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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: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be found at: groups.yahoo.com/group/al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah Gay Islam discussion groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimgaymen     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lgbtmuslim http://groups.yahoo.com/group/queerjihad          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bimuslims http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transmuslims       http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lesbianmuslims 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 Indonesia News & Reports 2004-08

Also see: Islam and Homosexuality More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be found at: groups.yahoo.com/group/al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah Gay Islam discussion groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimgaymen     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lgbtmuslim http://groups.yahoo.com/group/queerjihad          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bimuslims http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transmuslims       http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lesbianmuslims Gay Bali Rainbow Travel Agency 1 Indonesian movie breaks sexual taboos 1/04 2 Gay Screen Kiss… 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 Malaysia News & Reports 1999-2007

  Also see: Islam and Homosexuality More information about Islam & Homosexuality can be found at: www.al-fatiha.org Other articles of interest can be found at: groups.yahoo.com/group/al-fatiha-news Queer Muslim magazine: Huriyah Gay Islam discussion groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimgaymen     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lgbtmuslim http://groups.yahoo.com/group/queerjihad          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bimuslims http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transmuslims       http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lesbianmuslims 1 The Apartheid of Homosexuality 6/99 2 Sordid Trial Shows Hypocrisy of Making Sexuality a… 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 »