Category Archives: Asia

LGBTI activists optimistic about new Sri Lankan leaders

LGBTI activists in Sri Lanka hope that a new group of reform-minded leaders who took office early this month will move the country closer to repeal of its ancient anti-gay law. “We are confident they will do the right thing,” … Continue reading

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European Parliament urges Kyrgyzstan to drop anti-LGBTI bill

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights reports: In a resolution adopted today, the European Parliament calls on Kyrgyzstan to reject a bill which would censor information on LGBTI issues. The draft law would punish the dissemination of information “aimed … Continue reading

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12 grim lands, 7 bright spots in LGBTI preview of 2015

As debate over LGBTI rights continues worldwide in 2015, progress has been made in at least seven of the 76-plus countries with laws against homosexuality.  In another 12 countries, the situation is grim and could get worse. Below are previews … Continue reading

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At least 587 LGBTI arrested in India in 2014

New Delhi media reported that 778 cases were registered and 587 people arrested under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in 2014 according to Home Ministry statistics. These statistics were gathered starting one month after the December 2013 judgement … Continue reading

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LGBT fear sharia in Indonesia’s Aceh district

Homosexual acts are not a crime in Indonesia’s criminal code but it remains taboo in many religiously conservative parts of the country, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, and particularly in Aceh province where Sharia law prevails. The Reuters news … Continue reading

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Bangladesh survey finds homosexuals live in fear

The Dhaka Tribune reported that in Bangladesh, a new survey reached 751 self-identified homosexuals and revealed that lesbians, gays and bisexuals live in fear.   The survey was done as part of a needs assessment by Boys of Bangladesh, a support … Continue reading

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Ongoing fight for trans rights in Malaysia

By Ruby Pratka Transgender people in Malaysia may soon have fewer legal barriers to expressing their gender freely, thanks to a recent ruling in a state appeals court. The Malaysia Court of Appeal in the city of Putrajaya ruled last … Continue reading

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