• 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...
  • 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;...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Trans Woman Who Stood for Presidential Election in India Murdered

    Daya Rani Kinnar, a transgender woman who ran for president of India in 2009, was murdered in her bed on July 3rd and found the next morning. Police have reported that her murders planned the murder and did so by pushing a gun through a hole cut in the...
  • Gay Dads Caught in Surrogacy Battle in Thailand

    Thailand has been lauded in the past as a tourist focused sanctuary for LGBT people. 60% of the population has “no objection” to same-sex marriage, and the country is running active campaigns to attract LGBT travelers. So when Bud Lake and Manuel Santos, a gay couple looking to expand...
  • India and Diverse Literature

    By now, most people are familiar with the We Need Diverse Books campaign. The campaign works to bring awareness to cultural, racial, and gender and sexuality based diversity in all genres, ages and stages of literature. By working to break down stereotypes and broaden the pool of perspectives that...