Cambodia’s government says it has a good record on LGBTI issues

HIV rates are on the rise among LGBTI people Cambodia’s Human Rights Committee says it has done a lot to help LGBTI people. The CHRC’s director, Keo Remy, made the comments at a special event on the weekend. The event marked the ten year anniversary of LGBTI organization, Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK). Remy said Cambodia’s… Read more »

Azerbaijan is the worst place to be LGBTI in Europe and here’s why

Stonewall 50: Javid Nabiyev is a gay activist who had to flee Azerbaijan and now tells his story Let’s imagine a society where you live with such a frightful secret that if you are to reveal it, your family could disown you. The neighbors will call you sick and look at you as a source… Read more »

Why legalising gay sex in India is not a Western idea

The decriminalisation of gay sex was arguably the biggest news story of 2018 in India. So, it wasn’t surprising when it became a hotly debated topic at one of the year-end parties I recently attended in Delhi. The common consensus was that the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a colonial-era law has pushed the… Read more »

Turning a Chinese classic into a look at the gay scene in Taiwan’s capital

The Story of the Stone gives a raw portrayal of Taipei’s LGBTI scene with a modern take on a classic Chinese love story It’s a Happy New Year feast for the eyes with Taiwan’s recent addition to Asia’s leading LGBTI film streaming service. The Story of the Stone is now available on LGBTI film streaming… Read more »

Trans people held the first ever trans pride march in Pakistan

Transgender people and their allies took to the streets of Lahore Transgender people gathered in Lahore for the first ever trans pride march in Pakistan this weekend. Taking place on Saturday (29th December), transgender people and their allies took to the streets in support of trans rights. The event kicked off with a press conference… Read more »

A LGBTI activist in Malaysia speaks out

Interview: LGBTI rights advocate Numan Afifi discusses how entrenched homophobia is in Malaysia A 96-second video of an apparent homophobic attack has been circulating in Malaysia this week. A group of individuals verbally abuse, then violently attack, two men. The group accused the two of having a sexual encounter in a car. A Malaysia-based LGBTI… Read more »

Same-sex couples to sue Japan’s government over marriage equality

The 10 same-sex couples say that not recognizing marriage equality in unconstitutional Ten same-sex couples in Japan are planning to file a lawsuit against the government for not recognizing marriage equality. The couples’ lawsuit states that the government’s position on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, The Japan Times reports. The suit refers to a passage in… Read more »

Malaysian LGBTI rights group calls for investigation into homophobic attack video

A video circulating in Malaysia appears to show a group attacking two men for allegedly having sex in a car An LGBTI rights group has called on the Malaysian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into an apparent homophobic attack. The Pelangi Campaign has requested police to look into a video that appears to show… Read more »

Thailand cabinet approves the first draft of same-sex civil union bill

What does it mean for the local LGBTI community? Thailand is moving forward in recognizing same-sex couples. Today the cabinet approved the first draft of a bill regulating civil partnerships. This paves the way for Thailand to become the first country in Asia to endorse same-sex marriage. In the current version of the bill, same-sex… Read more »

Protests against transgender bill erupt in India

Transgender protesters gathered outside the town hall in Bengaluru Transgender Indians on Wednesday (19 December) protested against a bill claiming to protect their rights. India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill on Monday. But, the transgender community has slammed it. They claim it infringes their rights… Read more »

Gay Singaporean man wins landmark appeal to adopt surrogate child

A gay Singaporean man has won a landmark court case which will allow him to adopt a child he fathered through a surrogate. The man, 46, and his long-term partner carried out the process in the US at a cost of $200,000 (£159,000), as surrogacy is illegal in Singapore. He tried to legally adopt the… Read more »

Trans woman beaten to death in Malaysia

She suffered 32 different injuries including a fractured skull A gang of men beat a transgender woman to death in the city of Klang in Malaysia, according to local media. The 32-year-old woman died from injuries caused by blunt weapons on Wednesday (12 December) night, the Star Online reports. A local police chief told the… Read more »

LGBTI ‘exorcisms’ on the rise in Indonesia

Religious conversion therapy can include being dunked in cold water and forced to eat ash Islamic exorcisms of LGBTI Indonesians are on the rise in Indonesia. Known as ruqyah, the practice uses prayers and, at times, physical torture to drive out evil spirits. Medical experts denounce conversion therapies because they cause serious psychological damage. Dede… Read more »

Almost 4,000 same-sex couples have registered in Taiwan

Almost 4,000 same-sex couples have registered in Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Interior. This figure comes after Taiwan voted against the constitutional legalization of same-sex marriage in a referendum on 24 November. A total of 3,951 same-sex couples registered over a period of three-and-a-half years. While LGBTI rights activists said that the increasing number… Read more »

