Category Archives: Asia

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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India, one year as criminals

In solidarity with India’s struggle for justice and rights, and to honour the one year anniversary of the India Supreme Court decision to re-criminalise LGBT people, we republish the Orinam Section 377 news release. In India, on December 11, public protests … Continue reading

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Asia-Pacific: Inadequate funds for HIV help for gays

The Jakarta Post in Indonesia, reported yesterday on the recent report by the World Health Organisation that urges nations to put key populations at the heart of their HIV/AIDS response.  In the article, an activist comments there is inadequate financial … Continue reading

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167 transgender women detained, then released in India

NLS Queer Alliance reported that some 167 members of the transgender community have been detained in two days in Karnataka state in South West India. The community quickly responded and organised a protest in response yesterday, November 26, at the … Continue reading

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New fund aims to help Iranian LGBT community

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has launched a fund aimed at supporting the emerging Iranian LGBT community and addressing LGBT human rights violations in Iran. The goal is to support: Advocacy, research or outreach projects to  … Continue reading

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Exposing persection of LGBT individuals in Iraq

Editor’s Note: We are re-publishing here today’s press release from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)  announcing the launch of two new briefings on violence and abuse of LGBT individuals in Iraq. The two reports are available for download on … Continue reading

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Trans Malaysians win court fight over cross-dressing ban

The Jakarta Globe in Indonesia reported today: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — A Malaysian court on Friday gave transgender Muslims the right to cross-dress in a landmark decision overturning an Islamic law ban that could trigger similar challenges. Muslim-majority Malaysia represents … Continue reading

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