23rd March 2012
Nepal’s first gender-neutral public toilet to be unveiled 4
11:29 AM — Nepal's first openly gay MP has secured the opening of the country's first gender-neutral toilet.
22nd March 2012
Letter: Mark Zuckerberg, please allow users to list their gender as ‘other’ 20
9:20 PM — In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, Sunil Babu Pant, Nepal's first openly gay MP has asked for the social network to give users the option to describe their gender as 'other'. At present, Facebook requires users to select either male or female although it does give them the option of hiding their response.
Malaysian MP calls for ‘gay rehab’ 34
11:06 AM — A Malaysian MP who described 'scary' levels of homosexuality in his country has called for the government to open a gay 'rehabilitation' centre.
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.
14th March 2012
Call to recommend gay and trans protections in new Commonwealth Charter 7
2:28 PM — Individuals and organisations are being called on to suggest specific gay, transgender and intersex protections in a new consultation on the draft Commonwealth Charter.
28th February 2012
India: Supreme Court rebukes ministers for conflicting gay views 5
10:06 AM — Supreme Court judges hearing the case for reintroducing a ban on gay sex in India have warned the government for making contradictory statements about homosexuality.
16th February 2012
India: Supreme Court hears arguments for anti-gay law 22
9:58 AM — A challenge of the decision to decriminalise homosexuality in India has begun at the country's Supreme Court this week.
9th February 2012
From Diyarbakir with love: Kurdish, gay and proud 10
5:45 PM — As Zenne Dancer tells the story of a Kurdish ‘honour’ killing, we speak to Hebûn, the LGBT group in Diyarbakir.
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.
30th January 2012
Comment: Bangladesh’s invisible minority 6
1:13 PM — Rainer Ebert comments on life for the gay community of Bangladesh, where same-sex intercourse a crime punishable by imprisonment for life.
26th January 2012
Video: Gay artist’s work smashed in New Delhi 10
11:47 AM — A gay artist was attacked and a painting destroyed at his exhibition in New Delhi last week.
9th January 2012
Malaysian opposition leader’s sodomy charge thrown out 8
10:48 AM — The former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia has been cleared today of the sodomy charges in Kuala Lumpur after key DNA evidence was questioned. Anwar, 64, the current leader of the political opposition in the Asian country said he was a "little surprised".
5th January 2012
Malaysian opposition leader speaks of “archaic” sodomy laws during trial
1:13 PM — The former Deputy Prime Minister and current Leader of the Opposition in Malaysia has spoken of the "archaic" and "unjust" sodomy laws under which he is standing trial.
Filipino father admits burning son after discovering three children were gay 11
9:48 AM — A Filipino father has told police he drunkenly attacked his son after learning that three of his children were gay. The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch said today that 19-year-old Edmund Padilla was left with burns and blisters after his father, Erano, attacked him with boiling water.
4th January 2012
Transgender airline staff make inaugural flight in Thailand 10
2:18 PM — Thailand's first transgender air stewardesses have taken part in PC Air's inaugural flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani. The new airline took on four transgender crew last year when hiring thirty in-flight staff.
23rd December 2011
Malaysia urged to repeal anti-gay law and abandon politician’s trial 22
10:29 AM — The Malaysian government has been urged to revoke its laws criminalising homosexuality and abandon the criminal trial of its former deputy Prime Minister, which is believed to be nearing a verdict.
21st December 2011
Malaysian group wants legal probe of “disgraced” Irish civil partnership student 60
11:25 AM — A Malaysian religious group is calling for the country's police to intervene after one of their countrymen, who had been missing in Ireland for three years, was found to have entered into a civil partnership at the weekend.
19th December 2011
Malaysian student “missing” for three years found after Irish civil partnership 57
11:30 AM — A Malaysian student whose family reported him missing after he stopped contacting them three years ago has been found after pictures of his civil partnership ceremony in Ireland circulated the internet.
15th December 2011
Filipino gays perform updated Christmas carols for Catholic Bishops 11
9:55 AM — A group of rights campaigners in the Philippines has lobbied the country's Catholic Bishops Conference with an unusual round of carol-singing, including Jingle Bells rewritten with a human rights theme.
13th December 2011
100 take part in first gay pride march in Pune, India 6
12:21 PM — Around 100 people participated in the first gay pride march to be held in Pune, India's eighth largest city. The rally was organised by Samapathik, a local men's sexual health organisation.