Homosexual acts are illegal in 9 Asian countries (as of May 2012). In countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan and Burma, this is however rarely or never reinforced. Still, LGBT persons do face discrimination and violation of fundamental rights throughout the region.



Although same-sex relations for both men and women are not illegal, same-sex couples and households are not eligible for the same legal protections as heterosexual couples, while it was only in 2010 that a major state-owned media network confirmed for the first time that homosexuality is normal.

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