Category Archives: Asia

Recount: 75 (or 79) nations where homosexuality is illegal

The number of countries with anti-homosexuality laws is currently 75, according to the latest tally from ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. That’s down one from earlier this month, when the African nation of Chad was … Continue reading

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Anti-LGBTI attack disrupts Kyrgyz anti-homophobia day

Anti-LGBTI protesters invaded and disrupted a May 17 celebration  of the  International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia  (IDAHOT) in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan in central Asia. The LGBTI rights organization Labrys reported that the hostile assault came from members … Continue reading

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10 years later, tally of 92 anti-LGBT nations drops to 76

The arc of history is trending toward justice for LGBTI people worldwide, judging by the latest tallies from ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. In an encouraging change from 2006, when the ILGA report listed 92 … Continue reading

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LGBTI news briefs: Pakistan, India, Malawi, many more

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news: ASIA In Pakistan, friends are mourning the assassination of Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent human rights activist. … Mahmud was the director of … Continue reading

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Photo essay: Third gender finding its place in Indian society

The hajjra third-gender community in India is the subject of a photo essay by French photographer Yannick Cormier in Foreign Policy magazine, focusing on a respected mentor and matriarch in the city of Chennai. Below are excerpts from the text … Continue reading

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How Russia and the West boosted Kyrgyz anti-gay violence

Commentary By Tom Ana In April, Kyrgyzstan’s only LGBTI advocacy group, Labrys, became the target of an anonymous arson attack. The incident, although one of the most serious attacks in the group’s history, fortunately resulted in no injuries and only … Continue reading

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How to aid LGBTI people in earthquake-devastated Nepal

In the wake of the massive earthquake in Nepal, activist Sunil Pant sent the following message on behalf of Blue Diamond Society, Nepal. In addition, the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation is collecting United States tax-deductible donations that will … Continue reading

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