ILA Assia: Newsletter May 2020
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We share LGBTI+ related news from Asia.
*You can click the underlined text and it is linked to the related article. Let’s Speak Up Together🗣️ Hello, Subscriber. It was IDAHOBIT day on the 17th of May. The slogan for this year’s IDAHOBIT day was ‘Breaking the Silence’. There are a lot of things going on around the world. #BlackLivesMatter movement is getting bigger and more serious. There were various IDAHOBIT events happened in Asia. It has been a year since Taiwanese same-sex marriage legalised first in Asia. There still are lots of individuals and community suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic situation. One of ILGA Asia’s strategic objectives is to build “Database for strategic information and knowledge sharing and building on SOGIESC issues in Asia”. This newsletter is one of the media that we are putting our efforts to achieve the objectives. This month, we’ve made a new video interview series. The first video is about the fight against 377A in Singapore Singapore High Court rejected the challenge to Section 377A last March. Hope this video helps you understand the situation and inspires your work. Lastly, we are collecting the stories of your IDAHOBIT this year so that we can share what we’ve been doing in these difficult times. Let’s not remain silent and let’s not stop raising our voices. ILGA Asia will trie our best to represent the voices of LGBTI communities in Asia. If you have any feedback, inquiry or news you want to share, please feel free to contact us. – Dowha, Communications and Membership Officer If there is any news, report or an article you want to share, please let us know. Share Your Story Here are some stories that you may have missed🛎️ 🌈Health/COVID-19 Virus pushes Pakistan’s transgender dancers out of their homes. Covid-19 update: Dedicated quarantine centres for transgenders in Manipur. South Korea’s coronavirus contact tracing puts LGBTQ community under surveillance, critics say. Linking of COVID-19 to gay clubs raises concerns among sexual minorities. 🌈Movements/Advocacy Malaysian wins landmark right to challenge Muslim gay sex ban. Malaysian launches test case against Islamic gay sex law. Press statement: Enabling access to justice for LGBTIQ persons. Taiwan LGBT group raising money to fight homophobia. Gay people in Myanmar have adopted a secret language. 🌈Discrimination/Attack Iraq condemns foreign embassies for violating country’s ‘values’ by displaying rainbow flag. Iraqi politicians call for expulsions after embassies fly LGBT flag. Japan hotels admonished for denying room to gay couple. 🌈Legislation/Law FOCUS: Freelance, LGBT wary of Japan’s new anti-harassment law. 🌈Marriage Equality/Family ‘Happily ever after’ eludes Taiwan, a year after Asia’s first gay marriages. Rights group urges Taiwan to allow cross-national same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage, one year later. China’s same-sex couples heartened by property protection rights in new civil code. China’s LGBT activists step up push for gay marriage after official rejects change. Lawyers for gay homeowner call for his husband to be given equal treatment under Hong Kong’s inheritance laws. Lawyers for Hong Kong rights activist Jimmy Sham urge court to recognise his same-sex marriage. China’s LGBT parents find family and joy through surrogacy. China’s lesbian parenting case is a children’s rights issue. 🌈Culture/Sports New Documentary celebrates 1 year anniversary of same-sex marriage In Taiwan. Taiwan’s LGBTQ streaming platform GagaOOLala launches worldwide. How Thai LGBT show, 2gether: The Series, became an instant hit. Suk Suk film review: award-winning Hong Kong gay romance follows the twilight affair of two closeted family men. Queer Malaysian singer Alextbh on embracing his sexuality, living in a conservative society and going global. Dropped for coming out as gay, Singaporean singer Wils releases new album and wants his music to help others struggling with their identity. Korean LGBT drama Where Your Eyes Linger is a game-changer for yaoi, or ‘boys love’, gay storytelling in Asia. 🌈Education Teacher reveals high price of coming out as gay in China. 🌈Corporation StanChart extends staff mediclaim to LGBT partners. Please share your opinion on this newsletter with us!
I Really Liked It👍 | I Did Not Enjoy It👎 Here are some updates from ILGA Asia🌏 ILGA World Conference has been postponed to 2022. Video Interview Series: What Happened in [SINGAPORE] Social Image: IDAHOBIT 2020 👉 FB TW INS ILGA Asia is collecting stories on how we’ve celebrated IDAHOBIT in Asia. Share your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.