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More than 275,000 people have petitioned for same-sex marriage in Thailand after a top court caused outrage with its ruling against the reform. Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled against same-sex marriage on November 17. It was a major setback for the country’s LGBTIQ community. The court heard the case of a female same-sex couple of 12 …

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Malaysian transgender woman Nur Sajat, who fled to Australia after Malaysian authorities targeted her, has spoken out about her arrest and her distressing decision to leave her children behind. Sajat is a cosmetics entrepreneur and Australia granted her asylum from Thailand after she fled Malaysia. The 36-year-old left the country after authorities charged her with …

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Politicians in Hong Kong have caused outcry after slamming the Gay Games, set to be hosted there in November next year. In 2016, the country won the bid to host the long-running event. The Gay Games brings together LGBTIQ athletes from around the world playing numerous sports. A Gay Games in Hong Kong is the …

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Sixty-nine countries worldwide still criminalise consensual same-sex activity and at least half are actively using those laws to persecute LGBTIQ people, a new report has found. That’s according to global advocacy group ILGA World’s latest update to their State-Sponsored Homophobia report, released this week. “As of December 2020, 69 UN member states continue to criminalise …

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Two men in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province are facing a public caning after neighbours caught them having gay sex in their boarding house. CNN Indonesia reported that other residents caught the two men, aged 27 and 28, after the boarding house’s owner noticed one had frequent male guests to his room. Safriadi, the head of …

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Police in Indonesia detained dozens of men who attended a “gay party” in Jakarta after they raided a hotel. Jakarta police spokesperson Yusri Yunus told the Associated Press officers arrested nine people suspected of organising the party, held on Saturday. Police released forty-seven others who participated in the event. But Yunus said police will charge …

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Malaysia’s Religious Affairs Minister has caused outcry after giving “full license” to Islamic authorities to arrest and “educate” transgender people. Minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri announced on Facebook on July 10 he’d given the country’s religious police, called JAWI, “full licence to carry out its enforcement actions” against transgender people. He also said the authorities should …

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Asia’s first LGBTIQ-focussed streaming service, GagaOOLala, has launched in Australia after beginning in Taiwan. The so-called “gay Netflix” of Asia launched in 2017 and arrived in Australia this month. Users can access to queer films, TV and docos from a wide range of countries, including a rom-com about a lesbian flight attendant and a steamy …

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A proposed “Family Resilience” law by Indonesian lawmakers targeting homosexuality and S&M sex would see “offenders” sent to state-sanctioned rehab centres. The proposed law would require anyone “suffering” from “sexual deviations” to report themselves to rehabilitation facilities for treatment. The bill lists homosexuality, incest and sadomasochistic sex as such “deviations,” defined as “urges to achieve …

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At least four villas in Bali are reportedly under investigation by disapproving Indonesian authorities for allegedly “marketing themselves specifically for the gay community”. Indonesian outlet Coconuts reported authorities were looking into one villa at the Seminyak Beach Resort. The villa marketed itself on Facebook as “Angelo Bali Gay Guesthouse” and attracted local attention for appearing …

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