Gay Taiwan News & Reports 2000-02

1 Lesbian and Gay Taiwan: A Yardstick of Democracy 6/00 2 In Taiwan, Gay Life Has Zest 5/00 3 Cinema: Gay Teens In Taiwan (at Singapore film festival) 5/00 4 Taipei gets ready for gay and lesbian extravaganza 8/01 5 Gays and lesbians should be able to wed 7/01 6 Book reveals high school lesbian… Read more »

Gay Guam News & Reports

1 Benjamin Cruz may be the nation’s highest-ranking gay judge 11/97 2 In the Closet: understanding teenage homosexuality on Guam 12/03 3 Guam Considers Recognizing Gay Unions 8/09 4 Guam: Survey 26% Support Same-Sex Marriage 8/09 November 25, 1997 – The Advocate 1 Cruz control: newly appointed Guam supreme court justice Benjamin Cruz may be… Read more »

Gay Vietnam News & Reports

1 Vietnamese Grassroots GLBT Organization Emerges 7/97 1a Gay Life Is Persecuted and Condemned in Vietnam 7/99 2 Vietnam Approves Historic Trade Pact with U.S. 11/01 (non-gay background story) 3 The Vietnam War and Gay Men (1998) 4 Things are gradually improving for southern California Vietnamese gays 4/02 5 Gays in Vietnam seek an identity… Read more »

Gay Philippines News & Reports 2001-02

1 Transgenders and other ‘third sexers’ 6/01 2 Gays in the Philippines push for equal rights 2/02 3 Progay hits ‘ungrateful macho church leadership’ 5/02 4 Filipino gays struggle with their rainbow 6/02 5 Religious, economic biases haunt Pinoy gay community 6/02 6 Pride Day 2002 and its impact on the gay community in Manila… Read more »

Gay Singapore News & Reports 2000-04

1 Do gays have a place in Singapore? 5/00 2 More youths going public, seeking help 6/00 3 Singapore is not ready to accept homosexuality 6/00 4 Singapore gays find tacit acceptance, some seek more 7/01 5 Gay and lesbian teen life (personal essays) 1/02 6 He’s a woman… she’s a man 5/03 7 About… Read more »

Gay Maldives News & Reports

1 The Maldives, Gay Men and Love 7/07 2 Sun Island, Maldives – Gay Travellers 09 3 Islamic foundation condemns Minivan News for publishing letter on homosexuality 10/09 4 Seven men arrested for engaging in homosexual activity 12/09 5 Nations pledge movement on LGBT issues at UN 3/11 July 17, 2007 – 1 The… Read more »

Gay Georgia News & Reports

1 Georgia Gay Overview: first country in South Caucasus to decriminalize Homosexuality when it joined Council of Europe 2 Reputation For Tolerance Slipping Amidst Attacks Against Religious Minorities 7/03 3 For some gay partners, Europe offers a safe haven 6/05 4 Building an inclusive Georgia 3/07 5 ‘Gay’ rally in Georgia cancelled 7/07 6 LGBT… Read more »

Gay Thailand News & Reports 2000-03

1 Lesbian group plans campaign in schools to boost awareness… 7/00 2 Open-minded discussion better than heated argument, seminar told 4/01 3 Thailand crowns Most Beautiful Gay Man in Miss Tiffany contest 4/01 4 Safe sex play staged in jail 3/01 5 The Crackdown on Gay Bars in Bangkok: 11/01 6 Thailand to turn out… Read more »

Gay Laos News & Reports 2007-11

1 In Laos, Chinese Motorcycles Change Lives 12/07 (background story) 2 A Deadly Harvest of Cluster Bombs in Laos 4/08  (background story) 3 Looking for the other side of Laos 10/08 4 Mekong Erotics 1/09 5 High HIV prevalence amongst men who have sex with men in Laos 3/09 6 Laos tackles transgender taboos 6/09… Read more »

Gay Bhutan News and Reports

1 Interview with a gay Bhutanese critic 2004 2 General Commentary on Homosexuality and Theravada Buddhism 2003 3 Thousands of southern Bhutanese of Nepalese ethnicity forcibly ‘evicted’ 2003 4 Over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees 2003 5 Comments regarding Bhutanese/Nepali refugees 2004 6 Interview with Dori, a gay man from Bhutan 2006 7 Bhutan Lets the World… Read more »

