Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Asian Lesbian & Gay News Archive (I'm always going to put Lesbian before Gay, any day)

Lesbian (and gay, bisexual, and trans) rights activists celebrated during a rally in New Delhi in July after the city’s highest court decriminalized homosexuality. [source: here]
While much of the world celebrated Gay Pride in June, Mumbai waited. The Queer Azaadi March (“azaadi” means freedom), in fact, is this Sunday, a day after the 62nd anniversary of India’s independence. The implicit association: the freedom of sexual orientation and the country’s freedom from the clutch of colonialism. [source: *here*]
Everything below is from *here*.

Asian Gay & Lesbian News Archive
(listed from the oldest to newest in each section)

We would greatly appreciate your assistance in adding missing news items to this archive. Please contact us if you have copies of regional GLBT news not yet on this list.


Milestones in Asia's Gay and Lesbian Communities:


  • 1st Asian Gay Magazine: Barazoku, Japan, 1971

  • 1st Asian Gay Rights Organization: Indonesia, 1981

  • 1st Thai Gay Magazine: Mithuna, 1983

  • 1st Japanese Gay Rights Organization: JILGA, 1983

  • 1st Taiwanese Gay-Themed Novel: Crystal Boys, 1983

  • 1st Thai Lesbian Organization: Anjaree, 1986

  • 1st Singaporean Gay Magazine: OG, 1987

  • 1st Malaysian Gay AIDS Organization: Pink Triangle, 1988

  • 1st Thai Gay AIDS Organization: FACT, 1988

  • 1st Indian Gay Magazine: Bombay Dost, 1989

  • 1st Asian Gay Film/Video Festival: Hong Kong, 1989

  • 1st Taiwanese Lesbian Activist Organization: Women Zhi Jian, 1990

  • Hong Kong Decriminalization of Homosexuality, 1991

  • 1st International Asian Lesbian Conference: Bangkok, 1991

  • 1st Gay Play in Singapore, Another Tribe by Fong Yong Chin, 1991

  • 1st Japanese International Gay Film/Video Festival: Tokyo, 1992

  • China Decriminalization of Homosexuality: 1993

  • 1st Taiwanese Lesbian Magazine: Ai Bao, 1993

  • 1st Asian Gay Rights Conference: Indonesia, 1993

  • 1st Gay Art Show in Singapore: Tan Peng & John Goss, Feb 20, 1993

  • 1st Asian Gay Pride March: Manila, Jun 26, 1994

  • 1st Japanese Gay Pride March: Tokyo, 1994

  • 1st Indian Gay Conference: Mumbai, 1994

  • 1st Thai Gay and Lesbian Book Shop: Utopia, Dec 13, 1994

  • 1st Asian Gay and Lesbian Internet Portal: Utopia-Asia.com, Dec 13, 1995

  • 1st Taiwanese Gay Wedding: 1996

  • 1st Officially Authorized Taiwanese Gay Magazine: G&L, 1996

  • 1st Thai International Gay Film/Video Festival: Bangkok, Oct 11, 1996

  • 1st International Chinese Tongzhi Conference: Hong Kong, Dec, 1996

  • 1st Asian Lesbian Pride March: Tokyo, 1997

  • 1st Taiwanese Gay Pride Event: Taipei, June 29, 1997

  • Legal Victory in Gay Discrimination Suit: Tokyo, Sep 16, 1997

  • 1st Korean Gay Magazine: Buddy, 1998

  • 1st Chinese National Lesbian Conference: Beijing 1998

  • 1st Thai International Gay Pride Festival: Bangkok, Oct 31, 1999

  • 1st Indonesian Lesbian Organization: Swara Srikandi, 2000

  • 1st Utopia Awards for Gay & Lesbian Pioneers: Bangkok, Nov 4, 2000

  • China Officially Declassifies Homosexuality as a Disease: 2001

  • 1st Chinese Gay Film Festival: Beijing, 2001

  • Thailand Officially Declassifies Homosexuality as a Mental Disorder: 2002

  • 1st Cambodian Gay Pride Event: Phnom Penh, 2003

  • 1st Sri Lankan GLBT AIDS Event: Jul 3, 2003

  • 1st Taiwanese Gay Pride March: Nov 1, 2003

  • 1st Korean Gay Wedding: Mar, 2004

  • 1st Indian Gay and Lesbian Center: Mumbai, Apr 25, 2004

  • 1st Hong Kong GLBT Rights Rally, May 17, 2005

  • 1st Int'l Conference of Asian GLBT Studies: Bangkok, July 7-9, 2005

  • 1st Sri Lankan Pride Celebration: Colombo, July 20, 2005

  • 1st Singaporean Public Pride Festival: Indignation, the month of Aug, 2005

  • Thailand's 1st National Human Rights Day for Sexual Diversity, Nov 29, 2008

  • Shanghai's 1st Pride Week, June 7-14, 2009

  • Dehli Repeals Anti-Homosexual Laws, July 2, 2009

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