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Thailand MPs holding up rainbow flag after same-sex marriage vote

Thailand MPs fly pride flag after passing same-sex marriage

Thailand MPs have waved a big rainbow flag in parliament after they overwhelmingly voted to pass a same-sex marriage bill. Four hundred of 415 politicians voted for the landmark bill in the country’s lower house this week. Thailand is set to become the first Southeast Asian nation to legalise marriages between two people regardless of …

Malaysia Islamic authorities detain 20 after raid on LGBT queer Halloween party

Malaysia police detain 20 people in raid on queer Halloween party

Malaysia Islamic authorities detained 20 people for “cross-dressing” and “encouraging vice” during a raid on an LGBTIQ+ Halloween party in Kuala Lumpur. The arrests were made on Saturday night (October 29) after Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department officers (JAWI) raided the party at nightlife venue REXKL, over what authorities claimed were offences under Sharia law. …

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Miss Bhutan 2022 also 1st openly lesbian public figure

Miss Bhutan 2022, Tashi Choden Chombal, will compete as her country’s first representative in the Miss Universe pageant later this year. She is also Bhutan’s only out lesbian public figure. Indeed, the country’s only openly gay or lesbian public figure. An amazing leap forward for a country that only decriminalised homosexuality in February 2021. Tashi …

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Live stream of first-ever Asian Pride Games in Taipei

The first-ever Asian Pride Games opened in Taipei last night. Politicians and celebrities attended the opening ceremony at the Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium. Scroll down for the live stream of the Asian Pride Games. The Asian Pride Games are the new incarnation of the Straits Games established in Malaysia in 2002. Originally only contestants from …

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Malaysian government slammed for creating ‘conversion therapy’ app

Malaysia’s government has been slammed for creating a “conversion therapy” mobile app for gay people to help them “overcome the problem of homosexuality” and “return to their original nature”. Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM) created the app, called Hijrah Diri Homoseksualiti. It’s currently available for download from the Google Play Store. According to its …

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‘Shame and homophobia’: Gay rights activists blast Singapore court ruling

Singapore’s top appeals court has rejected an attempt by local LGBTIQ+ activists to overturn the country’s ban on gay sex, despite admitting it’s not enforced. Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code criminalises same-sex relations between men. Though not enforced, the British Colonial-era law states offenders can be jailed for up to two years for “gross …

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Court ruling in Thailand sparks outrage in LGBTIQ community

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 trans woman who fled to Australia left children behind

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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Furious Hong Kong MPs say hosting next year’s Gay Games is ‘disgraceful’

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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Being gay is still a crime in sixty-nine countries around the world

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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