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Can Marriage Equality Become a Reality in Thailand?
September 02, 2022

Can Marriage Equality Become a Reality in Thailand?

By Mookdapa Yangyuenpradorn and Sippachai Kunnuwong
Recent legislative developments have raised hopes, but the Thai government could still sink the LGBTQ dream of equal rights.

Singapore to Repeal Colonial-Era Law Criminalizing Sex Between Men
August 22, 2022

Singapore to Repeal Colonial-Era Law Criminalizing Sex Between Men

By Sebastian Strangio
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that repealing Section 377A of the Penal Code was the “right thing to do,” but ruled out legalizing same-sex marriage.
Vietnam Takes Major Step Forward in Recognizing LGBTQ Rights
August 12, 2022

Vietnam Takes Major Step Forward in Recognizing LGBTQ Rights

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's Health Ministry has instructed doctors to stop treating homosexuality as a disease, and to cease discrimination in medical care.

Marriage Equality in Taiwan Hinges on Politics
June 23, 2021

Marriage Equality in Taiwan Hinges on Politics

By Zoe Leung
In past electoral politics, marriage equality was seldom a dominant issue, but the landscape is shifting and some barriers to equality remain in place.

Singapore Rebukes US Embassy Over LGBT Rights Event
May 21, 2021

Singapore Rebukes US Embassy Over LGBT Rights Event

By Sebastian Strangio
The statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs carried echoes of the "Asian values" debate of the 1990s.

Amid Debate Over LGBT Rights, Uzbek Authorities Victim-Blame Attacked Activist
March 31, 2021

Amid Debate Over LGBT Rights, Uzbek Authorities Victim-Blame Attacked Activist

By Catherine Putz
A blogger who suggested Uzbekistan decriminalize gay sex was brutally attacked. The Interior Ministry and others blame him for provoking the assault.

LGBT Community Targeted by Police in Indonesia
September 18, 2020

LGBT Community Targeted by Police in Indonesia

By Joshua Mcdonald
Homosexuality is legal in most of Indonesia, but attacks on the community have been on the rise in recent years. 
Will Duterte Help Win the Battle for Gay Rights in the Philippines?
August 16, 2019

Will Duterte Help Win the Battle for Gay Rights in the Philippines?

By Erin Cook
The president’s incendiary rhetoric conceals more complex policy realities in the country under his tenure.

Taiwan Inches Closer to Marriage Equality With New Draft Bill
February 28, 2019

Taiwan Inches Closer to Marriage Equality With New Draft Bill

By Nick Aspinwall
Advocates say the bill is a positive step, but contains major shortcomings that prevent it from truly enshrining equality.

Japan’s Supreme Court Upholds Surgery as Necessary Step for Official Gender Change
February 05, 2019

Japan’s Supreme Court Upholds Surgery as Necessary Step for Official Gender Change

By Thisanka Siripala
A law forcing transgender people to remove their reproductive organs before registering a gender change comes under fire. 

Singapore: Crazy Rich But Still Behind on Gay Rights
October 24, 2018

Singapore: Crazy Rich But Still Behind on Gay Rights

By Chirag Agarwal
Singapore’s protection of its LGBT community leaves much to be desired.
Japanese Universities Make Efforts to Be More LGBT Friendly
July 06, 2018

Japanese Universities Make Efforts to Be More LGBT Friendly

By Thisanka Siripala
Schools in Japan are taking steps to support equal access to education for LGBT students.

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