LGBT rights have historically expanded much more slowly in asian countries than in the West. A group of LGBT activists is working to change that. Pink News reports:
LGBT activists from across Asia gathered this weekend to plan a strategy ahead of this summer’s United Nations Human Rights Council meeting. The LGBT activists from over a dozen countries, met in Nepal this weekend to formulate a plan for overcoming problems in the region surrounding religion and culture. The event was also attended by Nepalese government officials.
The UN Secretary General even spoke to the gathering:
In a video speech to kick off the conference, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said: “Far too many people and governments still refuse to acknowledge the injustice of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and the hardship it causes.”
There have been recent signs of change in Asia – nepal has become surprisingly gay friendly. In Taiwan, a gay couple is pursuing a lawsuit for marriage equality. Even Vietnam is said to be considering marriage equality, although the vote was put off until 2014.
But change is coming to this part of the world, just as it’s sweeping through Europe, the USA, and Latin America.