Posted by Smriti Gupta
The Asian continent offers hope to the LGBT movement and is increasingly letting go of hetero normative ideas and traditions. Both, the West and Asia,are now almost at par in recognising the rights of individuals belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community.
Here are 4 nations that stand out from the rest of Asia as bastions of inclusivity and progressiveness.
One of the first few nations to recognize homosexuals , Hong Kong decriminalised homosexuality way back in 1991.
One of the most LGBT friendly country in the world , Vietnam saw the removal of the ban on same -sex marriage by the Communist Party and also allowed those that undergo gender reassignment surgery to register under their preferred gender. The pride parade in Vietnam reached out to people in 36 provinces across the country in it’s 5th year only.
A 2014 poll shows that more than 65% of Taiwan’s population supports same -sex marriage rights making it the most LGBTQ friendly community with a vibrant civil society . In May 2017 , the top court of Taiwan ruled that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional , giving the nation’s legislature 2 years to either amend it’s current statutes or allow marriage equality to automatically become a law in 2019. It has the largest pride event and the most liberal rights landscape. Taiwan also had Asia’s first ever major survey of LGBTQ themed art ,which opened in September 2017 at Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art , called ‘Spectrosynthesis : Asian LGBTQ issues and art now.’
The torchbearer of LGBTQ rights , a 2007 Supreme Court decision in Pant v. Nepal led the government to legally recognise a third gender category , edit all laws and identify those which are discriminatory in nature along with constituting a panel to study legal recognition of same sex marriage . In 2010 , the Election Commission included the third option to voter rolls and in migration forms. In 2011 , Nepal became the first country to include third gender on the federal census and in 2015 , also on Passports . The New Constitution that Nepal adopted in 2015 , has special provisions for protection of LGBT people from discrimination, violence and abuse, making it the first Asian nation to do so.
These nations are setting an example for the rest of Asia to soon follow the same path and progress towards inclusive nations that protect their diversity .