The Team at Asiaout would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome we’ve received on our launch yesterday. We thank everyone who visits, leaves comments, joins the Friends Of AsiaOut, ‘Likes’ our Facebook page, or just comes to look.
Launching AsiaOut on 14 February was a demonstration that we believe in the power of love in bringing our community together; we stand to support, inform, and encourage our GLBT brothers and sisters in gaining full equality in our lives, where ever you are. Not extra rights, but the same rights as everyone else.
While Valentine’s Day is universally accepted as the Day Of Love, not everyone can marry the person they love, and this was vividly illustrated in Thailand yesterday, a country generally renown for its acceptance of GLBTs.
Bangkok’s Bang Rak district (“District of Love”) is an extremely popular place to get married on Valentine’s Day, with hundreds of couples tying the knot on this special day every year, but for one couple it proved to be a day of disappointment when officials refused to grant them a marriage license.
Lesbians Rungtiva Tangkanopas and Panlavee Chongtangsajjatham went home disappointed, despite reports that in another area two buffaloes (of all things) were given an official marriage. Meanwhile the lesbian activist Anjaree is pushing for a change in the law, through an officially sponsored committee, which would create a form of Civil Union for the country’s GLBT community. We hope that this actually comes to fruition and does not get bogged down in the bureaucracy.
While countries like Vietnam, Taiwan, and even China, are opening up to the idea of same-sex marriage, can we dare imagine such as thing happening in Malaysia?
AsiaOut will be supporting Pride and GLBT rights events around Asia, and we are happy to hear from organisers of other GLBT events too.
Don’t forget that AsiaOut is not one website, but three!
AsiaOut.com leads the trio with regularly updated details of news and events around Asia, a comprehensive GLBT Country Guide section, fun videos, feature stories, plus our galleries which are housed on Facebook (and being added to frequently).
AsiaOut is your website! We would like you to actively participate. We welcome comments, stories, or any other kind of input you’d like to include. Don’t be shy! We’ll be adding more to the site in due course too!
Our Thanks for your kind support.
The AsiaOut Team