• Dhee: Bangladesh’s New Lesbian Comic Protagonist

    TW for suicide Public awareness campaigns for LGBT communities in countries where openness of identity can result in extreme legal action is always a risk. In Bangladesh, homosexuality is illegal. Maximum punishment for being out and “caught” for this “crime” is life imprisonment. So in an act of incredible...
  • LGBT Protections in Thailand Start This Week

    When it comes to talking about Asian LGBT news, stories coming from the region often are of the sadness and pain experienced by the community due to discrimination and prejudice. While good news is rare, it is always gratifying to talk about. Thailand has its very first laws specifically...
  • Back to Section 377, Myanmar Edition

    British colonial rule continues to do harm across South and Southeast Asia, particularly regarding the LGBT community. Myanmar, known as Burma until 1989, is still haunted by Section 377 of the British Penal Code, which criminalizes same-sex sexual relations. This is a code that activists in India, Singapore, and...
  • Singapore Competes to be Seen as LGBT Tourist Destination

    In the past year, Bangkok has surged as the LGBT hotspot in Asia, centering a large chunk of its tourism and night life on the community. On its heels, however, is Singapore, a country working to create a new space for LGBT nightlife. Pink Dot SG, which organizes the...
  • Lesbian Woman Takes Hong Kong’s Immigration Department to Court

    QT, a British lesbian woman, has taken the Immigration Department in Hong Kong to the High Court. She had moved to Hong Kong with her partner, SS, when SS took a technology job. They were married for seven years, which was registered as a civil partnership in the UK....
  • Pride in Nepal Pushes for LGBTQ Rights

    Decriminalization of homosexuality across South Asia has slowly come into effect over the course of the last decade. However, LGBT rights are still often left in the dust, with many national governments continuing to disregard the community. Homosexuality was decriminalized in Nepal in 2007, and now, gay activists have...
  • Queer and South Asian: A Rocky Path

    While we in the United States are still celebrating the same-sex marriage ruling from this past June, the South Asian community is still struggling past the hurdles of cultural acceptance in relation to legality. Legality, in this case, ultimately hasn’t changed the overall opinions of the South Asian American...
  • LGBT in Kazakhstan: Media Bias, Unjust Laws, and Policy Recommendations

    In the past few days, we have been shining a light on what it means to be a member of the LGBT community in Kazakhstan. In part one, we discussed governmental discrimination, and in part two, we looked at healthcare disparities. Now, in part three, we are going to...
  • LGBT in Kazakhstan: The “Caring” in Health Care

    In part one of this series on LGBT marginalization in Kazakhstan, we spoke about much of the fear and abuse that takes place. But what about effective health care? Here is another place where the LGBT community in Kazakhstan is struggling. Sixty six percent of LGBT people hide their...