A new low-budget comedy continues the Thai film world's love affair with Tom lesbians, and non-lady-boy gay men. There is only one kathoey character in the film, reports Doug Sanders from Bangkok, a departure from the standard Thai queer comedies.
Asia is becoming more LGBTI friendly. Change is not dramatic but incremental, says Douglas Sanders, a long-time activist and Professor Emeritus in Law at Canada's University of British Columbia and Thailand's Chulalongkorn University.
Two historic appeals on marriage are being argued in the US Supreme Court this week. One is a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The other is about an amendment to the state constitution in California. Douglas Sanders, Professor Emeritus in Law at Canada’s University of British Columbia and Thailand's Chulalongkorn University, provides a backgrounder to the two cases.
A new UN report Born Free and Equal presents the UN's new view that LGBT Rights are part of international human rights law. The report tells many grim stories of abuse – but equally, there are appealing pictures of gay parades and rainbow flags. Douglas Sanders reports.