Planning a world trip 1

Hey guys, so i and a friend of mine are planning a bigger trip, from december til march. We thought about traveling around south-east Asia, eg. Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos. But there are some countries where being gay/trans/genderqueer ect or just looking queer can be dangerous.

I found a quite useful map, where these countries are marked. Some have death penalty, some imprisonment, some forbid propaganda, but others even have protecting laws and marriage. 

http://ilga.org/what-we-do/lesbian-gay-rights-maps/

I will have had top surgery in december (without hormones), and I’m passing like 50/50, and looking quite queer, so I’m a bit scared of going to some of these places. Also I maybe have to change planes somewhere between Switzerland and Thailand, but all these countries in the middle are dark red… :/ I’ve just started planning, and will keep you updated. 

If you have any tipps or/and have been to some of these countries - reply! ^^

thanks! - fynn

Here’s a masterpost of resources to aid in learning South Asian languages! This is by NO means comprehensive. A very limited number of languages are represented here. This search was really frustrating because the more I looked, the more I realized how many dozens of South Asian languages are simply not represented or their existence acknowledged. If you have any resources/languages you’d like to me to add, please let me know! 

Assamese
iLanguage

Balochi
Balochi Basics
UChicago Resource List

Bengali
Everyday Language Learner
King’s College Resources
Bengali Masterlist

Brahui
Overview
Common Phrases (1)
Common Phrases (2)

Burmese
Cornell Burmese Resources
University of London Resources

Bumthang
Grammar (1)
Grammar (2) 

Chakma
Mastersite

Dari
King’s College Resources

Dhivehi
General Overview
Primary Grade Resources

Dzongkha
Vocabulary
Grammar

Dimasa
Grammar

Dogri
Overview

Halbi
Script/Language

Hindi/Urdu
WUSTL Hindi-Urdu Resources 
HindiUrdu.net
Hindi-Urdu Flagship Resources
Columbia Hindi-Urdu Resources

Hindko
Overview

Ho
Swarthmore Resources

Farsi
Virtual Persian
Resource Masterlist (1)
Resource Masterlist (2)

Garo
Overview

Gondi
Mastersite

Gujarati
King’s College Resources
Language Reef
Gujarati Learner
Gujarati Masterlist

Gurung
Video Series

Jingpho
Grammar

Kannada
UofIowa Resources
Language Reef

Kashmiri
Mastersite

Khams Tibetan
Language Materials

Kharia
Kharia-English Dictionary 

Khasi
Learning Basic Khasi

Kurukh
Kurukh Grammar

Kokborok
Learn Kokborok

Konkani 
Language Reef
Literature Resources
Common Phrases 

Lepcha
Grammar (1)
Grammar (2)
Basic Phrases

Maithili
Maithili Sentence Structure
Background and Linguistics

Malayalam
UofIowa Resources
Common School Phrases

Manipuri 
Common Phrases 
Language Reef

Marathi
iLanguage

Mishing
Grammar

Nepali
Nepali: Beginner’s Primer
NepalGo
NepaliLanguage.org
UofIowa Resources
Nepali Masterlist (1)
Nepali Masterlist + MP3 Lessons (2)

Nyishi
Grammar

Odia
Resource Masterlist 

Pashto
King’s College Resources

Punjabi
LearnPunjabi.org
King’s College Resources

Shina
Grammar Overview
Grammar and Vocab

Sindhi
Sindhi Masterlist

Sinhala 
Sinhala Basic Course 
AISLS Sinhala Studies
Sinhala/Tamil Dictionary

Sora
Swarthmore Talking Dictionary

Tamang
Writing Tamang

Tamil 
Tamil Reader/Grammar
AISLS Tamil Resources

Telugu
Learning Telugu
UofIowa Resources
Columbia Resources

Tibetan
Emory Resources
Tibetan Masterpost (1)
Tibetan Masterpost (2)
English-Tibetan Dictionary

Tshangla
Overview

Tulu
Common Phrases (1)
Common Phrases (2)
Common Phrases (3)
Common Phrases (4)

Apps
Mango Languages (Bengali, Dari, Dzongkha, Farsi, Hindi, Malayalam, Pashto, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu)
Livemocha (Farsi, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu) 
Duolingo (Hindi) 

Other Resources
So You Want to Learn a Language? (has resources on a ton of languages!)
Digital South Asia Library
Digital Dictionaries of South Asia (this resource is awesome!)
UChicago Recommended Resources
Omniglot (has some basic info for a lot of languages)
Languages of India Mastersite

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Myanmar roofed turtles reintroduced to the wild

Species believed extinct until rediscovery in 2001

Congratulations to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Turtle Survival Alliance in Myanmar for the recent release of 60 captive-raised Myanmar roofed turtles (Batagur trivittata) - a species believed to be extinct until 2001. We’re pleased to see the world’s second most endangered turtle on the road to recovery in its native habitat, and happy that funds from our Critically Endangered Animals Fund have helped support this effort!

Additional information on this particular project can be found at:

Wildlife Conservation Society - Roof Turtles


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photographs by Wildlife Conservation Society

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