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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ winner Nymphia Wind performs for Taiwan’s outgoing president

President Tsai Ing-wen has been instrumental for the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights in the Asian nation.

12 photos exploring the lives of Thailand’s transgender community

Photographer Elizabeth Waterman captures the country's historical turning point through a series of compelling photographs showcasing the lives of these trans women entertainers.

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Nymphia Wind hopes to represent Asian excellence after winning 'Drag Race'

After making herstory, this crowned queen is ready to take on the world.

This soccer star just made history by marrying her girlfriend

Just five months after appearing in the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time, defender Tran Thi Thu became the first women's professional football player to marry another woman in Vietnam.

Nepal Registers First Same-Sex Marriage

In a groundbreaking move, a couple in Nepal becomes the first to have their marriage legally recognized.

Hong Kong Is Co-hosting the Gay Games, But Its Conservative Political Elite Isn't Happy About It

Eight city lawmakers on Wednesday backed a petition from conservative groups calling for the games to be scrapped, accusing the event of advocating for LGBTQ rights and spreading “Western ideology.”

Historic Gay Games Open in Hong Kong and Guadalajara Amid Criticisms

It’s the first time the Gay Games will be hosted in Asia or Latin America, but critics have questions.

Japan Court Rules It Is ‘Unconstitutional’ to Force Transgender People Be Sterilized

The law has long been decried by LGBTQ+ rights groups, and previous challenges in court have been struck down.

Gay Sex Ban in Military Upheld by South Korean Court

In the past, the law has been used to arrest dozens of people in what critics have called a “gay witch-hunt.”

Malaysia Bans Possession of Pride-Themed Swatch Watches

Penalties include three years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

Malaysia’s LGBTQ+ Community Blasts The 1975’s Matty Healy’s Same-Sex Kiss

LGBTQ+ activists fear the kiss could set off a clampdown against LGBTQ+ people.

The 1975’s Matty Healy Speaks Out Against Malaysia’s Antigay Law, Kisses Bandmate in Protest

The problematic singer has been known to speak out in support of LGBTQ+ rights.

Gay Sex Will Be Decriminalized in Singapore, Says Prime Minister

(CNN) "Sex between consenting men should not be criminalized," Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said over the weekend.

As Beijing Hosts the Olympics, LGBTQ+ Rights in Asia Remain Dismal

The Beijing Games will portray a rosy picture of life, but the reality is much different for millions of queer Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Marriage Equality Rejected by Thailand's Constitutional Court

The ruling has outraged activists, but the court did say that legislators should take action to guarantee equal rights.

130+ LGBTQ Rights Groups Demand Protection for Vulnerable Afghans

The rights organizations voice concern over the history of the Taliban and the group's extremist views.