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Gay sex to be banned in Indonesia – but it’s ‘not discriminatory,’ say lawmakers

Gay sex is set to be made illegal in Indonesia. The country’s new criminal code, which includes a prohibition on homosexual acts, is currently being discussed in the House of Representatives, with a goal of passing it into law later this year. ? Arsul Sani, a member of the People’s Representative Council which is forming… Read more »

Same-sex couples tie the knot in Cambodia in a stunning public ceremony

There were smiles all around as the same-sex couples felt proud to show off their relationships in public Same-sex couples in Cambodia declared their commitment to each other in a colorful public ceremony. They wanted to help raise awareness about LGBTI rights. The couples entered into Cambodia’s version of civil partnership known as the Declaration… Read more »

Malaysia Begins Blocking Online AIDS/HIV and LGBT Travel Information

TMNet, a Malaysian Internet Service provider, has begun tampering with Internet DNS domain names to prevent users in Malaysia from accessing HIV/AIDS and LGBT travel information online. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia In an unprecedented move for a multi-cultural tourism destination, Malaysia has begun to block Internet access to public information about HIV/AIDS and LGBT travel, effecting… Read more »

LGBT Supporters Rally In Tbilisi, Despite Fears Of Violence

Tbilisi – Several dozen people have marched in the Georgian capital to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), despite fears of potential clashes with opponents. Police in Tbilisi were on high alert on May 17 even after an event commemorating IDAHOTB was canceled to avoid a confrontation with marchers expected to take… Read more »

Pakistan Passes Historic Transgender Rights Bill

Pakistan’s parliament passed a landmark bill on Tuesday that gives the country’s transgender citizens fundamental rights. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act allows people to choose their gender and to have that identity recognized on official documents, including national IDs, passports and driver’s licenses. The bill also prohibits discrimination in schools, at work, on… Read more »

With the theme ‘love and equality,’ this year’s march saw the biggest attendance yet.

Some 7,000 people attended Tokyo Rainbow Pride in Japan this weekend, up from 5,000 in 2016, according to organizers. “Everyone is equal in love. We seek no special rights, but the same thing, the same way. The freedom to love. That basic freedom is what we want to achieve,” organizers told Pink News. Some 37… Read more »

A transgender paradox in the Philippines

Maria Respondo: Angel Cabaluna dusted makeup onto her thighs, styled her hair in loose curls and applied smoky eye shadow that glittered on her lids. As this hamlet of cornfields and concrete houses prepared for festivities honouring its patron saint, and as some people gathered in prayer, Cabaluna, 20, was primping to compete in an… Read more »

A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines

Maria Respondo, Philippines — Angel Cabaluna dusted makeup onto her thighs, styled her hair in loose curls and applied smoky eye shadow that glittered on her lids. As this hamlet of cornfields and concrete houses prepared for festivities honoring its patron saint, and as some people gathered in prayer, Ms. Cabaluna, 20, was primping to… Read more »

Thailand introduces landmark same-sex civil partnerships bill

Thailand’s government has introduced a bill to legalise same-sex civil partnerships. The landmark move would make Thailand only the second country in Asia – after Taiwan – to officially recognise same-sex couples. ? Last year, the highest court in Taiwan stated that restricting unions to heterosexual couples was unconstitutional, and ruled that same-sex marriage would… Read more »

A 33-year-old hotelier is taking the fight for gay rights to India’s supreme court

One of India’s top hoteliers has decided to take the fight for the decriminalisation of gay sex to India’s top court. Keshav Suri, executive director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, filed a petition with the supreme court on April 23 challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalises a consensual relationship… Read more »

Pakistan opens first transgender school

Founders hope vocational courses will enable marginalised community to find acceptance Pakistan’s first-ever school for transgender students has welcomed its first students this week. Around 40 adult students at the Gender Guardian School in Lahore are studying vocational courses in eight fields, including graphic design, cookery and fashion design. The pioneering institute aims to provide… Read more »

Gay men will no longer be whipped in public in Indonesia

Gay sex in Indonesia will not be publicly punished with lashings anymore – but men will still receive the punishment behind closed doors. Aceh, the only region of the secular country where Sharia law is in effect, will continue to conduct the barbaric practice, which saw two men caned 83 times last year for consensual… Read more »

