• 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...
  • 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...
  • Gay Power Couple Inspires LGBT Community in Vietnam

    Earlier this month, Bloomberg named US ambassador Ted Osius and his husband, Clayton Bond, Vietnam’s gay power couple. The couple is heavily involved with the LGBT community in Vietnam and has brought awareness civil rights issues in the country. While Vietnam is revising laws and the political atmosphere is...
  • Vietnam Pride Not Dampened By Rain

    Not even torrential down pours could stop a recent LGBT rally in Vietnam. Hundreds gathered on August 2nd on bikes and motorcycles to support LGBT rights. US Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, who is the first gay American Ambassador appointed to Asia, stated that “there is… a great openness...
  • Trans and Malay: When Religious Influence Turns Dangerous

    Being transgender in any country is never easy. The legality of identity and ultimate policing of gender by governments and the overall social atmosphere can be devastating to the morale and psyche of the trans community. But in Malaysia, where the rights of the LGBT community are mostly unrecognized,...
  • LGBT in Vietnam: Documentary and Photojournal Announced

    The stories of LGBT people matter. The narratives of identity serve to bolster the community, and bring solidarity to those who may not be out due to cultural implications or in an attempt to preserve their own safety. Stories can also slowly soften social stigma. In Vietnam, two young...