In the News: "VIOLENCE: Through the Lens of Lesbians, Bisexual Woman and Trans People in Asia"

Washington Blade: Report: Anti-LGBT violence, discrimination pervasive in Asia
An International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission report released on Tuesday indicates discrimination and violence against lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people remains pervasive throughout Asia. IGLHRC worked with women’s, sexual minority and gender rights groups in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia and Japan to interview 370 people — including service providers and advocates — in the five countries from Nov. 2010 through March 2012. Read the full article »

Thomson Reuters, Lesbians and bisexual women in Asia face stigma and violence - report
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Sri Lanka, formerly friendly neighbours threatened two women with rape after discovering they were a lesbian couple. In the Philippines, several men publicly beat up a transgender woman, cut her hair and threatened her with a gun because “they were offended by her wearing a dress”. Such verbal, physical and emotional abuse in Asia against lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender (LBT) people is pervasive and often condoned by the authorities, leading many to contemplate suicide, according to a new report by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Read the full article »

Bay Area Reporter: Report focuses on violence against LGBTs in Asia
Asia is rising out of the shadow of Africa and Russia when it comes to violations against LGBT human rights with the publication of several groundbreaking reports. Read the full article »

Religion Dispatches magazine: Asia: IGLHRC Report on Anti-LBT Violence in Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka
This week the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission released an in-depth report on violence against lesbian and bisexual women and trans people in Asia. Research teams working in five countries conducted 370 interviews, 230 with LBT people who had experience violence and the others with stakeholders such as lawyers, mental health professionals, educators and service providers. On Monday, IGLHRC honored groups that participated in producing the report: Gay Japan News, KRYSS Malaysia, O Pakistan, Rainbow Rights Philippines, and Women's Support Group Sri Lanka. Read the full article »

Huffington Post: Hitting Close to Home: Homophobia and Transphobia in Asia = Family Violence
A Celebration Of Courage: Ima, a 32-year-old trans woman in Malaysia has been arrested and charged on several occasions for "posing as a woman," with religious department officers cutting her hair and clothes to force her to conform to the gender she was assigned at birth: male. Yet, it is the violence and mental abuse she suffered throughout her childhood at the hands of her father and older brother that had the greatest impact on her life, setting her off on a seemingly endless cycle of running away from home and being dragged back and handcuffed or locked up until she could run away again. Read the full article »