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Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad gay convictions vietnam gay tourists

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 …

malaysia Indonesia's Aceh province caned whipped islam

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 …

malaysia Indonesia's Aceh province caned whipped islam

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 …

Hong Kong Pride Parade banner same-sex marriage court civil unions

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 …

singapore gay man activist dr roy tan legal challenge lawsuit section 377A

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 …

azmin ali malaysia gay sex vid scandal

Gay sex vids circulated on social media in Malaysia purport to show Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali in sex acts with another man. Colonial-era Malaysian laws threaten up to 20 years imprisonment for gay sex. It’s déjà vu all over again for the south-east Asian country. Once again, a rising political star finds his political …

Hong Kong Pride Parade banner same-sex marriage court civil unions

A Hong Kong government lawyer has told the country’s top court marriage would “no longer be special” if same-sex marriage is legalised. Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages earlier this month. More than 300 couples tied the knot in jubilant scenes in the country last Friday. Meanwhile, a Hong Kong …

singapore prime minister nephew Li Huanwu same-sex marriage

Li Huanwu, the nephew of Singapore’s Prime Minister, has tied the knot with his partner in South Africa. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Singapore, and gay sex is still illegal under the country’s Colonial-era Penal Code. Huanwu and his partner Heng Yirui shared the news of their marriage late last week. Yirui shared photos …

taiwan gay couple same-sex marriage legalised weddings taipei

Around 300 same-sex couples in Taiwan tied the knot on the first day of the country’s same-sex marriage legislation coming into effect. Taiwan made history last week when it became the first Asian nation to legalise same-sex marriage. More than 150 same-sex couples were scheduled to register marriages in capital city Taipei alone on Friday, …

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