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Tea Leaves

Asian LGBT activists strike at colonial era attitudes

Civic awards reflect changing society in Asia

Pangina Heals performs in the residence of the British ambassador in Bangkok. (Photo by Apcom)

For me, the image of Thailand's most famous "drag queen" strutting past a statue of the 19th century British monarch -- in whose name homosexuality was outlawed throughout her colonial empire -- spoke volumes about the shift in Asian attitudes toward LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people.  

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