What is the future of LGBTIQ rights in Southeast Asia?

The ASEAN SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression) Caucus launches “The Rainbow in Context,” a report that displays the progress and ‘extreme’ regression of LGBTIQ rights and welfare in Southeast Asia. Illustration......

Churches who campaigned for ‘no’ must apologise to gay community

Dr Keith Mascord/Pahichan – As the final flurry of votes is counted in the postal survey, it’s time to reflect a little on the experience of the last few months. As a deeply committed......

A painful journey from Dipesh to Sujata

Liladhar woli/Pahichan – Dipesh Chaudhary was born as a son of father Kalicharan Chaudhary and mother Bishnu Chaudhary. Now, she has known as transgender Sujata Khadka. She was born as son in the family......

Now, she is really beautiful

Santosh Panta/Pahichan – About 20 years ago, I had acted as a transgender in a movie called “Koseli”. In the movie, Director Tulsi Ghimire brought a transgender from Kalimpong to act. But, she could......

The bullying must end. Dear UN Agency Officials, UN Independent Experts, and representatives of international organizations:

Sunil Babu Pant/Pahichan – I am writing this memo to share my experience as the founder of the Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal’s largest sexual health and rights organization, and an activist with more......

No man can dare to marry me : Bhumika Shrestha

Kathmandu/Pahichan – In context of Nepal, Howe common citizens view transgender people? The way society views transgender people is gradually getting positive. It has been broader and open than before. Earlier, when a transgender......

Gay Nepal man fears for his life after being outed in UK courts ‘My life will be at risk if I get sent back, my family might kill me’

Kathmandu/Pahichan – A Nepal man is suicidal and left fearing for his life after being outed by a UK immigration tribunal, Gay Star News can reveal.The man, who we’ll call Indra, has an anonymity......

For Charley Shively, Gay Liberation Was About Sex and Rebellion, Not Equality

Jim Downs/Pahichan – On Saturday morning, I received word that Charley Shively died. Shively was a pioneering gay liberation activist on the scale, if not with the name recognition, of Harvey Milk. He was......

Solidarity with the LGBTIQ community in Egypt

Joseph Daher/Pahichan – An unprecedented police crackdown has been launched against the LGBTQI community in Egypt since Sept. 22, 2017, after the concert of the Lebanese group Mashrou ‘Leila in Cairo, during which rainbow......

Dilemma, Wisdom and Meditation!

Sunil Babu Pant/Pahichan – Life is full of dilemmas, and life is all about choices, from smallest of choices like what to drink this morning, tea, coffee, juice or water, to all the way......