Gay Armenia News & Reports

Armeniapedia Gay Armenia We For Civil Equality 1 Armenian activists threaten to out politicians 12/02 2 Armenia Removes Anti-Gay Laws From Criminal Code 1/03 3 Armenia’s Animosity Towards Gays 8/07 4 IWPR: Armenia gays face long walk to freedom 3/09 5 PINK’s new steps in new office 7/09 6 Armenia: Homophobia turns deadly 8/09 7… Read more »

Gay Indonesia News & Reports 2009

Also see: More information about Islam & Homosexuality al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazines: Huriyah, Barra Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men     LGBT muslim Queer Jihad           Bi-muslims Trans-muslims       Lesbian muslims Gay Bali Rainbow Travel Agency 1 In pictures: Indonesia’s waria 1/09 2 Fear of Discrimination Preventing High-Risk Groups Testing for HIV 3/09 3 Hartoyo : Coming… Read more »

How gay are Bhutanese gays?

Article 213 in Chapter 14 of the Penal Code of Bhutan states, “A defendant shall be guilty of the offence of unnatural sex, if the defendant engages in sodomy or any other sexual conduct that is against the order of nature” Does unnatural sex, which is graded as a petty misdemeanour, include homosexuality? How rife… Read more »

Gay Pakistan News & Reports 2001-04

  Also see: Islam and Homosexuality More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: Other articles of interest can be found at: Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah Gay Islam discussion groups: 1 From Pakistan to Chicago: writer, gay activist, car salesman 4/01 2 Pakistani Sentenced to… Read more »

Report claims trans men and lesbian women face rape and abuse in Kyrgyzstan

A leading human rights group has claimed that lesbian and bisexual women and transgender men face violent abuse, including rape, in Kyrgyzstan, both in family settings and from strangers on the street. Based on interviews, the Human Rights Watch report found evidence of beatings, forced marriages, and physical and psychological abuse. HRW wants the Kyrgyz… Read more »

Chennai’s First Transgender Talk-show host ‘Rose’ Gives a Voice to Sexual Minorities

When Rose speaks, Tamil Nadu stops to listen. Perhaps it is the air of nonchalant confidence that she exudes, or it is her perceptive mind that dissects tangled and tricky issues, making them straight and simple. Rose’s reasoning works. And the fact that she is not afraid to delve into any issue, be it workplace… Read more »

Confusion over Kazakhstan’s first ever Pride parade

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Association in Kazakhstan has announced it intends to hold a parade in the city of Almaty on June 21st. However, a city official said the announcement is either a hoax or “a provocative scheme.” Sergei Kuyanov, the press secretary of the municipal administration, told Interfax news agency: “(We) have… Read more »

Police storm international meeting for gay rights in Kyrgyzstan

Human rights groups have highlighted the plight of the LGBT community in Kyrgyzstan after a police raid on a leading gay rights group. Police forced their way into the premises of the LGBT group Labrys, which was in the midst of hosting a dinner for 30 domestic and international advocates. Members of the Kyrgyz Anti-AIDS… Read more »

Gay Malaysia News & Reports 1999-2007

  Also see: Islam and Homosexuality More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: Other articles of interest can be found at: Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah Gay Islam discussion groups: 1 The Apartheid of Homosexuality 6/99 2 Sordid Trial Shows Hypocrisy of Making Sexuality a… Read more »

Buddhism and Homosexuality

Buddhism and Homosexuality 1 Homosexuality and Theravada Buddhism 2003 2 Will gay marriage be allowed by Buddhists in Thailand? 7/05 3 Homosexuality, Buddhism and Sri Lankan Society 8/07 1 Homosexuality and Theravada Buddhism 2003 by A. L. De Silva Buddhism teaches to, and expects from, its followers a certain level of ethical behaviour. The minimum… Read more »

Gay Indonesia News & Reports 2004-08

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: Other articles of interest can be found at: Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah Gay Islam discussion groups: Gay Bali Rainbow Travel Agency 1 Indonesian movie breaks sexual taboos 1/04 2 Gay Screen Kiss… Read more »

Kyrgyzstani group publishes homosexuality information

The publication of a brochure about homosexuality in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has drawn attention to the discrimination lesbian, trans and bisexual people in the country face. However, the head of Bishkek mosque condemned the publication. “If there is no reaction to it, then our society has truly sunken below the level of… Read more »

