Sri Lanka categorically rules out marriage between same-sex couples


COLOMBO –  A federal government minister has categorically ruled out marriage between same-sex couples in the island nation of Sri Lanka, reports The Sri Lankan government will not legalize gay marriages in Sri Lanka, said Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa according to Speaking to newspaper editors in Colombo April 24, the minister said [...]

Singapore attorney general pressures gay man into withdrawing discrimination plea


SINGAPORE — A former executive of a multinational department store has withdrawn his appeal of workplace discrimination after the attorney general called his plea frivolous and vexatious, reports Lawrence Bernard Wee, 40, who was suing former employer Robinsons, has ended his quest to have the courts declare workplace discrimination against gay men unconstitutional by [...]

Brunei temporarily halts implementing law stoning gay people


BRUNEI DARUSSALAM — Brunei’s new law mandating the stoning of gay people has been officially delayed. reports that the new penal code that calls for death by stoning for same-sex relations, robbery, insulting or defamation of the Prophet Mohammed as well as a list of other sexually related offences such as rape and adultery [...]

Philippine police backs special desk for crimes against LGBTI people


MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has thrown its support behind a House measure seeking the creation of a special desk in all police stations across the country to tackle crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, reports The desk is to administer and attend to cases involving crimes against sexual harassment, [...]

Jamaican national avoids deportation by claiming he’s gay 12 years after murdering another teen

The Royal Courts of Justice, London

LONDON — In case that is sending shockwaves through the British legal system, a Jamaican national known only as ‘JR’ was spared deportation from England after a London Court of Appeals ruled that he was at risk of having his human rights abrogated should he be sent back to his home country, reports U.K.’s Daily [...]

US continues to monitor LGBT rights in India


Speaking before an audience at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Richard E. Hoagland, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs stated in a Press Trust of India report that appeared in, “We monitor the situation in India, where the Supreme Court overturned a landmark ruling [...]

Ruling on transgender people may help gay rights, say Indian lawyers

New Delhi Photo GayAsiaNews

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court’s ruling recognizing transgender people as the third sex might pave the way for decriminalizing same-sex relations in India, say gay-rights lawyers and activists in India, GayAsiaNews reports. In a landmark ruling on April 15, a Supreme Court bench comprising Justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri directed that transgender people [...]

Indian Supreme Court recognizes transgender people as third sex


NEW DELHI — Today, India’s highest court has directed that transgender people be recognized as the third sex, besides male and female and be accorded social acceptability and an equal standing under Indian law, reports GayAsia “The spirit of the Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their [...]

UN urges Brunei to delay new law mandating stoning of gay people


BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – Brunei has adopted a new penal code that calls for death by stoning for same-sex relations which will come into effect April 22, reports Same-sex relations have long been a crime in Brunei, but the maximum punishment till now has been a 10-year prison sentence. The United Nations human rights office [...]

Phuket Pride Week to embrace record number of tourists

Phuket Gay Pride Patong PHOTO: GayAsiaNews

THAILAND — Asia’s most picturesque resort is set to embrace the LGBT community during the upcoming Phuket Pride Week in what is likely to be a record for Thailand tourism. GayAsiaNews reports that Although Thailand does not recognize marriage between same-sex couples, Phuket is being promoted as one of the best places in the world [...]

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