Category Archives: Asia

Kyrgyzstan plea: Please help oppose anti-gay bill

As reported in June, Kyrgyzstan has moved to the verge of aligning itself more closely with Russia by making it a crime to say anything positive about homosexuality. The Kyrgyz bill is harsher than Russia’s law, because it would apply … Continue reading

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‘Umbrellas of Love’ for Commonwealth’s LGBT outcasts

For the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, artist/activist Vince Laws is preparing an artistic protest against anti-gay laws in 41 out of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth represents countries that formerly were part of the British … Continue reading

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Gay Iranian author flees to Turkey

Gay Asia News and the Daily Beast report: An Iranian poet and writer harassed, blacklisted and arrested for being gay has been forced into exile by the Islamic regime in Iran for alluding to same-sex relations in his work. Payam … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka: 10 years of work for LGBTIQ rights and health

By Rosanna Flamer-Caldera and Denis LeBlanc The Sri Lankan LGBTIQ group Equal Ground celebrated its 10th anniversary on June 10 with a special event at the Goethe Institute in Colombo. The organization works to overcome the challenges that the LGBTIQ community … Continue reading

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Kyrgyzstan on the verge of adopting harsh anti-gay law

Kyrgyzstan is on the verge of aligning itself more closely with Russia by making it a crime to say anything positive about homosexuality, as well as  by strengthening economic ties. The anti-gay Kyrgyz bill, approved last week by the Parliament’s … Continue reading

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Malaysian anti-gay bias ban might lose soon, win later

Malaysia’s National Harmony and Reconciliation Bill 2014, which is in a draft stage, is facing a backlash from politicians opposed to outlawing discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation, said attorney Lim Chee Wee. As a result, the bill’s … Continue reading

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India: Growing LGBTI openness, despite legal setback

In at least one city in India, the LGBTI community has become more open, reports the Times of India and the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.  This openness comes at a time when Indian LGBTI activists hope they can … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Support overwhelms 16 jailed trans women

Their ordeal isn’t over, but 16 transgender women arrested June 8 for allegedly violating the Malaysian syariah (sharia) law against “men posing as women” expressed deep gratitude for an outpouring of support for their cause. After Justice for Sisters, an … Continue reading

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Malaysia: 17 transwomen arrested, seek $ to avoid prison

Seventeen transgender women were arrested in Malaysia on June 8 for allegedly violating the law against “men posing as women,” reports Justice for Sisters, an organization supporting LGBT rights in Malaysia. The arrests took place at a wedding celebration in … Continue reading

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Update: LGBTI Pakistanis mourn 6 serial killer victims

Although they were in mourning,  the LGBTI communities in Pakistan this year celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT) for the first time. The events came in the wake of distressing news about the murders of three gay … Continue reading

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