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.
22nd December 2009
Mexico City becomes first Latin American capital to legalise gay marriage 22
12:47 PM — Mexico City has become the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America. Same sex couples have been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2006 but the new legislation will give gay couple equal rights when it comes to family social security benefits and loans.
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.