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Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

Taiwan's first official same-sex weddings kicked off Friday in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia.

In first for Asia, Taiwan parliament endorses same-sex marriage

Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags.

Indonesian director calls for LGBT+ debate after film ban

An Indonesian director who received death threats over his latest film warned against a return to authoritarianism on Friday, calling for more debate on LGBT+ issues.
May 11, 2019 | 11:33 am GMT+7

Brunei says it won't enforce gay death penalty after backlash

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on Sunday extended a moratorium on the death penalty to incoming legislation prohibiting gay sex.
May 06, 2019 | 08:13 am GMT+7

Boycott of Brunei-owned businesses over gay sex death penalty likely to expand

Businesses will likely continue to shun companies owned by Brunei, as they come under pressure to honor commitments to LGBT+ rights after the sultanate imposed the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.
May 02, 2019 | 08:19 am GMT+7

European Parliament condemns Brunei over 'retrograde' death penalty for gay sex

The European Parliament on Thursday strongly condemned Brunei for introducing "retrograde" Islamic laws that punish gay sex and adultery with death by stoning.
April 19, 2019 | 09:16 am GMT+7

Brunei accused of 'abusive lobbying' before critical EU vote

EU officials on Wednesday accused Brunei of "rude" and "abusive" lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.
April 18, 2019 | 08:24 am GMT+7

Brunei defends gay sex death penalty as more for 'prevention than to punish'

Brunei said new laws imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery were designed more for "prevention than to punish" in response to the U.N.'s condemnation of the measures.
April 13, 2019 | 10:30 am GMT+7

Ahead of LGBT+ crackdown, fleeing Bruneians fear for friends back home

The incoming Islamic law in Brunei that punishes LGBT+ people with whipping, stoning or death for same-sex activity has made many flee for fear of their lives.
April 02, 2019 | 04:55 pm GMT+7

Transgender guitarist strikes a different note in conservative Malaysia

Malaysian PM has said the nation will not accept same-sex marriage or LGBT rights while Islamic leaders say homosexuality is against religious teachings.
March 29, 2019 | 08:44 am GMT+7

Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery

Adultery and gay sex in Brunei will be subject to death by stoning from next week, under a strict Sharia law that has been on hold for four years amid heavy criticism.
March 28, 2019 | 09:56 am GMT+7

Cupid takes aim: gay couples file Valentine's cases to wed in Japan

In Japan, 13 same-sex couples will go to court on Valentine’s Day calling for the right to marry, in a bid to become the first Asian country to allow gay marriage.
February 07, 2019 | 09:26 am GMT+7

Vietnam’s first LGBT-friendly clinic provides relief from illness and prejudice

Discrimination and lack of expertise on problems specific to the LGBT community made members hesitant about approaching public hospitals.
January 29, 2019 | 07:51 am GMT+7

Indian trailblazers #RideWithPride after gay sex ban lifted

Bollywood makes a lesbian rom-com, a transgender woman bags a key opposition party post and judges green light same-sex couples living together.
January 18, 2019 | 01:42 pm GMT+7

Asia must be alert to rise in anti-LGBT+ rhetoric ahead of polls

Asian countries holding elections this year must be ready to protect the rights of LGBT+ communities ahead of a likely rise in anti-gay rhetoric by politicians, rights groups said.
January 08, 2019 | 04:02 pm GMT+7
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