The Himalayan Kingdom has never punished homosexuality, he explains, but most in their religiously conservative society would rather not talk about it.
With 43 Yes votes and a lone No vote, the National Assembly yesterday endorsed the amendment of the Civil and Criminal Procedure Code (CCPC) Bill of Bhutan 2019.
The following country profiles are derived in part from sections of the Human Rights Watch 2019 World Report that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) is a grave violation of the human rights of sexual and gender minorities worldwide.
Participants share good practices on implementing transgender-protective laws, policies and programmes during a session at the Multi-Country South Asia Roundtable on Legal Gender Recognition.
Men who have sex with men and transwomen face higher HIV and health risks as well as negative impacts on their mental health due to violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE). To stop this violence, there needs to be a better understanding of it, to know what is happening and why.
While majority of health care providers agree that men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people should receive the same level of attention and care, homophobia, misconceptions and value-driven stigma does impact the quality of care provided to them.
A coalition of regional key population networks responding to the impact of HIV in Asia and the Pacific is calling for its members to be more involved in managing key grants from the internationally funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund).
While awareness around the LGBTQ+ community has increased in recent years, the majority continue to hide their sexual orientation due to the risk of verbal and physical assault.
Bhutan is one of the few countries in South Asia that continues to experience a low adult (15-49 years) HIV prevalence according to the Country progress report on HIV response in Bhutan 2015.
The new report looks at barriers Bhutanese gay men and other men who have sex with men and transgender people have in accessing health services. In addition to the strengths, limitations and needs of the health services dealing with marginalized peoples' sexual health, the study puts forth a set of concrete recommendations. Find the report here