The first Bangalore pride since decriminalization of homosexuality was epic

The photos of a mum and her gay son dressed in rainbow saris are beautiful One of India’s major Pride marches has wrapped up in Bangalore as revellers celebrated this year’s historic decision to decriminalize homosexuality. Thousands of people joined the 11th Namma Pride parade and danced in the streets in colorful outfits to celebrate… Read more »

Doctor to face High Court for giving electric shocks to gay people in India

Dr PK Gupta thought homosexuality was a ‘genetic mental disorder’ The Delhi High Court in India has ordered a doctor who allegedly gave gay and lesbian people electric shocks to convert them to face it. The court summoned Dr PK Gupta to face charges of violating norms and contravening the Indian Medical Council Act. Gupta… Read more »

India held its first androgynous fashion show and it looked amazing

Organizers wanted the event in Jaipur to bring gender diversity into mainstream society The inaugural Feronia Fashion Night celebrated gender diversity with androgynous collections by established and up-and-coming designers. Organizer Shruti Drolia told Gay Star News the night ‘aimed to avoid gender stereotypes ingrained in our society’. After contemplating the everyday fear gender-diverse people face,… Read more »

Trans candidate in India polls says she was held at knifepoint, drugged

Chandramukhi Muvvala went missing for 36 hours last week but has vowed to continue her election bid The only transgender candidate in the Telangana Assembly election in India said she was abducted at knifepoint and possibly drugged last week. Chandramukhi Muvvala has, however, vowed to continue campaigning, according to ‘Though this may affect my… Read more »

Thailand Considers Same-Sex Partnership Bill

Bangkok — Thailand’s government is considering a proposed Life Partnership Bill, which would guarantee same-sex couples rights similar to couples in traditional marriages, including the use of one’s spouse’s surname, property rights and the right to end the partnership. The move is seen as a milestone in efforts to improve legal rights for those in… Read more »

Trans Indian makes history at Delhi bodybuilding competition

Lawyer Aryan Pasha said it was his ‘dream’ to participate in the male category Indian trans hunk Aryan Pasha made history this weekend by taking second place at the Musclemania bodybuilding competition in Delhi. Aryan Pasha, an accomplished lawyer, competed in the Men’s Physique (Short) category. ‘It was my dream to participate in Men’s category’… Read more »

2018 Asia Pacific HERO Awards celebrate LGBTI advocacy

LGBTI rights activists and HIV campaigners from the Asia-Pacific gather in Bangkok to recognition for decades of advocacy work LGBTI rights workers, campaigners for HIV prevention and community health workers were honored at the 2018 Asia Pacific HERO Awards ceremony on Friday (30 November). The awards gala, which was scheduled to coincide with World AIDS… Read more »

Pakistan opens first ward offering separate treatment for transgender patients

The specialist ward comes amid an ‘endemic’ of violence against Pakistan’s transgender community A specialist hospital ward to offer treatment for transgender patients has opened in Pakistan. The ward in capital city Islamabad will offer members of the transgender community free treatment with specialist doctors focussing on the treatment of transgender patients. The ward’s inauguration… Read more »

First drivers license given to trans woman in Islamabad, Pakistan

‘The winds of change… will be entering into other parts of Pakistan now’ After complaining to the police chief that trans people faced too many hurdles in trying to get drivers licenses, a trans woman has become the first to get one in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. Laila Ali had approached Inspector General of Islamabad Police… Read more »

Gay Chinese teacher loses case for unfair dismissal

A labor arbitration committee in Qingdao rejected the teacher’s claims he was fired for being gay A labor arbitration committee in Qingdao, China, last week ruled against a gay teacher who sued a kindergarten. He claims he was fired for being gay. Taking the pseudonym Ming Yue, he said parents of students at his previous… Read more »

Same-sex marriage vote is tearing families apart in Taiwan

Generational differences have divided the country as Taiwan heads to the polls to vote on LGBTI rights LGBTI rights supporters in Taiwan have spent the last week clashing with older relatives as the country heads towards a referendum on equal marriage. Taiwan residents will vote on whether the country’s Civil Code should recognize equal marriage… Read more »

Dozens of men attack two transgender Indonesians in West Java

More than 50 men stripped, hit in the chest, and cut the hair of two waria in the latest attack on the LGBTI community in Indonesia A gang of dozens of men attacked two transgender women in Bekasi, West Java on Monday (19 November). It comes amid increasing hostility against LGBTI people in Indonesia. The… Read more »

Hong Kong’s politicians vote against law for same-sex civil unions

Hong Kong needs same-sex civil unions to help protect the rights of LGBTI couples Hong Kong’s lawmakers have voted against a motion which would have set into motion a debate on legalizing same-sex unions. The city’s only openly gay legislator, Ray Chan, introduced the motion into the Legislative Council on Thursday afternoon (22 November). But… Read more »

