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A Regional Contextual Analysis of the LGBTI Movement in South & South East Asia

This regional context analysis aims to assess the current status of activism on rights relating to sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) in South and South East Asia. The paper provides a summary overview of political, legal, economic, social, cultural and religious factors affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI)1 persons across the region, as well as a brief introduction to the regional and sub-regional human rights mechanisms, civil society organizations undertaking regional work, and other programmes. Finally, an analysis of the gaps, needs and strengths of regional civil society activism on SOGIESC issues backgrounds a set of recommendations, and identifies opportunities, for funders of LGBTI human rights work in the region.

The contents of this paper are grounded in desk research (a list of key resources is annexed), and written input from and interviews with regional stakeholders from civil society and UN agencies, which took place in October and November 2016. Stakeholders were also invited to review and edit the final draft. All input was invaluable to the process and outcome.

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