Cambodia’s second largest telecom provider Mobitel – operator of the Cellcard network – released a TV commercial poking fun at transgender people and consequently upsetting many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The spot had its debut on the social network Facebook, where it received 323 likes, 144 shares and a mountain of “LOL’s“ from Cambodian users, who but for one exception found it very amusing. >>>
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological body of BJP that often dictates policy matters for the party, has reiterated that it will oppose gay rights or decriminalisation of homosexuality in India, along with live-in relationships. The RSS made its stand on both homosexuality and live-in relations clear during the presentation of the annual report of its activities for 2013-14 at a meeting that began on Friday at the Rashtrothana Vidya Kendra.
A Malaysian court on [March 7] sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier acquittal and ending his hopes of contesting a local election this month.
Nepali politician Sunil Babu Pant, the country’s most visible equal rights crusader for LGBT is happy on his Nobel Peace Prize nomination for this year. Pant says that he did not initially believe that he had been nominated until friends and LGBT community members started sending him congratulatory messages and emails. >>>
Gender rights advocacy groups yesterday condemned former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung over his comments that there should be special legislation for same-sex marriages, so that people do not confuse them with “traditional” marriages. >>>
Chandigarh witnessed its second annual LGBT Pride Walk on the Sunday of March 2nd. Close to 100 community members and supporters walked from the Student Centre of Punjab University to the Sector-17 Plaza, carrying bright rainbow balloons and flags. >>>
Nepal has undertaken path breaking steps in the areas of queer justice and empowerment in the subcontinent, but more work needs to be done in the mountain state, a new shadow report on the state on queer individuals in Nepal says. >>>
Liang Wenhui, a graduate student from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and founder of Chinese Gay-Straight Alliance, with the help of other students wrote and posted 3,000 individually-addressed letters to individual deputies of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) last week urging them to legalize same-sex marriage. >>>
NUS was alerted to them by one ex-student and two current students, who expressed concern after seeing what they said were two posts by Associate Professor Khairudin Aljunied, who lectures in NUS’ Malay Studies department. The latter updated his Facebook page on 20 February with a status that, among other things, likened lesbianism to “cancers” that must be stopped “in their tracks”. >>>
Once upon a very recent time, there was a fiftyish woman who lived in the highlands of central Vietnam. Our heroine had never been married and, to anyone’s knowledge, had never felt the yearning of romance. In another time, in another country, she might have been called “an old maid.” >>>
Back in 2009, Lesley Esteves was dancing in the streets after judges in Delhi decriminalised homosexuality. When the Delhi High Court suspended the draconian Section 377 of the Indian penal code which dated from the days of British rule, India’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community thought there was no turning back.
Students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) tend to be disproportionately bullied in schools. In many Western and Asian countries, more than half of LGBT students report having been bullied because of their sexual preference. Thailand is often perceived as very accepting of sexual diversity, but in fact LGBT people are usually only tolerated, not accepted. >>>