OutRight Discusses LGBTIQ Groups In Asia-Pacific For Asia Times News

Grace Poore, OutRight's regional program coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands, writes an op-ed for Asia Times, "Robust but restricted: LGBTIQ groups in Asia-Pacific."

The Asia-Pacific region is home to 60% of the world’s population – almost 4.5 billion people – including the most populous (China and India) and least populous (Pacific island states) countries in the world. The diversity of the inhabitants of this region is vast, covering a range of religions, ethnicities, and cultures, and residing across an abundance of geographical and climate variation.

Crucially, it is also home to vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer people’s organizations, 74% of which operate without a legal status – the highest percentage of unregistered LGBTIQ civil-society organizations in the world, according to OutRight Action International’s recent report, “The Global State of LGBTIQ Organizing: The Right to Register.”

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