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'Beacon of hope': Bangladesh opens first school for transgender students

November 06, 2020 8:38 PM

DHAKA (REUTERS) - A religious charity has opened the first school in Bangladesh for hijras, a transgender community whose members face widespread discrimination in the mostly conservative Muslim society and often live in abject poverty.

Tens of thousands join pride parade in virus-free Taiwan

October 31, 2020 6:15 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Tens of thousands of revellers joined a gay pride rally through the streets of Taiwan's capital on Saturday (Oct 31) in a colourful celebration of equality made possible by the island's successful vanquishing of the coronavirus.

Thailand's first transgender MP dismissed from parliament

October 28, 2020 11:18 PM

Critics called it a political move against supporters of the kingdom's pro-democracy movement.

Hong Kong gay couples win legal victory over inheritance law

September 18, 2020 5:02 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's high court on Friday (Sept 18) ruled that same-sex couples should receive equal treatment under inheritance law, in a step forward for LGBT rights in the finance hub.

Hong Kong court rules for gay couple in public housing case

March 05, 2020 5:00 AM

HONG KONG • The High Court in Hong Kong has ruled that married same-sex couples should be allowed to apply for public housing, after a government ban was found to be unconstitutional.

Hong Kong's public housing ban on married gay couples unlawful: Court

March 04, 2020 4:44 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's high court ruled on Wednesday (March 4) that married same-sex couples should be allowed to apply for public housing after a government ban was found to be unconstitutional.

Indonesian Bill on family targets surrogacy, 'sexual deviations'

February 19, 2020 5:06 PM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Politicians from four Indonesian parties are backing a so-called Family Resilience Bill that would outlaw surrogacy and require LGBT people to seek treatment at rehabilitation centres, prompting outrage on social media and criticism from activists.

Minister wants to ban Malaysian from social media after ruckus in Mecca over gender issue

February 04, 2020 10:07 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Islamic Affairs Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa threatened on Tuesday (Jan 4) to ban the social media accounts of a cosmetics entreprenuer for wearing women's attire while performing an Islamic pilgrimage in Mecca, as other voices jump into the controversy to defend or reprimand Nur Sajat, who is said to be a man.

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