children when they are ‘outed’ Loretto Cunningham has had a rough day at work. A well-meaning colleague inadvertently revealed her sexuality to a senior member of staff at one of the primary schools in Tokyo where she teaches… Read more »

University in Pakistan offers free education for transgender students

A university in Pakistan has offered to give free education to transgender people. The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is a public research university, based in the capital Islamabad. It was the first open university in Asia and one of the largest higher learning institutions in the world. Elementary School The institution announced this week… Read more »

Azerbaijan: Anti-Gay Crackdown

Gay Men, Transgender Women Tortured to Extort Money, Intelligence (Berlin) – Police in Azerbaijan have conducted a violent campaign, arresting and torturing men presumed to be gay or bisexual, as well as transgender women, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch interviews with released detainees and lawyers confirmed that since mid-September, police in Baku,… Read more »

HIV infections on the rise

Hanoi (VNA) – The number of new HIV infections has been on the rise in Vietnam, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM) and those with unsafe sexual behaviours, heard a conference on policies for HIV/AIDS prevention in Ho Chi Minh City on September 27. More than 4,540 HIV infections had been detected… Read more »

Anti-gay hysteria is on the rise in Indonesia

Sodomy is not a crime, but may soon become one Until a year ago, Mama Yuli could count on a steady stream of reporters and television crews to make their way to her small orange house in Jakarta’s suburbs for a peek at what is thought to be Indonesia’s only shelter for transgender women. Yulianus… Read more »

Chinese man wins court battle against gay cure therapy

A state hospital in China has been banned from forcing a gay man to undergo conversion therapy intended to make him heterosexual. The monumental ruling has been hailed as a victory by gay rights advocates in China, according to The Times. The plaintiff, named Yu Hu, was forced by his relatives into the care of… Read more »

China’s Largest Gay-Dating App Tries Streaming

Life was tough for Ma Baoli after he came out and quit his job as a policeman. Five years later, his internet company Blue City is a top player in China’s LGBT market. Episode one of the Bloomberg video series Love Disrupted explores how the social networking app Blued is changing the way gay men… Read more »

The Philippines: Make Way for the Baklas

Meet my new neighbor Janet. She’s of average height, has long, shapely legs, and sports a wavy mass of black hair that stops just short of her pert derrière—definitely head-turning material. She’s one in a procession of similar beauties who pass by in a steady stream. She and I exchange recipes: it turns out she… Read more »

India’s Supreme Court affirms basic human rights for gay people

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that gay people have a right to live in private, putting the future of the country’s anti-gay law in doubt. Homosexuality is illegal in India under Section 377 of the penal code, which is based on outdated British colonial law. The century-old law was brought back into effect by a court… Read more »

Transgender bill introduced in Pakistan parliament

The bill is the first piece of proposed legislation that extends recognition to this often-ignored segment of society, Dawn news reported. For the first time, a legislation has been introduced in Pakistan’s lower house of parliament to protect the fundamental rights of transgender people in the conservative Muslim nation. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights)… Read more »

My Trip To The Philippines, Part 1: The Power of Queer-Affirming Theater

As a Filipino American kid, I always felt cursed for being gay. Growing up in a traditional Catholic family, I had a lack of queer role models – with the exception of two distant female relatives who my aunties referred to as “tomboys”, or a distant uncle with “a roommate” who no one acknowledged. American… Read more »

Gay and Undocumented, Burmese Refugees Struggle in Thailand

“Queer migrants” or LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) refugees from Myanmar – called as such because they had to leave their countries and go somewhere else to be able to live safely as themselves – have looked at Thailand as the ideal destination, with its louche, gay-friendly lifestyle. But in too many… Read more »

It is a Cosmic Dance, Not Cross-Dressing! Understanding the Culture and Festivals of Nepal

I grew up in a remote village of Gorkha district, north west from Kathmandu, in Nepal. Fortunately or unfortunately, from where the famous term, the Gurkhas (as brave warriors), originated, after they fought WWI and WWII along with the British Empire. As I have no interest in wars or weaponry, I will talk about the… Read more »