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In Vietnam, an Unlikely Haven For Gays - and a Lucrative Market

Reuters - Hanoi, Vietnam, 2/29/2016

If it had been in business a decade ago, Nguyen Anh Thuan's restaurant would have been a target for late-night police raids to arrest lawbreakers and stamp out ‘social evils’. But Comga Cafe, in the heart of Vietnam's capital, is no gambling den, after-hours bar or front for dealing drugs. It is an enterprise friendly to people of all sexual preferences in a one-party state where conservative values are strong. While transgender, gay and lesbian people are persecuted and even jailed in many Asian countries, Vietnam has quietly become a trailblazer, with laws to decriminalise gay marriage and co-habitation and recognise sex changes on identity documents.

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Aligarh Row: Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari Says Homosexuality is as Legitimate as Conventional Sexuality

Daily News and Analysis - New Delhi, India, 2/28/2016

Amid the ban called in Aligarh over the Manoj Bajpayee starrer 'Aligarh', Congress leader Manish Tewari said that it was unfortunate that some 'bigots' were not able to deal with the theme of the movie and asserted that homosexuality is as legitimate an orientation as conventional sexuality. Stating that it was not right to ban a movie due to personal choice, he said that it was against the freedom of 'listening, speaking and seeing'.

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Advocacy Group Bats for Child Protection

The Manila Times - Manila, Philippines, 2/28/2016

Advocates of an international organisation in the Philippines expressed hope that the next government would engage in more decisive actions to stump out child sex trafficking in the country. There are no exact figures for minors forced to work as sex workers owing to the difficulty in tracking them down. Evidence of how rampant child sex trafficking is in at least five cities in Metro Manila was disclosed in a study conducted by International Justice Mission - Philippines (IJM-Philippines) in 2015.

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Instant Noodles Can Make Babies Gay, Claims Indonesia Mayor

Daily News and Analysis, Indonesia, 2/27/2016

Arief R Wismansyah, the mayor of Indonesia's Tangerang city has reportedly claimed that babies can become gay by consuming instant noodles and milk formula. Wismansyah’s controversial statement is not the first anti-gay rhetoric in the Southeast Asian country. Indonesia’s defence minister said the LGBT movement was more dangerous than nuclear warfare, reported the Daily Mail. In January 2016, Indonesia's minister of research and technology, urged for LGBT students to be banned from universities.

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Maneka Gandhi: Will Reward Schoolboys for Behaving Good with Girls

Mid Day - Haryana, India, 2/26/2016

Addressing a programme at Manav Rachna University in Surajkund, Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi, said the government is formulating a plan where schoolboys will be rewarded if they behave well with girls. The Minister also said that a plan is being worked out to include an alarm button on mobile phones which will be help women to seek assistance from police in emergency situations. Gandhi said that girl students and women are being roped in to stop domestic violence.

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