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  • 4th April 2011

    60 arrested in Shanghai gay bar raid 6

    Homosexuality is legal in China

    9:42 AM — More than 60 people were arrested this weekend when police raided a gay bar in Shanghai. According to AFP, police in the Chinese city said that patrons at Q bar were watching "pornographic" shows.

  • 30th March 2011

    Commercial success for Malaysia’s first gay film 11

    Malaysia has laws on public morality

    3:26 PM — Malaysia's first gay-themed film has found success at the country''s box office. Dalam Botol, or In A Bottle, made just over one million ringgit (£205,000) in five days, its producer told AP.

  • Indian state bans Gandhi book over bisexual and racist claims 7

    Gandhi was said to have been in love with a man

    1:53 PM — An Indian state has banned a biography of Mahatma Gandhi which claimed he fell in love with a man and had racist views. The chief minister of Gujarat state, where Gandhi was born, said the book should be "despised".

  • UK appoints out gay ambassador to Cambodia 17

    Mark Gooding is the new British ambassador to Cambodia

    10:16 AM — The UK has appointed an openly gay man as ambassador to Cambodia. Mark Gooding, who is in a civil partnership with education specialist Dr Christopher McCormick, will take up his new post in September.

  • 29th March 2011

    Gandhi supporters condemn bisexual claims 35

    Gandhi's supporters said the claims were wrong

    9:29 AM — Supporters of Mahatma Gandhi say claims that the Indian political leader left his wife for a male bodybuilder are blasphemous and wrong.

  • 28th March 2011

    Gandhi biography claims he was bisexual and racist 40

    Gandhi was said to have been in love with a man

    8:46 AM — A new biography of Mahatma Gandhi claims he was in love with another man and held racist views. Great Soul, by former New York Times executive editor Joseph Lelyveld, claims the political leader was in love with German-Jewish architect and bodybuilder, Hermann Kallenbach.

  • 26th March 2011

    Lady Gaga urges Malaysian people to protest censorship of her pro-gay song 25

    Lady Gaga urges Malaysian people to protest censorship

    12:51 AM — Lady Gaga is calling for young people in Malaysia to protest "peaceably" against the decision to censor pro-gay lyrics in her hit "Born This Way" by local radio stations.

  • 21st March 2011

    32 Chinese women arrested for writing gay erotica 11

    Homosexuality is legal in China

    4:28 PM — Police in China have arrested 32 women for allegedly writing erotica for a gay website. The women, include one 17-year-old, were arrested in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, ShanghaiDaily.com reports.

  • 17th March 2011

    Malaysian radio censors Lady Gaga’s pro-gay song 24

    Lady Gaga is too gay for Malaysian radio

    11:14 AM — Lady Gaga's hit song Born This Way has been censored in Malaysia because its pro-gay lyrics are deemed "offensive".

  • 10th March 2011

    Facebook gay casanova con artist being hunted in Malaysia 3

    'Alvin' found his victims via Facebook

    12:04 PM — A gay casonova in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is believed to have conned nearly 200 young men of money and valuables after having sex with them following Facebook hookups.

  • 4th March 2011

    Chinese news website sparks fierce debate over gay marriage 11

    The Chinese website sparked a fierce debate over gay marriage equality in the country

    11:37 AM — A debate between one of China's leading pro-gay advocates and the editor of an influential national newspaper has erupted on the one of the country's most popular and comprehensive news websites.

  • 25th February 2011

    India bans gay couples from surrogacy 23

    Surrogacy pays well for Indian women

    2:39 PM — India is to ban gay couples from using surrogate mothers. As part of reforms to the country's surrogacy and fertility treatment laws, only heterosexual couples will be allowed to have children by surrogate.

  • 24th February 2011

    Indian TV report outs gay men 15

    Footage was secretly recorded inside a gay club

    2:50 PM — Several gay men have been outed by a TV news report in an Indian city. Channel TV9 Telugu, which is broadcast in Hyderabad, carried out a 'sting' on gay internet dating profiles.

  • 17th February 2011

    World’s first ‘gay’ beer brand launched 15

    Both labels can be worn as 'symbols of gay pride'

    1:02 PM — A beer believed to be the first specifically marketed to gay consumers has been launched in Mexico, Colombia and Japan.

  • 7th February 2011

    India’s Supreme Court hears gay sex case 11

    The Indian Supreme Court is to hear the case

    3:07 PM — India's Supreme Court will today hear arguments for and against a 2009 court ruling which decriminalised gay sex. In 2009, the Delhi high court ruled that a Colonial-era ban on gay sex was unconstitutional.

  • 30th December 2010

    Video: Taiwan TV animates Sir Elton and David’s baby’s birth, complete with bondage gear 27

    Sir Elton and David Furnish are featured in their underwear

    11:39 AM — Cult Taiwanese news programme, Next Media Animation (NMA), has given its own slant on the news that Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish are celebrating the birth of their son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. The animation features the couple in what appears to be some sort of bondage outfit playing with their child.

  • 21st December 2010

    Malaysian gay man gets death threats after support video 15

    Malaysia frowns on homosexuality

    4:45 PM — A Malaysian Muslim man who spoke out about being gay has received death threats and says he fears for his life. Azwan Ismail, a 32-year-old engineer, made a YouTube video called 'I'm gay, I'm ok', in an effort to encourage other gay Malaysians to feel comfortable with their sexual orientation.

  • 29th November 2010

    2,000 join Delhi Pride

    The festival saw an estimated 2,000 marchers

    10:12 AM — Around 2,000 people joined a Pride festival in Delhi, India, this weekend. The event is the first gay festival since homosexuality was decriminalised last year.

  • 15th November 2010

    Mumbai multiplexes ban gay film 7

    A publicity shot from Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun

    6:21 PM — India's answer to Brokeback Mountain has reportedly been banned by some of Mumbai's multiplexes for its gay content. Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun, a gay romance, was released last Friday after getting past the country's film censors.

  • 12th November 2010

    Delhi eunuchs to be given pensions 7

    Eunuchs in Delhi will be given pensions

    5:47 PM — All adult eunuchs in Delhi, India, will be given pensions of 1000 rupees (£14) per month in recognition of their low status, the local government has announced.

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