How is homosexuality seen in East Asia?

LGBT vacation in Asia - which countries are top?

  • October 7, 2018, 9:47 a.m., no comment yet

Asia is wonderfully beautiful. The wise beaches in Thailand, the food from India to Japan or the natural forces of Laos, Cambodia and China attract millions of visitors every year. Every vacationer has different demands and requirements. Some people want good and cheap food, others want luxury, others want adventure and still others value the LGBT factor in the destination country.

Asia has an eventful past, so it is obvious that colonial laws and even Sharia law make life difficult for Asian homosexuals. In some countries punishments such as lashes, imprisonment, and in some countries even the death penalty still exist. It's one extreme, the other is streets full of ladyboys or lesbian soap operas.

Thailand in the heart of Asia

Bangkok is later known after the movie "Hangover 2". Millions of people have been visiting the country for a variety of reasons for several decades. Thailand is also known as the puff of the world and in some places not at all wrongly. There are large parts of the city that are all about one thing. Sex tourism is now a big problem. This is one thing that sex tourists unfortunately still support. On the other hand, Thailand, with its wild bars and flashy transsexual ladyboys, is the stronghold of sexual freedom in all of Asia.

The kingdom is the only state in the entire surrounding region in which the free expression of sexual identity is protected and guaranteed by law. As a result, the country has more than earned itself successfully as the top travel destination for so-called pink tourism. There are beauty pageants for Thai transsexuals. According to statistics, one in 166 men is a ladyboy. In the US, the rate is 1 in 2,500.

But there is a dark star over the land of smiles, because the liberalism that is lived is fading more and more into the background. Since the military coup in 2014, acceptance has also been decreasing in Thailand. This can also be felt in society, which is becoming less and less tolerant. Another statistic shows that half of those under thirty think homosexuality is not good. In addition, Thailand is determined by the Buddhist faith. It also states that gays, lesbians and transsexuals suffer from bad karma because these people traded in a previous life. However, Thailand is still a beautiful and warm country where people welcome everyone with a smile.

Vietnam is currently the most attractive country

"Speak Production" is a Vietnamese soap opera, which takes up the story of lesbian couples in a college. It's neither a masterpiece nor great cinematic art, but it represents the country's openness. Vietnam is now considered to be the pioneer when it comes to gay rights in Asia. Homosexuality is no longer criminalized here, gays are even allowed to serve in the army and social acceptance is pleasant, open and warm. The government recently lifted the explicit ban on same-sex weddings.

Vietnam is an atheist state with no powerful religious groups. Since homosexuals often get off badly in religions and are viewed as sinners, this is more than positive for LGBT people. On the other hand, there are still cases where homosexual individuals and couples are stigmatized and disadvantaged and bullied in their daily lives. It is probably due to the lack of education about sexuality in general that, according to a survey, more than a third of Vietnamese people are homosexual for a contagious disease. This is attributed to a lack of love on the part of parents, friends and relatives and there are areas in which a few people believe that homosexuality can be cured. Nevertheless, Vietnam and Thailand are ideal travel destinations in Asia, which also score with fantastic nature, cuisine and culture

Malaysia as a contrast to Thailand

The neighboring country of Thailand Malaysia is dominated by Muslims. Sadly, therefore, impairments for LGBT in all areas of life are obvious. Same-sex love is not only forbidden in Malaysia, but society, citizens, authorities and politics, all of which are led by religious leaders, fuel a downright disgust towards homosexuals. A current example of how high the loathing for the LGBT community has become was a comparison by Prime Minister Najib Razak with the terrorist militia Islamic State. They are seen as a bad influence on society, the youth and the future of the country. As a result, there are no bars and areas like in Thailand or Vietnam, nor are there special tour guides for LGBT people and this country is still not a suitable destination.

A basis for the strongly degrading attitude is the antiquated sodomy law from old colonial times, which literally states that "carnal intercourse against nature" must be punished. This is still happening in Malaysia and has a very negative impact on the country and its society. Homosexuals face flogging and, in some cases, up to twenty years in prison.

Cambodia is attracting attention

Cambodia is a forgotten country, and this can not only be seen in the huge ruins of Angkor Wat. Hardly anything penetrates the European media from the country between Thailand and Vietnam, including the protests against homophobia in the country. Meanwhile, however, many smaller and larger LGBT groups are attracting attention and demanding their part. Lesbians, gays and transgender people are still bullied in the street by the authorities and by police officers, they face harassment and are disadvantaged in various areas of life.

But there are clear improvements in the country, because people can invoke their basic rights, take to the streets and demand what they are entitled to. The process of improvement is quick and has a good chance of success because in Cambodia there is a homosexual king in the palace of Phnom Penh. In the sporting sector, too, in contrast to the Bundesliga in Germany, more and more people in Cambodia have acknowledged their sexuality. Further topics about sport worldwide can be found on the website Sportwetten.org. (ak)



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