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Thai party fields transgender candidate for PM

BANGKOK: As Pinit Ngarmpring, he was a CEO and sports promoter, well known in the world of Thai soccer. Now, under her preferred new name of Pauline Ngarmpring, she’s pursuing a bid to become the country’s first transgender prime minister.

Getting to know the people: Pauline (right), a candidate for the parliament, greeting people during an election campaign in Bangkok. — AP

Indonesia pressures Instagram over gay Muslim comic strips

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Instagram account displaying comic strips depicting the struggles faced by gay Muslim men was removed on Wednesday after authorities labelled it "pornographic" and threatened to block the platform.

High Court sets date for Khalid’s application to strike out defence

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has fixed March 6 to decide on an application by Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad to strike out the defence statement filed by Gerakan Muslimah Islam Malaysia (GMIM) president Wan Asshima Kamaruddin.

Singapore vows to prosecute American over data leak

SINGAPORE: Singapore has vowed to bring back and prosecute an American man accused of leaking data on thousands of people with HIV, after the breach caused widespread anger.

LGBT fury over HIV data leak

SINGAPORE: Rico has lived with HIV for almost a decade, confiding in only a small number of people in socially conservative Singapore, fearful of the reaction.

Which candidate? How about ‘none of the above’?

WITH just over two months before voting day in Indonesia, more people have come out to denounce the way the elections are being run, saying that come April 17, they will simply stay away from polling stations.

Quality check: Indonesia’s General Elections Commission says some 939.9 million ballot papers will be printed for the upcoming elections.

Equal, with no exceptions

Over the decades, the previous administration did much to recognise equality between non-Muslim men and women. Now it’s time for this Pakatan Harapan government to summon the political will and courage to recognise the equality of and non-discrimination against Muslim women as a fundamental policy.

Japan court upholds sterilisation to register gender change

TOKYO: Human rights and LGBT activists denounced a ruling by Japan’s Supreme Court upholding a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilised before they can have their gender changed on official documents.

Gabriel's journey: A transgender Spaniard makes the change

MADRID (Reuters) - Gabriel Diaz de Tudanca is a 19-year-old Spaniard who, although born a girl, identified as male from early childhood.

From pariah to demi-god - transgender leader a star at massive Indian festival

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) - In a desert tent guarded by armed police and a thick-set bouncer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is blessing a constant stream of pilgrims, who garland her with marigolds and kneel to touch her feet.