Aceh, Indonesia: When Dating Meets Sharia Law

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In Aceh, young people have to reconcile their daily life with a strict version of the sharia law I published this article previously in The Diplomat magazine Sharia law in Indonesia Fajran Zain still remembers the…

Is there room for transgender rights in the ‘New Malaysia’?

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Activists believe that the transgender rights in Malaysia under the new government have not changed at all, or have arguably gotten even worse. I wrote his article for The Diplomat magazine Transgender rights in Malaysia Nisha…

Lost in transition: How it really feels to be transgender in Thailand

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Despite its international reputation as a haven for members of the LGBT community, growing up teen transgender in Thailand can be tough – as Ari’s story shows I wrote this article for South China Morning Post Teen…

How the murder of a Malaysian transgender woman exposed fears over an islamic penal code

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The brutal killing of a florist shocks activists who say it must be seen against a backdrop of rising conservatism that threatens the LGBT community This articule was previously published in South China Morning Post LGBT…

Exclusion or protection? Activists skeptical about LGBT prison

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This article was previously published in Coconuts Bangkok LGBT prison in Thailand Transgender activist Nachacha Kongudom was arrested in June of last year for protesting against the military junta in Bangkok. She was sent to a men’s…

Una prisión para proteger a reos transexuales

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Tailandia planea abrir una prisión LGTB para evitar abusos, una decisión que no contenta a los activistas Este artículo fue previamente publicado en El País Internacional Prisión LGTB Nachacha Kongudom fue…

Thailand “no paradise for transsexuals”

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A transgender couple’s fight for their rights This article was previously published in Coconuts Bangkok Thailand is not a paradise for transsexuals Sam and Yollie love each other as much as any other ordinary couple. What makes…