More Toddlers Infected With HIV In Kyrgyzstan Scandal

Bishkek – The latest cases involve children who are 2 and 3 years old and were found after an analysis of blood samples from the southern city of Osh where the outbreak occurred, Erkin Bakiev of the regional AIDS center said. Health Ministry officials in the former Soviet republic have accused medical staff of accidentally… Read more »

LBT Organization in Kyrgyzstan

Press conference about brochure on homosexuality in Kyrgyzstan On 8 October “Labrys” presented the brochure on homosexuality in Kyrgyzstan written for the first time in Kyrgyz language. The target audience was the Kyrgyz society in general, which, we thought, needed undistorted and clear information about homo and bisexuals, homophobia and discrimination. We also addressed the… Read more »

Kyrgyzstan lesbian community print information brochure

A social organisation for lesbian, trans and bisexual people in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has taken its first steps toward wider acceptance by publishing a brochure about homosexuality. Representatives of Labris told a press conference in the capital Bishkek that Homosexuality: A Kyrgyzstan Reality has an initial print run of 1,000 copies, half… Read more »

Being Gay in Kazakhstan–a Personal Plea

I tel u the truth–being gay in Kazakhstan, one of the leading Muslim countries, is terrible. I mean, if u r not straight, u r nothing, at least. The worst part is that I am being prosecuted, threatened and bullied every time. For now, I am in the USA right now: I am studying here.… Read more »

From Genghis Khan to the cult of the cut sleeves

I stumbled across a story today that I found interesting and thought I’d share it with our readers. Researchers have reconstructed Genghis Khan’s code of laws and found that homosexuality was punishable by death. Homosexual acts were punishable by death under Genghis Khan’s rule, according to researchers who spent more than a year compiling the… Read more »

Lesbian From Turkmenistan Wins Asylum In US

New York City – A lesbian from the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan has been granted asylum in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security. The woman, whose name is being withheld because of fears of reprisal by the Turkmenistan government against family members still in the country, had entered the country on… Read more »

Frugal Traveler: Into the Mountains of Kyrgyzstan

“Chut!” Bakut yelled as he yanked the horse’s bridle. “Move!” His cries echoed off the mountains around us, a threatening desert landscape I’d only ever seen in Wile E. Coyote cartoons. But the horse would not budge; it had found a safe spot on the perilously steep and sandy slope, and was not coming down… Read more »

An American Lesbian in Central Asia–Interview and Personal Commentary

American Lesbian(AL): Dear GlobalGayz, I found your stories about Afghanistan to be of interest because I myself spent the past year living in Central Asia and have observed similar homoerotic behavior among my Central Asian (male) roommates. I also was many times at loss between what constituted as play, bullying, and true homoeroticism. I believe… Read more »

LABRYS (lesbian organization) survives crisis in Kyrgyzstan

Since the elections the Central Asian republic has been in the news continuously. We have all seen the demonstrations and plundering in Bishkek and other cities. No one could imagine that the people of Kyrgyzstan would take the matter in their own hands. But what has been the effect of all this on our colleagues… Read more »

Kyrgyzstan: Focus on gay and lesbian rights

Bishkek – Kyrgyzstan is known as an island of gay tolerance in an otherwise oppressive region. Some gay people come here from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, where homosexuality is punishable by law, in search of a more favourable and accepting environment. The number of gay and lesbian groups in the country is growing as a consequence.… Read more »

Tajikistan: Gay rights face uphill struggle

Dushanbe,(IRIN) – Efforts to advocate the rights of the gay community in Tajikistan, including HIV/AIDS awareness, face an uphill battle given traditional Islamic values and a general intolerance towards homosexuality. “Tajikistan is a conservative Muslim country. Such subjects are not easily spoken about,” Kiromiddin Gulov, coordinator for the local NGO, Legal Support for Youth, one… Read more »

Do Monks Have Sex?

This essay is a shorter version of a talk given to GBF When I agreed to speak to the Gay Buddhist Fellowship in February, I hoped for a topic which offered listeners support for their Buddhist practice. I told my teacher, Geshe Yeshe Phegey, that I’d decided to pose the question, “Do monks have sex… Read more »

“According to Buddhist Tradition”: Gays, Lesbians and the Definition of Sexual Misconduct

Leaving the Fairmount Hotel in San Francisco, having just met with the Dalai Lama, the words, “according to Buddhist tradition” reverberated in my head. Stepping out into the June sunlight, I felt tired, calm, enormously grateful-and disappointed. I was grateful for the Dalai Lama’s willingness to meet with gays and lesbians to discuss their concerns… Read more »