Japan’s Fukuoka Begins Registering Same Sex Couples

Seventh municipality in Japan begins registering LGBT couples, continuing march to greater equality in the country. Southwest Japan’s Fukuoka Municipal Government on Monday began recognizing LGBT couples this week, becoming the seventh municipality in the country to offer such registrations after Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward began in 2015. Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima handed the first official… Read more »

Same-sex couples officially recognized in one of Japan’s big cities

Lots of couples flocked to have their relationships registered in just the first few days Same-sex couples can now register their relationship in Fukuoka, one of Japan’s biggest cities. Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima made the announcement about the good news in February. But now everything is up and running for the partnership oath system which… Read more »

Vietnam’s sex industry and the sticky subject of legalizing it

‘Sex workers should have the right to make a living, contribute to society, and enjoy welfare in terms of healthcare and education.’ Vietnamese officials have expressed their concerns about the complicated nature of recognizing prostitution as a job. Despite being illegal in Vietnam, prostitutes can still be found all over the country’s biggest cities, and… Read more »

4 People Facing 100 Lashes For Alleged Gay Sex In Indonesia

Banda Aceh, Indonesia – Rights activists called on Tuesday for Indonesia’s Aceh province to release four people detained on suspicion of having homosexual sex, amid concerns over the persecution of the LGBT community in the world’s third-largest democracy. Secular Indonesia is predominantly Muslim but ultra-conservative Aceh is the only province to follow sharia, or Islamic… Read more »

Indonesian man and transgender woman could be caned 100 times for ‘having gay sex’

An Indonesian man and a transgender woman have been arrested for ‘having gay sex’. The pair face being sentenced to receive up to 100 lashes if convicted. ? Local residents reportedly broke into a hair salon in Aceh – the only region of the Muslim-majority country where Sharia law is in effect and gay sex… Read more »

Trans violence widespread in Cambodia

Senrith Sereyroth remembers with horrifying clarity the day she was gang-raped. It was in 2005, 10 years after Sereyroth, a transgender woman, began working in the sex trade. Standing near Independence Monument, she was approached by two men with $10. They took her to an unknown location, where 10 men were waiting. “When they realised… Read more »

Paata Sabelashvili on Drugs & the LGBT Community

Exclusive Interview Politicians, journalists, and civil society observers covering the theme of drug use, in conjunction with the LGBT community in Georgia, are very familiar with the ‘White Noise Movement,’ which stems from anti-drug legislations which put drug users for small offenses behind bars for years. For consuming only a small amount of marijuana, Paata… Read more »

Pakistan’s first transgender news anchor Marvia Malik: ‘I struggled a lot to be accepted’

Marvia Malik is Pakistan’s first transgender news presenter. In a DW interview, Malik says she had to work hard to break taboos and finally be accepted by a society that discriminates against transgender people. DW: Congratulations on becoming Pakistan’s first transgender news presenter. How has the news been received in Pakistan? Marvia Malik: The response… Read more »

The ruins of Bangladesh’s LGBT community

What was once a fledgling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka is now destroyed. In 2014 and 2015 the Bangladeshi gay scene was cautiously becoming more open. ‘Rainbow Rally’ pride parades were held and a gay magazine called Roopbaan was in print. But the LGBT community has since… Read more »

Indonesia is rounding up transgender women and sending them to rehab

Transgender women in Indonesia are being rounded up and forced to go to rehabilitation centres, according to reports. The Jakarta Social Agency prompted the wave of detentions by classifying trans women as people who have social dysfunctional traits, according to The Jakarta Post. ? Chaidir, head of rehabilitation affairs at the agency, said it regularly… Read more »

Pakistan’s transgender community takes another step forward

Despite help from Supreme Court decisions, members of sexual minority say, on the ground, progress often feels distant. Lahore, Pakistan – In her twenties, Jannat Ali dreamt of walking outside as a woman. Society, however, wanted her to live in one of two gender boxes. But she never fully identified with either. “I always felt… Read more »

