2nd October 2013
Singapore High Court dismisses challenge to anti-sodomy law 9
2:04 PM — The High Court of Singapore on Wednesday dismissed a constitutional challenge against a law which criminalises consensual sex between men.
1st October 2013
UK: Lesbian asylum seekers due to be deported to Pakistan 5
5:28 PM — Campaigners say several female asylum seekers, some of whom are gay, face imminent deportation to Lahore in Pakistan.
23rd September 2013
Former Commonwealth Head of Human Rights condemns Sri Lanka over gay harassment 7
1:53 PM — The former head of Human Rights at the Commonwealth, Dr Purna Sen, has condemned the Sri Lankan Government over the harassment of activists campaigning for LGBT rights.
22nd September 2013
Taiwan: Religious groups fear same-sex marriages could lead to ‘adultery and incest’ 25
10:45 AM — Following recent campaigns in Taiwan pressuring authorities to legalise same-sex unions, religious organisations have sought to fight back, claiming that same-sex marriages could have "severe consequences" for the country, leading to adultery and incest.
20th September 2013
Singapore court denies Lord Goldsmith permission to defend gay rights case in country 6
1:15 PM — Tony Blair’s former attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, won't be allowed to enter Singapore in order to represent a same-sex couple in a gay rights case, the country’s High Court says.
17th September 2013
Malaysia: Human Rights Watch calls for an end to sodomy law 1
2:02 PM — The global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian government repeal the country's anti-sodomy laws, after the government decided to appeal the aquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges.
11th September 2013
India: First LGBT community radio station launched to ‘create awareness and acceptance’ in the country 1
3:37 PM — The first ever LGBT community radio station has been launched in Bangalore, India which aims to "create awareness and acceptance about alternate sexualities" and to "bridge the gap" between various sexualities in the country.
India: First ever gay candidate for secretary at top university speaks out over LGBT discrimination
1:56 PM — The first ever gay candidate for general secretary at one of India's leading universities has called attention to LGBT discrimination on campus, including an incident where he was denied hostel accommodation because he was deemed too "effeminate."
Japan: Government district in Osaka becomes first to support LGBT human rights 5
1:13 PM — A local government ward in the city of Osaka has become the first Japanese district to officially support LGBT human rights.
9th September 2013
India: Archbishop of Mumbai says being gay is ‘not a sin’ 12
2:06 PM — In a recent letter to LGBT activist groups in India, the Archbishop of Mumbai has said he would advise priests to be more sensitive while referring to gay people in public sermons, affirming "to say those with other sexual orientations are sinners is wrong."
8th September 2013
South Korea: Gay couple hold first ever public same-sex wedding despite anti-gay law
11:10 AM — Two gay filmmakers staged the first public same-sex wedding in South Korea on Saturday, despite laws which prohibit gay couples from marrying in the country.
Taiwan: Gay activists take part in mass ‘wedding banquet’ for same-sex unions
10:35 AM — More than 1,200 activists in Taiwan took part in a mock “wedding banquet” on Saturday in a bid to press for the legalisation of same-sex unions in the country.
5th September 2013
Where do each of the G20 countries stand on LGBT rights? 36
3:23 PM — Today 20 of the world's leading economies meet to discuss issues of global importance, the G20 summit is to take place in Russia which has found itself at the centre of an international storm of controversy over its law which bans the promotion of "non traditional" relationships.
31st August 2013
Taiwan: Gay activists plan ‘wedding banquet’ for same-sex unions
2:13 PM — Over 800 activists have pledged to support the "Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights" campaign this September, in a bid to press for the legalisation of same-sex unions.
25th August 2013
Nepal: Government excludes gay community from HIV meeting 1
1:28 PM — Nepal’s interim government has been criticised for ignoring the country's gay community and misusing funds after it sent only three officials to a HIV conference in Bangkok.
22nd August 2013
Nepal: LGBT community march for greater rights
3:08 PM — Yesterday over a thousand LGBT campaigners marched through the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu to demand more rights and greater recognition from the country.
20th August 2013
The 42 Commonwealth Nations where being gay can land you in prison 15
11:35 AM — The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth of Nations, the international body that was created out of what was formerly the British Empire. The Commonwealth states that its core values are "democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law and opportunity for all." However, freedom, peace and the opportunity for all are clearly denied to LGBT people in 41 of the 54 countries that are member states.
17th August 2013
Pakistan: Reality show contestant says trans people ‘should be killed’ 13
12:47 PM — A young woman appearing on a popular Pakistani reality show has said that all trans people "should be killed" as they are "useless" burdens on society.
9th August 2013
Philippines: Lawmaker seeks to ban same-sex adultery but says he is not anti-gay 5
11:13 AM — A Philippines House of Representatives member has filed a bill that would criminalise married people who cheat on their partners with a person of the same-sex, but said he not anti-gay and just wanted to see everyone treated equally.
8th August 2013
Taiwan: Authorities uphold first same-sex transgender marriage 2
3:21 PM — Authorities in Taiwan have agreed not to revoke the marriage status of a local transgender couple, in a move activists have called a "benchmark" ruling.