LGBTI migrant workers step out for their rights in Hong Kong

Migrant workers face a lot of discrimination in Hong Kong and it can be worse if they’re LGBTI A coalition of LGBT migrant workers made themselves heard in central Hong Kong. Migrants’ Pride was held where the headquarters of many global firms and international banks are located. More than a protest, than a pride parade,… Read more »

Ten of the best photos from Miss First Nation Taiwan beauty pageant

Taiwan celebrated its aboriginal drag queens this weekend in the capital, Taipei Drag artiste Rose Mary was crowned Miss First Nation Taiwan in the inaugural drag beauty pageant in Taipei on Saturday (10 November). The event saw four drag queens from Taiwan’s aboriginal community battle it out for the crown. ‘I did something I considered… Read more »

LGBTI Vietnamese pedal for rights at Hanoi Pride

People in Vietnam’s capital took to their bikes to push for trans rights and same-sex marriage in the country More than 1,000 people joined the Hanoi Pride parade on Sunday (11 November). The parade is unique in Asia, with LGBTI supporters getting on their bikes to peddle for rights. Bicycles, scooters, and rickshaws bedecked in… Read more »

Thousands protest LGBTI community in Bogor, Indonesia

‘LGBT is very contagious and dangerous for the nation’s generations’ one of the organizers said Thousands of anti-LGBTI protesters marched on the Mayor’s Office in Bogor, Indonesia on Friday (9 November). The rally, organized by Muslim groups, pressured Bogor’s mayor to ban LGBTI people from the city on Java island. Chairman of the Anti-LGBT Bogor… Read more »

Police arrest 10 ‘suspected lesbians’ after two women hug in Facebook photo

The LGBTI crackdown in Indonesia is intensifying again Indonesia’s ongoing crackdown on the LGBTI community has intensified with the arrest of 10 ‘suspected lesbian’ women. Police in Padang, West Sumatra arrested the 10 women after someone reported them for being LGBTI. The person saw a photo of of one of the women kissing and hugging… Read more »

Runners inspire LGBT Community to be visible in Hong Kong after fourth place finish at The Great Relay

Hong Kong has seen a number of positive developments in relation to sporting activities even if political developments and LGBT rights have lagged behind. With OutRunners offering members of the LGBT community an active outlet if they want more than just clubs and bars, in combination with the establishment of “Out in Hong Kong”, which… Read more »

Myanmar is arresting people for being gay under colonial-era sodomy law

Two people have recently been charged under Section 377, a law advocates say was rarely enforced At least two recent arrests of LGBTI Myanmar citizens using the country’s anti-gay law has shaken the community. Police have reportedly charged a local restaurant owner and a make-up artist, who both reportedly identify as gay, in the last… Read more »

Hong Kong Pride will push for LGBTI equality at the largest march to date

Organizers are calling for a law addressing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status Organizers expect record attendance at this year’s Hong Kong Pride parade. The annual march in the autonomous territory in southeastern China takes place on Saturday 17 November. The theme is Call for the Law, Equality for… Read more »

LGBTI Christian group forced to cancel event in Armenia after death threats

Armenia is the second worst country in Europe for LGBTI rights An LGBTI Christian group canceled an upcoming event in Armenia after receiving violence and death threats. The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups and the ‘New Generation’ Humanitarian NGO scheduled a four-day conference in Armenia’s capital Yerevan, starting 15 November. However, in the last… Read more »

Thailand’s lesbian tennis player wins big

Luksika Kumkhum, who just won the Mumbai Open, is one of only four out LGBTI professional tennis players Thailand’s only openly gay professional tennis player, Luksika Kumkhum, is making an impact at home and abroad after a big win on Sunday (4 November). She beat Russia’s Irina Khromacheva, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, in a nearly four-hour… Read more »

Thailand marching towards recognizing same-sex unions by the end of 2018

Thailand’s cabinet will consider the Life Partnership bill later this month, possibly making Thailand the first place in Asia to recognize same-sex unions Thailand’s military government is holding public consultations on same-sex unions and may pass legislation before the end of the year. The Life Partnership bill could be considered by cabinet by the end… Read more »

Gay man with HIV charged under Myanmar sodomy law

Yangon, Myanmar — The LGBTI community in Myanmar has demand fair media coverage of a gay man with HIV who is charged under the controversial Penal Code 377 for allegedly committing sexual abuse against one of his employees. The accused, Aung Myo Htut, aka Addy Chen, is an outspoken LGBTI rights advocates and commonly known… Read more »

‘No limits’ Beijing queer film festival returns this weekend

The 13th edition of mainland China’s longest-running LGBTI film festival opens with Birds in Mire by Zhang Wanlin Fans of queer Asia cinema are in for a treat this weekend as the week-long Beijing queer film festival opens in China’s capital. The festival, now known as Love Queer Cinema Week, returns for its 11th edition… Read more »