• The Philippines: Accepting, or Tolerating?

    This past March, I covered a story on Jennifer Laude, a trans woman who was a sex worker who was brutally murdered by one of her clients, Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. This case is just one of twenty nine documented cases of transgender people who have been murdered in...
  • Indonesian LGBT Community in Danger

    While homosexuality is not illegal in all of Indonesia, it is in the province of Aceh. The LGBT community in Aceh is currently being treated horribly, and many have been forced into hiding. Hartoyo, an LGBT activist in the region, recounted his story of how his home was broken...
  • Kyrgyzstan on Track to Set Dangerous Precedent

    Kyrgyzstan is on its way to passing one of the most dangerous anti-LGBT bills in today’s world. The bill, which is on its third reading in Parliament and passed through its first reading with a strong majority, takes the Russian anti-LGBT propaganda law and makes it so much worse....
  • Arranged Marriage Is No “Fix” to Trans Identity

    When nineteen-year-old Shivy was told his grandmother was ill and that he and his mother should travel to India to be with her, he agreed wholeheartedly. Upon arrival, however, the whole trip, which was originally supposed to be two weeks long, took a dark turn. Shivy, who grew up...
  • Trending: Gay Proposal on a Chinese Subway Car

    Trending marriage proposals are nothing new. From flash mobs to travel, scavenger hunts to musical and theatrical performances, couples across the world are finding new and creative ways to publicly propose to one another. One such story that is currently trending comes out of the Beijing underground, where one...
  • Conservative Korea and the LGBT Community

    South Korea, with the conservative politics of the region, is certainly not a bastion for the LGBT rights movement. It was only in 1994 when the LGBT community in the region first heard about the Stonewall riots in US, sparking movement and activism across the country. While homosexuality isn’t...
  • Update: Nepal Constitution Ratified with New LGBT Protections

    Nepal has a new constitution, the first ratified in the history of the country since it dissolved the monarchy and became a republic in 2008. LGBT rights, which were under hot debate over the last several years, are written directly into the constitution. Nepal is the only country in...
  • South Indian Film “141” Meets Resistance

    In the South Indian region of Kannada, director and producer Bhavaji V has created the film 141, or I Love U. This film is unique as it is the first in the region to depict lesbianism as the main plot point. 141 is set to be released this month;...
  • Presidential Candidate in Taiwan Includes LGBTQ Couples in Campaign Video

    Tsai Ing-Wen, a presidential candidate for the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), released a campaign video, which featured three queer couples on China’s Valentine’s Day, which traditionally falls on the seventh day of the seventh month. The video, which was titled “Love Does Not Differentiate”, was meant to celebrate all...