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Rights advocates urge Japan to step up LGBT-inclusive efforts and legalize same-sex marriage
Until a few years ago, Rin Okabe, then the general affairs department manager at a subsidiary of ad agency Dentsu Inc., would say goodbye to his wife and son, and commute to work wearing a conventional suit and tie. But quietly, Okabe wanted to be viewed as a woman.
October 21, 2018
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The Bachelor's Happy Queer Romance Is the Positive Representation That Vietnam's LGBT Community Needs
Last Wednesday, the couple talked about their declaration of love during a live stream Facebook interview with the reality show centered around straight relationships
October 17, 2018
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Taiwan to hold referendum on special law for same-sex marriage
Taiwan will hold a public vote on whether the island's civil law should recognise same-sex marriage, two election officials told Reuters on Tuesday, reviving a debate over whether a separate law should be enacted for civil unions between gay couples.
October 09, 2018
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‘LGBTQIA+ public figures speaking about their sexuality will help normalise it’
Sridhar Vardaraj wanted the ‘normal’ life — he wanted to get married and have children.
September 23, 2018
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   #LGBTYouth
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LGBT community finally finds safe, friendly home
GHAR – short for Gay Housing Assistance Resource, is a pan-India location-based, accommodation resource bulletin board that has been helping the LGBT
September 23, 2018
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Review: ‘Call Her Ganda’ Explores the Murder of a Transgender Woman
The documentary looks at the sadness and outrage caused by the 2014 killing of Jennifer Laude by American Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton in the Philippines.
September 20, 2018
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Philippines gets loud and proud with first LGBTQ symposium
Come October 12, the Philippines will welcome its first LGBTQ travel symposium in Malvar, Batangas, a culmination of efforts by the local trade to grow a largely untapped but promising market segment.
September 17, 2018
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Sri Lanka Should Take Up the Challenge on LGBT Rights
On September 6, in a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court decriminalised same-sex relations, through the repeal of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Chief justice Misra described Section 377 as “irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary.” Sri Lanka’s own Penal Code criminalises same-sex relations, through Section 365 and 365a of the Penal Code, which is based on India’s iteration. Grou...
September 13, 2018
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India Supreme Court strikes a blow against colonialism by striking down sodomy ban
The colonial system surveillance and control made privacy impossible.
September 11, 2018
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For Gay Indians, Landmark Ruling Is Just the Beginning
Gay activists in India celebrated the end of a ban on consensual gay sex, even as they prepared for the next battles in advancing gay rights.
September 08, 2018
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LGBT Chinese are making a beeline for Thai properties
Being less likely to have children, LGBT Chinese have higher purchasing power than the average mainlander, allowing them to buy condos in Thailand
August 28, 2018
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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Offers Special Accommodation Package in Our Luxurious "Premier Grand" Club Floors for the LGBT Community
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo will begin offering an accommodation package for LGBT community with a special discount, including 10% discounts on special “Gay Area Night Tour” of the Shinjuku 2-Chome LGBT area provided by Out Asia Travel.
August 24, 2018
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Why Asia needs to do more to welcome LGBT tourists – the rewards are far from just financial
With LGBT+ travel reported to be US$200 billion annually, LGBT-friendly policies make business sense - ahead of the curve, unsurprisingly, is Thailand
August 22, 2018
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An openly gay comedian who believes the comedy space is on the cusp of a new, more ‘woke’ conversation
From an expressive child who would “straight up be dancing all the time”, Navin Noronha found himself having to ‘tone down’ his animated gesticulations and extroverted nature...
August 12, 2018
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LGBT progress in Asia met with conservative pushback
It was a hot and muggy Saturday in mid-July, and Singapore's oasis of green was turning pink. Men and women gathered in Hong Lim Park, a 9,400-sq.-meter field in the middle of the business district, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pink Dot, a local movement in support of LGBT rights.
August 07, 2018
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“I was judged because of my sexuality”
A cancer research scientist, model, an LGBTQ activist and a writer, Kolkata boy Samarpan Maiti, who added another feather in his cap finishing second runner-up in Mr Gay World 2018 this year in South Africa’s Knysna. In a exclusive interview Samarpan spoke about his new found fame, his struggles, and his future aspirations. Excerpts from the interview.
July 31, 2018
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We Attended India’s First Transgender Poetry Meet
As it turns out, it wasn’t just a forum for expressing marginalised thought.
July 31, 2018
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This is what it was like growing up queer in India when homosexuality was illegal

Just before I was about to enter the airport my mum burst out crying before whispering ‘take care of yourself, don’t take harsh decisions. Remember you don’t belong to just yourself but to a family an...
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July 31, 2018

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Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar has a message for the LGBT community

Joining the league of celebs to show their solidarity with the cause are 'Dhadak' actors Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter who believe that every citizen...
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July 30, 2018

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Ishaan Sethi's LGBTQ networking app offers ideal match for their community
Ishaan Sethi, the founder of India s first LGBTQ networking app, on offering a trusted platform for the community to find their ideal match
July 29, 2018
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Bangkok has a unicorn cafe and it's as dreamy as you'd think
Life isn't always rainbows and unicorns, except in this Bangkok cafe, where everything is pastel-colored and Instagram worthy.
July 29, 2018
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Thailand wants to become a more LGBT-friendly destination
The country hosted its first LGBT+ Travel Symposium earlier this month and pledged to be more inclusive to travellers.
July 27, 2018
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India's LGBTQ Activists Await Supreme Court Verdict On Same-Sex Intercourse Ban
Activists are challenging the law, which dates back to the British colonial era. More Indian cities are hosting gay pride parades, but some polls show most Indians still frown on homosexuality.
July 27, 2018
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When Reporting on Gay Rights in India Gets Personal
While covering the looming decision by India’s Supreme Court over whether to decriminalize gay sex, Kai Schultz struggled with his own place in the story.
July 26, 2018
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