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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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LGBTIQ advocates have called on the Australian government to issue a travel warning for Malaysia after authorities entrapped and convicted a pair of gay tourists. Gay Vietnamese couple Tang Van Duc and Lee Vu Linh travelled to Malaysia on tourist visas in late October. However on November 12, police arrested and charged them with an …

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Authorities have caned four men in Malaysia for having gay sex in violation of Islamic laws, angering human rights groups. The men, aged 26 to 37, received six strokes of the cane each for attempting the offence of “intercourse against the order of nature” under sharia law, according to Amnesty International. They admitted to committing …

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Five men in Malaysia have been jailed, fined and will be whipped for “attempting” gay sex in the Muslim-majority country. Selangor Shariah High Court, near capital city Kuala Lumpur, sentenced four of the men to six months jail, a fine and six strokes of the cane, local media reported. Their crime was “attempting intercourse against …

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A Hong Kong court has ruled against lifting a ban on same-sex marriages and even civil unions in the Asian nation. A lesbian woman, known as “MK”, took the issue to court, arguing the ban on same-sex marriage violated her constitutional rights. But the country’s Court of First Instance ruled the case’s evidence was not …

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A prominent LGBTIQ activist has filed a new legal challenge against Singapore’s law criminalising gay sex. Dr Roy Tan (pictured above) was the main organiser of Singapore’s first Pink Dot event in 2009. The now-annual festival celebrates the LGBTIQ community. Dr Tan is heading to Singapore’s High Court to argue the law banning gay sex, …

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The Philippines’ Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed a gay man’s legal bid to allow same-sex marriage in the country. Lead plaintiff Jesus Falcis sought to declare parts of the Family Code prohibiting same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The legal provisions limit marriage to a union between a man and a woman. Falcis argued the law …

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