8th July 2012
China lifts ban on lesbians donating blood 1
10:40 PM — Lesbians in China can now legally give blood - although the ban on sexually active gay and bisexual men remains. The Ministry of Health announced last week that the ban on lesbians donating blood would be lifted immediately.
26th March 2012
Gay Taiwanese couple make bid to be registered as same-sex household in landmark hearing 5
1:35 PM — A Taiwanese gay couple who have been together for six years are to apply to the Taipei High Administrative Court in a bid to be registered as such under the country's Department of Household Legislation.
21st March 2012
First UK conference on gay China begins this week 14
9:57 AM — A dozen leading figures from the Chinese gay and lesbian community will speak at The University of Manchester this week in the first event of its kind in the UK.
3rd February 2012
China: 16 million women ‘married to gays’ 20
1:31 PM — A university professor in China has estimated that 16 million women in the world's most populous country are married to gays.
26th July 2011
Taiwan denies gay foreign diplomats immunity for their spouses 6
2:43 PM — The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed yesterday that same-sex spouses of diplomats posted to the country are not entitled to full diplomatic immunity and other privileges in Taiwan currently enjoyed by their straight counterparts.
17th June 2011
Hong Kong government hires ‘gay cure expert’ 58
4:15 PM — Hong Kong's government has hired a 'reparative therapy' expert who says gays can be cured. Psychiatrist Hong Kwai-wah has been taken on as a trainer for the government's social welfare staff, AFP reports.
4th April 2011
60 arrested in Shanghai gay bar raid 6
9:42 AM — More than 60 people were arrested this weekend when police raided a gay bar in Shanghai. According to AFP, police in the Chinese city said that patrons at Q bar were watching "pornographic" shows.
4th March 2011
Chinese news website sparks fierce debate over gay marriage 11
11:37 AM — A debate between one of China's leading pro-gay advocates and the editor of an influential national newspaper has erupted on the one of the country's most popular and comprehensive news websites.
15th February 2010
South African man wins Mr Gay World 2010 31
6:50 PM — A South African man has scooped the title of Mr Gay World 2010. Charl Van den Berg, a 28-year-old restaurateur from Cape Town, was named the winner at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, yesterday.
19th January 2010
Same-sex hand holding day goes worldwide 5
6:54 PM — The organiser of an initiative to help gay people feel confident holding hands in public is celebrating the spread of the movement across the world.
18th January 2010
China will not compete for Mr Gay World 2
4:37 PM — Following the cancellation of the first gay pageant last week, China will not be sending a national finalist to the Mr Gay World competition next month, organisers announced.
15th January 2010
Mr Gay China pageant shut down by police 20
1:25 PM — China's first gay pageant has been shut down by police for apparently not following the correct procedures. The event was scheduled to begin today in Beijing, with eight contestants fighting for the chance to represent their country at the Mr Gay World competition later this year.
13th January 2010
China’s state press covers gay wedding 8
7:20 PM — A state-run Chinese newspaper gave its front page to a gay wedding today. China Daily, an English-language newspaper, featured the wedding of Zeng Anquan and Pan Wenjie, which took place on January 3rd.
12th January 2010
China’s first gay pageant to be held this week 3
11:41 AM — Eight contestants will fight to the chance to be crowned Mr Gay China when the country's first gay pageant gets underway this week. China only decriminalised homosexuality in 1997 and it was seen as a mental illness until 2001.
21st December 2009
Chinese government backs first official gay bar 11
11:01 AM — China's first official gay bar has opened after a three-week delay sparked by intense media attention. Opening on Saturday evening, the bar is situated in the tourist town of Dali in the southwestern province of Yunnan. It is the first venue of its kind to receive government backing.