Fear and horror among Indonesia’s LGBT community as gay sex ban looms

(CNN) – When Ael left home to go to school in Jakarta, his parents warned him to be careful in the big city. “Be a kind person,” his mother told him. He worked hard and found a good job as a teacher in the sprawling Indonesian capital, but seven years later the 23-year-old is fearful… Read more »

India Gets Another Chance Protecting Transgender Rights

Revised Legislation Would Secure Legal Recognition The Indian government will introduce a revised Transgender Persons Bill in the session of parliament beginning March 5. The legislation promises to enshrine the hard-fought battle for legal recognition and access to social services for India’s transgender community – rights long denied. An earlier draft of the bill, introduced… Read more »

HIV diagnoses have rocketed 3,147% over 10 years in the Philippines

Newly released figures from the Filippino health department have revealed that the number of HIV diagnoses has rocketed 3,147 percent over the past ten years in the country. In 2007, there were just 342 new cases recorded but in 2017 11,103 new cases were recorded. ? The figures took a 20 percent jump from 2016… Read more »

Indonesia is considering making extramarital and gay sex illegal, and the UN calls it ‘hateful’

Indonesia’s parliament is currently deliberating revisions to its criminal code, including proposals to outlaw sex outside marriage, same-sex relations, and co-habitation. The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday criticized the proposal as “hateful.” Currently, Indonesian law does not regulate homosexuality, except in the ultra-conservative Islamic province of Aceh. Jakarta (Reuters) – The United Nations… Read more »

India’s only openly gay prince discusses coming out and turning his pink palace into a centre for at-risk LGBT+ people

‘People in the community tell me their mothers have threatened to kill themselves if they are gay. They do not want their mother to jump into a well so they are pressured to get married,’ says Prince Manvendra Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil might have grown up in a vast and opulent rococo palace in prosperous… Read more »

Male-to-Male Sex in Myanmar: A Curse Engendered by Poverty

Shadows in the night-time glow of Yangon’s magnificent, gold leaf-encrusted Sule Pagoda, several men stroll the Sule Bridge. One is Kyaw Zayar Swe, dressed in jeans with two shining studs in his right ear rather than the traditional longyi. He makes small talk with an old customer. A tourist next to the two, taking photos… Read more »

Indonesian Parliament to Propose Banning Gay Sex, Adultery

Indonesia’s Parliament is drafting proposed revisions to the national criminal code to prohibit all extramarital and same-gender relations, prompting outrage among activists decrying the attack on the LGBT community. Proposals are expected to be finalized in the next several weeks. The draft aims to ban extramarital sex, same-gender relations and cohabitation, all of which were… Read more »

Despite legal hurdles, Cambodia’s LGBT couples are adopting – and changing minds

When Heng Ny laughs, hundreds of lines run across his face. Sitting in front of his simple house with cats and chickens at his feet, discussing his relationship is what brings out a smile. He and his wife seem like an average couple, but one thing is different: Ny is transgender. Although they now live… Read more »

Queer Asia: a hot new docu-series exploring LGBTI life in the region

Taiwan’s first out gay singer will be one of the hosts of the show Asia’s first LGBT streaming service is going from strength to strength and has created original queer content. Queer Taiwan is the first LGBT original series produced by GagaOOLala which launched last year. The show is a docu-series taking a look at… Read more »

The Khmer LGBTIQ+ Experience

A Special Session Of The 7th ILGA Asia Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Dec 4 – 8, 2017). Presented by APCOM in partnership with the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh Click here for the PDF with all the info on teh conference Source – APCOM.org

Pakistan’s Transgender Women, Long Marginalized, Mobilize For Rights

In a Muslim shrine in Lahore’s ancient quarter, men and women pray around the tomb of a local saint. They hurl garlands and flower petals toward the tomb, each from their own, gender-segregated side: men from the left, women from the right. On each side, transgender women lead the believers in song. Among the men,… Read more »

‘Boys For Sale’: The Dark World Of Japan’s Gay Prostitution

Although technically not illegal, gay prostitution remains cloaked in secrecy, and a new film reveals the ‘boys’ themselves often have no idea about the health risks they are taking It took the creators of the documentary Boys For Sale more than a year to fully win the confidence of the male prostitutes, owners of gay… Read more »

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 »