The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Photo: EPA
Suraj Girijashanker
Opinion

Opinion

Suraj Girijashanker

Brunei LGBT laws: move over George Clooney, why Asian activists are better off without ‘Western saviours’

  • Celebrities’ campaign against the implementation of strict sharia laws has focused mainly on gay sex being punishable by death
  • The impact of the regressive rules on other segments of society has been neglected

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The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Photo: EPA
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An LGBT pride parade in support of Taiwan’s same-sex marriage law. Photo: Reuters

China embraced gay ‘marriage’ long before Taiwan’s law. The West perverted history

  • Asia has a rich but largely forgotten history of acceptance of queer relationships
  • It was not until the colonial era that sexual and gender diversity came to be seen as a sin
Topic |   LGBTI

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An LGBT pride parade in support of Taiwan’s same-sex marriage law. Photo: Reuters
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