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[Editorial] Advancing LGBTIQ rights

Last week, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer or questioning (LGBTIQ) community celebrated the historic decision of the Constitutional Court in Taipei, Taiwan, ruling in favour of same sex marriages, becoming only the second country in the Asia Pacific region to do so after New Zealand. Yet the same week saw the inhumane public caning of two gay men in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Although homosexuality is not criminalised in Indonesia at large, the caning joins the rising (often publicly supported) number of nationalistic attacks against the LGBTIQ community globally.

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