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China

  • 9th July 2012

    China: Wives of gay men ‘defrauded by support website’ 2

    Police are said to be investigating the alleged fraud

    10:52 AM — Fifty wives of gay men in China say a website set up to provide them with support in their marriage has defrauded them, state media reports.

  • 8th July 2012

    China lifts ban on lesbians donating blood 1

    Chinese lesbians can now donate blood

    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

    Taiwan's Department of Household Registration does not yet recognise gay couples

    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

    The event begins tomorrow at the University of Manchester (Photo: Alex Carisey)

    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

    The number is twenty times the population of Cyprus (Photo: Flickr user Sklathill)

    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

    Taiwan will not grant privileges to diplomats' gay spouses

    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

    Hong Kong's Social Welfare Department has hired a gay cure expert

    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

    Homosexuality is legal in China

    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

    The Chinese website sparked a fierce debate over gay marriage equality in the country

    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

    Charl Van den Berg won the Mr Gay World contest

    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

    Vince and Avinash on the Great Wall of China

    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

    China will not send a contestant to Mr Gay World

    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

    Mr Gay China was cancelled today

    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

    The couple are shown in the top right

    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

    Mr Gay China gets underway on Friday

    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

    Last year China's Ministry of Health implemented its first ever national programme to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS among gay men

    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.

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