Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands: Regional Developments on LGB Rights

Anthony J. Langlois

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This chapter considers regional initiatives to advance the situation for lesbians, gays, and bisexuals (LGBs) in Southeast Asia and among the Pacific Island states. Although changes are afoot in LGB politics across the whole of the Asia-Pacific region, these two subregions both offer examples of regional initiatives and activity. In part, this is because of existing, institutionally formalized, political, cultural, and economic structures at the regional level. The two subregions are significantly different from one another. Southeast Asia, crucially, has become a region of formal political and economic cooperation of very considerable institutional density, driven by the creation and evolution of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (~SEAN). By contrast, the degree of formal institutional cooperation among the Pacific Island states is quite minimal, with neither the level of institutional development nor the commitment to such a political project. The principle organ of regional architecture is the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF); an intergovernmental organization, it seeks to foster cooperation, coordinate shared interests, and harmonize policy settings in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorldwide Perspectives on Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 3: The Global Picture
EditorsPaula Gerber
Place of PublicationSanta Barbara, CA
PublisherABC-Clio Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4408-4227-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4408-4226-9, 978-1-4408-4838-4, 978-1-4408-4839-1, 978-1-4408-4840-7
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • LGB Rights
  • Equality
  • Human rights
  • Sexual minorities


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