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Beh Lih Yi

Taiwan man behind Asia's first gay marriage law urges others to fight

23 May 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A leading Taiwanese gay activist on Thursday called on the LGBT+ community in other parts of Asia to take their battles to court after his successful legal fight paved the way for the region's first same-sex marriage law.

Philippines urged to rethink new labor ban after maid's death in Kuwait

22 May 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Migrant rights groups on Wednesday urged the Philippines not to impose a new ban on locals working abroad, after the death of a Filipino woman in Kuwait sparked outrage over the treatment of foreign maids in the Middle East.

FEATURE-As tourism drives residents out, Malaysia's heritage city turns to millennials

22 May 2019

GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia, May 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - T he faded white walls and wooden door of Fong Lai Kheng's hair salon in the heart of Malaysia's George Town stand out on a street lined with souvenir shops, cafes and colourful murals.

'This time is real': Taiwan counts down to Asia's first same-sex weddings

21 May 2019

TAIPEI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lesbians Chu Pei-syuan and Liang Tsung-hui will this week tie the knot for the second time - this time at home, after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.

Factbox: Seven facts as Taiwan becomes Asia's first to allow same-sex marriage

17 May 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Taiwan became the first place in Asia on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, after a years-long struggle for marriage equality that left the self-ruled island deeply divided.

Indonesia's transgender Muslims find safe haven for prayer during Ramadan

16 May 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A small Islamic school in Indonesia is providing a safe haven for the marginalized transgender community to pray during the holy month of Ramadan, its founder said on Thursday, calling for wider acceptance of LGBT+ people.

Taiwan MPs urged to back government in Asia's first same-sex marriage law

13 May 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Taiwan's lawmakers must back the government's draft same-sex law and make the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to allow such unions, LGBT+ campaigners said on Monday, ahead of a key vote in parliament this week.

Malaysia's first female top judge is 'big step' for women's justice

03 May 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a rare move for Asia, Malaysia has appointed its first female top judge, leading to calls from human rights activists on Friday to reform the country's judiciary and improve the low conviction rates for crimes against women.

Support for gay rights seen growing in Singapore

02 May 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Singapore has seen "distinct shifts" in attitudes to gay rights in the last five years, with support for same-sex marriage rising, a survey released on Thursday showed.

Pooper hero: Singapore's 'Mr. Toilet' wants to make sanitation sexy in film

25 Apr 2019

SINGAPORE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After traveling the world for more than two decades seeking to improve access to bathrooms, "Mr. Toilet" Jack Sim is now ready to plunge into the cinematic world with a film about his unusual campaign.

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