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Countries listed in this section have laws against homosexuality, though the said laws are not enforced in practice.

Asia

India

While homosexual acts were decriminalized by a 2018 supreme court ruling after years of litigation, discrimination continues to exist in many rural villages.

  • Much gay activity was underground and focused on public cruising, but conventional scenes are quickly developing in cities such as BangaloreDelhi and Mumbai.
  • On June 29, 2008, four Indian cities (Delhi, Bangalore, Pondicherry, and Kolkata) saw coordinated pride events, and on 16 August 2008 the gay community in Mumbai held its first ever formal parade.
  • Engaging in public displays of affection for both the straight and the gay and lesbian community is met with strong rejection. If you are being open as gay/lesbian couple in the open as in many areas, laws do not tend to have such a positive effect.
  • Even though India claims to be anti-homosexuality in political and religious aspects, public demonstrations of affection like holding hands or soft kissing are not penalized and are a very common practice between same sex members all over the country (it would be worse if they see you kissing or holding hands with someone of the opposite sex). A study from B.H.U. (that was penalized and quickly disappeared from all media) discovered that almost 90% of the male population has engaged in sexual acts with males, because of the great taboo that women are to Indian men.

Indonesia

While homosexual acts are not illegal (except for in the province in Aceh and the city of Palembang), many still hold homophobic attitudes, as Indonesia is a religious Muslim country. However, there are gay scenes in Jakarta and Bali.

Singapore

Male homosexuality is theoretically illegal in Singapore, as a result of colonial-era statutes, with a punishment of 2 years imprisonment. However, that law is not enforced in practice, and there are some high profile people working in the fashion and entertainment industry who are openly gay. There are also several gay bars operating in Chinatown, particularly in the vicinity of Neil Road. Attitudes towards homosexuals among the general population, however, leave much to be desired, and there is legalised discrimination against gay employees in government departments and the military. Openly flaunting your sexual orientation is likely to draw stares and whispers from the public, but you are extremely unlikely to get anything more serious than that. That being said, acceptance of homosexuality is slowly but surely growing among the younger generation. Given Singapore's low violent crime rate, unprovoked violence against homosexuals is virtually unheard of.

Every year, the LGBT community holds the Pink Dot Rally in support of LGBT rights. This rally is held on a Saturday in May, June or July at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park. They are usually counter-protested by Christian and Muslim groups. However, foreigners who are not permanent residents are not allowed to attend the rally due to a ban on foreigners engaging in political activity in Singapore.

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