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31 December 2009Hong Kong strengthens same-sex domestic violence laws 1 An ordinance passed by the Hong Kong Legislative Council will allow cohabiting gay couples to seek injunctions in cases of domestic violence, but does not give them legal recognition.
30 December 2009New rights for trans people in Pakistan 2 The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the government to allow trans people the right to a distinct gender.
21 December 2009Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw criticised for Sri Lankan Christmas holiday 33 The Independent on Sunday reports that human rights campaigners have questioned whether openly gay culture secretary Ben Bradshaw should have decided to hold his Christmas holiday on the island of Sri Lanka.
12 December 2009Gay soldier Ben Rakestrow comes out on return from Afghanistan 39 A 21-year-old member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) has become one of the first British openly gay soldiers serving in a major conflict.
7 December 2009Bollywood’s first gay love scene 6 An upcoming Bollywood film will feature what is thought to be the industry's first gay love scene.
30 November 2009Chinese city opens gay bar to tackle HIV 9 The Chinese city government of Dali has opened a state-funded gay bar to tackle HIV infections.
27 November 2009Thailand to limit gender reassignment surgery 20 Thailand's government has passed stricter rules for patients seeking gender reassignment surgery.
29 September 2009Bruno banned in Malaysia 12 The film Bruno, about a gay fashion journalist, has been banned in Malaysia for its gay sex scenes.
24 September 2009Vaccine cuts risk of HIV infection ‘by a third’ 4 Researchers have found that a combination of two experimental HIV vaccines cut infection rates by one third.
14 September 2009Indonesian province introduces severe penalties for homosexuality 16 Aceh, a devoutly Muslim province of Indonesia, has passed new laws allowing heavy punishments for homosexuality, adultery and alcohol consumption.
8 September 2009‘Gay cure’ yoga guru to to set up centre on Scottish island 29 An Indian yoga guru who claimed the practice could cure homosexuality is to set up a yoga and meditation centre on a remote Scottish island.
2 September 2009Indian government tipped to allow gay sex ruling 2 The Indian government will not oppose a recent Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality in the capital, according to a report.
27 August 2009Indian cabinet could report next week on legalisation of gay sex 1 The Indian government could give its official response to a court ruling that decriminalised homosexual acts as early as next week.
7 August 2009AIDS chief stresses importance of positive media respresentation of LGBT Indians 1 The man leading the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has said that the media should reject sensationalist reporting when dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.
6 August 2009Gay Indian prince: ‘Yoga didn’t turn me straight’ 17 A gay Indian prince has criticised claims made by a yoga guru that yoga can 'cure' homosexuality.
5 August 2009Bollywood show enters fight for Indian gay rights 1 An Indian television show is to screen an episode on gay rights.
4 August 2009Thai boxer may face ban for posing in gay magazine 13 A Thai boxer who posed on the cover of a gay magazine in his underwear is facing a year-long ban.
28 July 2009Chinese lesbians protest blood donation ban 2 Lesbians in China have set up an online petition to be allowed to donate blood.
20 July 2009Indian Supreme Court refuses to stay verdict on gay sex 5 The Indian Supreme Court today decided to reject a petition to put a recent High Court judgement on decriminalising gay sex on hold.
16 July 2009Pakistan court orders equal benefits for trans people 5 The Supreme Court in Islamabad has ordered that trans people should receive equal protection and support from the government.