26th February 2013
Pakistan: First trans woman in general election says the community is ‘more than dancers and beggars’ 3
12:13 PM — A trans woman running for office in Pakistan's upcoming general election has spoken out about the roles LGBT minorities are expected to play in the country.
22nd February 2013
Vietnam: Decision on trans woman’s official identity recognition awaits input from prime minister 6
11:13 PM — A decision by Vietnamese officials to reverse the legal recognition of Pham Le Quynh Tram's female gender has been halted by the Justice Ministry while they await the input of the prime minister.
13th February 2013
Thailand: Public hearings on civil unions begin 6
7:01 PM — A series of public hearings in Thailand to discuss the possibility of establishing civil partnerships for gay couples has been taking place in Bangkok.
India: Police raid gay party and arrest 22 men 7
10:57 AM — Police in Mumbai have raided a bungalow where a gay party was being held and booked 22 men for indecent behaviour and lacking permissions to hold a party.
6th February 2013
Thailand: Airport immigration fast-track lane opens up to gay couples 5
4:32 PM — Same-sex couples visiting Thailand this month could be pleasantly surprised, as Bangkok's main airport has opened up premium lanes to fast-track couples through immigration.
31st January 2013
China: ‘Two Old Men’ stream footage of their wedding but are disrupted by son 22
4:57 PM — A gay couple who attracted thousands of fans on a Chinese microblogging site have broadcast footage of their symbolic wedding, but were interrupted by the son of one of the men.
28th January 2013
Vietnam: Trans woman to lose official legal recognition 6
4:44 PM — Vietnam's only trans woman to have been officially recognised as female has been told she will once again be considered male after a local committee objected to the decision.
26th January 2013
India: Report declares that ‘all sexual identities deserve protection’ 10
2:00 AM — A committee lead by the former Chief Justice of India has declared that all sexual identities are deserving of protection, and has called for education about LGBT people in schools.
25th January 2013
China censors gay sex scenes from release of Cloud Atlas 9
4:51 PM — In China, the cinematic release of the film Cloud Atlas took place on Monday, however before it was shown, almost forty minutes of "gay and straight sex" was cut from the film without the producers' knowledge.
24th January 2013
Video: ‘Negative’ IKEA advert slammed by Thai trans rights group 16
2:04 PM — A recently unveiled advert for IKEA in Thailand has been heavily criticised for its depiction of a trans woman, which has been described by a trans rights group as a "violation of human rights", and "negative and stereotypical."
23rd January 2013
Taiwan: Gay couple withdraw lawsuit against the state for ban on equal marriage 2
2:13 AM — A gay couple in Taiwan who filed a lawsuit last year after being rejected in their application for marriage, have said they will withdraw their case tomorrow.
22nd January 2013
Malaysia: Ex-PM wins defamation lawsuit against paper which alleged he was pro-LGBT 5
7:11 PM — Former deputy prime minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim has won a lawsuit against a newspaper on the grounds that articles about him 'distorted' the truth by painting him as a gay rights supporter.
Nepal introduces gender neutral citizenship documents 2
5:58 PM — An official says Nepal's government will begin issuing gender neutral citizenship documents.
18th January 2013
India: Visa regulations block gay surrogacy to foreigners 6
1:52 PM — The Indian Home ministry has circulated rules to embassies which prevent unmarried or gay people travelling to become surrogate parents.
17th January 2013
Chinese court proposes annulment option for wives of gay men 1
4:23 PM — The First Intermediate People's Court of Beijing have proposed to allow spouses to get an annulment from their gay partners after a spate of publicity regarding China's 'gay wives'.
16th January 2013
Former prime minister of Singapore hears sermon of anti-gay pastor 13
6:23 PM — The pastor of a megachurch in Singapore has used a religious service as a platform to rally his audience, which included a former prime minister, to support the current ban on gay sex.
Hong Kong activists angered by government’s stalled LGBT rights reform 2
5:35 PM — The refusal of Hong Kong lawmakers to carry out a public consultation on improving LGBT rights has sparked outrage in the local community.
Taiwan: Gay couple suing state for ban on equal marriage may withdraw their case
2:37 PM — A gay couple in Taiwan who filed a lawsuit last year after being rejected in their application for marriage, protested what they called the "passive" attitude of the justice system, and said they might withdraw their case.
15th January 2013
Indonesia: Lesbian couple forced to flee after pretending to be straight in order to get married
4:56 PM — Despite equal marriage being illegal in Indonesia, a lesbian couple managed to obtain a marriage license by pretending that one of them was male.
8th January 2013
Chinese Court: Gay man who married a woman that committed suicide not to blame for her death 6
6:31 PM — A lawsuit was rejected today by a local court in China, brought by the parents of a woman who committed suicide after finding out her husband was gay.