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May 4, 2015

Activist is one of the most leading LGBTI voices in the country

A prestigious university in Bangkok has fired a transgender lecturer for 'inappropriate behavior' in the media.

Kath Khangpiboon, 28, a social work lecturer at Thammasat University, was notified of her dismissal in early March after about 10 months of teaching.

School authorities told the transgender activist that she had 'behaved inappropriately and used inappropriate language in the media, which affected her image as a university lecturer.'

April 23, 2015

We put new app Momondo Places to the test in the capital of Denmark

If you’re as old as me, you’ll remember a time when you wouldn’t dream of embarking on a vacation or city break without buying or borrowing the relevant guide book.

Whether it was Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, or one of the many other authoritative travel publishers, the reviews and advice that you found in your trusty guidebook influenced where you stayed, where you ate, and what you did at each destination – and for a lot of people, they of course still do.

April 20, 2015

'Foreigners are fond of pets'

Photos of a Thai man holding hands with his foreign boyfriend have gone viral.

Noparuj Kaendi and Thorsten Mid were snapped on the Bangkok Sky Train during the Songkran festival, which brings thousands of gay men from around region to the city.

The photos were met with a torrent of abuse after they were uploaded on the Facebook page of Philippine news BV Patrol on Saturday (18 April) morning.

At the time of writing, the post had nearly 17,000 likes and more than 12,000 shares.

'Foreigners are fond of pets,' wrote one commenter.

April 16, 2015

Winners include Jolin Tsai and IBM 

Transgender activist Nisha Ayub was named Hero of the Year at the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards & Diversity Leadership Forum (ALMA) on Wednesday (15 April) night in Bangkok.

The Malaysian, who was thrown into prison for being trans, won a landmark case to overturn an Islamic anti-cross-dressing law in the Muslim-majority country.

Entrepreneur of The Year went to Geng Le, a former policeman who made headlines the world over when his gay dating app Blued received US$30 million in mainstream capital investment.

April 10, 2015

Find out what it takes to be shortlisted for an Asia LGBT Milestone Award

Business is at the heart of securing positive change for LGBTI people in Asia.

They sponsor pride parades and festivals, try to support their gay and trans staff, and even change hearts and minds.

Here are the 11 organizations shortlisted for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

100 judges are now choosing the final winners who will be announced at a ceremony in Bangkok on 14 April with tickets available here.

April 10, 2015

Pop stars, entrepreneurs, film makers, TV celebrities and a current prisoner

From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.

So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.

They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.

Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.

But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

March 25, 2015

The event will take place as part of the Asia LGBT Milestone Awards and will feature speakers from BP and IBM – as well as a former Chinese policeman, Geng Le, who has created a multi-million dollar gay dating app empire

The Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMA Awards 2015) will return for its second annual outing in mid-April.

Organizers have today announced that the event will include an international business forum to discuss issues around social diversity and inclusion concerning LGBTI minorities.

The headline topic for discussion will be: What you can do – today’s key challenges to achieving greater diversity in the workplace.

March 20, 2015

Travel Massive founder Ian Cumming is using social media to create value through grassroots collaboration.

Ian Cumming left his home in the Australian state of Tasmania in 2008. He was 28 and had already created his first business - a software consultancy company.

Since then, Cumming has pursued his passion for travel. First backpacking through Thailand and Laos while building (and then selling) a travel information sharing platform. Cumming then moved to Sydney from where he established Travel Massive which has grown to become the world's largest travel community.

March 11, 2015

Gifts include cash, gold, a diamond ring, diamond earrings and a Toyota

A former national softball player has made headlines in Thailand after she proposed to her girlfriend with a two million baht ($61,000) dowry.

On the morning of 8 March, Chanut went to her girlfriend's house in their home province of Chonburi bearing gifts for her future in-laws.

They included 400,000 baht in cash, 333.5 grams of gold, a diamond ring, a pair of diamond earrings and a Toyota car.

February 28, 2015

Convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the meeting is the first of its kind to bring together LGBTI activists, government and private sector representatives from over 30 countries

Some 200 participants from over 30 countries gathered for the three-day Regional Dialogue on LGBTI Human Rights and Health in Asia-Pacific at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok that concluded yesterday.

Speakers included Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, Member of Parliament of Mongolia; Louise Wall, Member of Parliament of New Zealand; Tarana Halim, Member of Parliament of Bangladesh; law and human rights experts; community organization workers; as well as private sector representatives.

February 25, 2015

The Scotland-born traveller on her adopted hometown and its treasures

I've lived here since… 2011. I stayed because I love the tropical climate, and for my job as General Manager of Asia tour operators Backyard Travel.

For culture, you can't miss… the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Then Wat Pho, a Buddhist temple and the Old City area. There are so many parts to Thai culture, that there’s not one single place where you can really comprehend all aspects of it, but this area is a good starting point.

