Gay Asians fleeing repressive home countries to find refuge in cities like Bangkok

An Indian sexual minority community member gestures over a rainbow flag while participating in a Rainbow Pride Walk in Kolkata on July 7, 2013. Hundreds of LGBT activists particpated in the rally to demand equal social and human rights for their community. AFP PHOTO/ Dibyangshu SARKAR.
An Indian sexual minority community member gestures over a rainbow flag while participating in a Rainbow Pride Walk in Kolkata on July 7, 2013. Hundreds of LGBT activists particpated in the rally to demand equal social and human rights for their community. AFP PHOTO/ Dibyangshu SARKAR.

Across Asia, which is largely patriarchal and conservative, the violence lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face is often from their own families, who beat them to make them conform and maintain the social balance, experts say.

Homosexual acts are illegal in 78 countries around the world, punishable by jail time in places including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore, according to the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

To escape the beatings and find a sense of belonging, LGBT people in Asia flock to cities in their own country, and increasingly – with the Internet and social media easing migration for jobs and gay marriage –  leaving their home country altogether. READ FULL

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