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Two Indonesian men caught having gay sex may be caned 100 times

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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Indonesian police detain dozens of men in ‘gay party’ raid

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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Malaysian minister wants transgender people arrested and ‘educated’

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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Indonesian ‘family’ bill would force gay people into rehab

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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Australians cautioned after gay tourists convicted in Malaysia

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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Malaysia under fire after caning four men for gay sex

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 to be jailed and whipped in Malaysia for ‘attempting’ gay sex

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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Big setback for same-sex marriage in Hong Kong

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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Gay man begins legal challenge against Singapore’s anti-gay laws

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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Activists defiant after Philippines rejects same-sex marriage

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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