February 25, 2015

The Scotland-born traveller on her adopted hometown and its treasures

I've lived here since… 2011. I stayed because I love the tropical climate, and for my job as General Manager of Asia tour operators Backyard Travel.

For culture, you can't miss… the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Then Wat Pho, a Buddhist temple and the Old City area. There are so many parts to Thai culture, that there’s not one single place where you can really comprehend all aspects of it, but this area is a good starting point.

February 14, 2015

The couple said their wedding vows and exchanged rings onboard a Vietjet flight on Valentine's Day, according to an advertorial on a local news website

Lesbian couple Tang Ai Linh and her partner Pham Thi Thanh Phuong celebrated their wedding onboard a Vietjet flight today – Valentine's Day – from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, Thailand.

February 12, 2015

Officials are concerned about the high HIV rate among gay men

Bangkok officials have urged youths to forgo sex on Valentine's Day and burn incense at a temple instead.

The appeal was made out of concern for the high HIV rate among gay men and the country's teenage pregnancy rate, which is the highest in southeast Asia.

In the capital, HIV prevalence in men who have sex with men stood at 30% in 2013, which is comparable to AIDS hotspots in Africa.

February 12, 2015

Officials are concerned about the high HIV rate among gay men

Bangkok officials have urged youths to forgo sex on Valentine's Day and burn incense at a temple instead.

The appeal was made out of concern for the high HIV rate among gay men and the country's teenage pregnancy rate, which is the highest in southeast Asia.

In the capital, HIV prevalence in men who have sex with men stood at 30% in 2013, which is comparable to AIDS hotspots in Africa.

February 12, 2015

'To their advantage, trans models are usually tall and extremely gregarious'

Thailand’s leading modeling agency last month celebrated the worldwide launch of its new transgender division.

Bangkok-based Apple Model Management Agency became the first agency in the world to represent transgender models when the division launched in Thailand in November.

Although transgender models have always been widely accepted in the southeast Asian country, the advent of transgender women in the mainstream media sparked the idea of creating a transgender division.

February 12, 2015

'To their advantage, trans models are usually tall and extremely gregarious'

Thailand’s leading modeling agency last month celebrated the worldwide launch of its new transgender division.

Bangkok-based Apple Model Management Agency became the first agency in the world to represent transgender models when the division launched in Thailand in November.

Although transgender models have always been widely accepted in the southeast Asian country, the advent of transgender women in the mainstream media sparked the idea of creating a transgender division.

February 10, 2015

'Some hotels put up signs prohibiting dogs, durians and transgenders'

A well-known transgender model filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand yesterday (9 February) after she was denied entry to a club in Bangkok because of her gender identity.

Sarina Thai went to Onyx club on Royal City Avenue with four foreign friends on New Year's Eve. The security guard admitted her friends but turned her away after he checked her ID and found out she was transgender.

Thai said she felt humiliated and decided to file the petition to try and bring about social change.

February 10, 2015

'Some hotels put up signs prohibiting dogs, durians and transgenders'

A well-known transgender model filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand yesterday (9 February) after she was denied entry to a club in Bangkok because of her gender identity.

Sarina Thai went to Onyx club on Royal City Avenue with four foreign friends on New Year's Eve. The security guard admitted her friends but turned her away after he checked her ID and found out she was transgender.

Thai said she felt humiliated and decided to file the petition to try and bring about social change.

January 26, 2015

We delve into the back catalogue of landscape and travel photographer Weerapong Chaipuck

Bangkok-based photographer Weerapong Chaipuck has been making waves for years with his incredibly moving, intensely colourful snapshots of Asia.

For more information about Chaipuck, and to see more images that'll make you want to quit your job, up sticks and see the world, visit his 500px.com website by clicking here.

Right: Cemara Indah Village at sunrise

January 21, 2015

Travel search site's new guides also encompass Barcelona, Berlin and New York

Travel search site momondo.co.uk has launched a new series of comprehensive city guides for iPhone users – that are completely free to download and use.

Following on from momondo's popular iPad app, the guides will encompass 11 cities around the world: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris and Rome, with more cities to be added throughout the year.

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 14, 2014

Bangkok-based agency has 18 girls in its trans division

A Thai modeling agency has launched the first transgender model division in the world.

The Bangkok-based Apple Modeling Agency annouced the division on Tuesday (11 November) and has 18 transgender girls on its books.

Apple is one of the leading and largest modeling agencies in the southeast Asian country.

Draq queen Pangina Heals interviewed ten of the models for Coconuts TV on a photo shoot for Lips magazine.

'We have three physical types of transgender models,' said Siwaporn Hotarapawanond, director of the agency.

October 22, 2014

More than 80 others were detained at the unlicensed club

Thai Police detained more than 80 people on Sunday night in a raid on an unlicensed gay bar in Bangkok.

Hijack Sauna in Lat Yao district was operating a gay bar without a license and was raided after complaints about noise from local residents.

Police entered the venue at 4am, blocking the front and back exits and turning on all the lights.