In many countries throughout Asia and the Pacific, same-sex activity is legal. However, most countries lack LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws and provisions for same-sex marriage, and many don’t allow citizens to change their legal gender. LGBTQ people are also not allowed to openly serve in the military in the majority of countries in the region. Here’s a breakdown of where we are at in the fight for LGBTQ equality, visibility, and recognition under the law.
Click to view and enlarge maps that show where same-sex sexual activity is legal, where anti-discrimination laws exist, and which countries have the right to change legal gender in both Asia and the Pacific.
Continue to scroll through this page to read highlights about each country.