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The Philippines: Ex-TV reporter wants LGBT desks in police stations

MANILA, Philippines - Former TV reporter turned congresswoman Sol Aragones wants an LGBT desk installed in every police station that would handle hate crimes. Aragones, who represents the 3rd District of Laguna, filed House Bill 2571 that seeks to amend Republic Act 8551, known as the Philippine National Police Reform...

Singapore High Court Again Upholds Sodomy Law, Saying Homosexuality Is Not “Immutable”

In a ruling issued Wednesday, Singapore High Court Judge Quentin Low dismissed a challenge to Singapore’s law criminalizing sex between men. This is the second time this year that Loh has dismissed a suit seeking to strike down the provision, which is known by its numbering in the penal code,...

ASEAN SOGIE Caucus highlights exclusion of LGBTs from ASEAN anti-violence declaration

Asian LGBT rights coalition the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) SOGIE Caucus have expressed their disappointment that LGBT people were left out of two recently passed anti-violence declarations for the region. Activists hoped that the ASEAN Declarations on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Elimination of Violence...

ASEAN SOGIE Caucus launches regional campaign criticizing declarations on women and children

On October 14, a regional network of LGBT rights organizations launched a video in response to the exclusion of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression (SOGIE) from the language of two recently adopted declarations protecting women and children from violence.   The video is part of a bigger campaign called We are...

Wombs for hire: Aussie couples flock to Thailand to find surrogates

‘James’ and his partner ‘Mikey’ (not their real names) are getting to know their newborn baby girl.   The men have been in a committed relationship for 5 years. They wanted a family – so much – they had to break the law to create it.   “We just went for it,” says...

Malaysia no place for LGBT rights, religious freedom, says Islamist group

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 — Malaysia has no room for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights or religious freedom, Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) said today as it lobbied Putrajaya to ignore the proposals put forth by a local human rights activist coalition in Geneva recently. Isma deputy...

Malaysia: Utusan accuses rights coalition of treachery and helping foreign powers

Utusan Malaysia has accused the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs (Comango) of attempting to help foreign powers colonise the country. It said the 54 NGOs in Comango were pro-opposition and what it was promoting was no longer about human rights and freedom. “It is more towards the threat of national security,” said...

Malaysia: Ambiga says Isma’s claim ‘mischievous’, will seek legal advice

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 — Prominent lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said that Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma)’s attempt to paint her as a “mastermind” behind a human rights coalition is “very mischievous”, saying that she will seek legal advice over the Islamist group’s claim. When asked about Isma’s accusation, Ambiga clarified...

Vietnam: Give Marriage Rights to Same-Sex Couples

guarantee same-sex couples all the rights enjoyed by other couples, Human Rights Watch said today. Those rights include marriage, registration procedures, and full legal protections with regard to property and children.  The National Assembly is currently in session to discuss amendments to Vietnam’s constitution and other issues. The most recently...

Vietnam Blazes Trail for Gay Rights in Southeast Asia

Vietnam may be regarded as the most repressive Southeast Asian nation in its bid to muzzle dissenting voices and gag public freedoms, but the one-party Communist state is becoming a surprise torchbearer for gay rights in the region. In the rapidly booming region, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Brunei outlaw homosexuality, while...