17th February 2011
World’s first ‘gay’ beer brand launched 15
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
12th October 2010
Gay singer Adam Lambert promises not to offend Malaysia 18
6:21 PM — Adam Lambert has promised to tone down his live show to avoid offending Malaysia. The gay singer is currently touring Asia but was accused of trying to promote "gay culture" in the Muslim country.
5th October 2010
Hong Kong trans woman barred from marrying boyfriend 4
11:00 AM — A trans woman in Hong Kong has been barred from marrying her boyfriend. The woman, known only as 'W', was born male and transitioned several years ago. However, she is barred under city law from changing her birth certificate to female, meaning she has been unable to marry.
4th October 2010
Indonesian minister attacked for AIDS comments on Twitter 4
11:00 AM — The Indonesian information minister has been criticised for making anti-gay statements and jokes about AIDS on Twitter. Tifatul Sembiring, who is also a member of the National AIDS Commission, made the remarks shortly after Jakarta's gay film festival was disrupted by ant-gay protesters.
30th September 2010
Indonesian gay film festival disrupted by protests 3
3:49 PM — Indonesia's annual gay film festival was disrupted by angry protesters in Jakarta this week. The festival, called Q!, showcases films about HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues and human rights at a range of venues around the city.
28th September 2010
Police detain gay cruisers in Beijing 9
11:33 AM — Dozens of gay men have been detained at an outdoor cruising site in Beijing, China. According to AFP, a gay rights campaigner claimed that more than 80 men at a forested pick-up spot in Mudanyuan, to the north of the city, on Sunday and Monday.
27th September 2010
Indian gay film faces censors as star’s family disowns him 25
1:21 PM — Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun, an Indian gay romance compared by critics to Brokeback Mountain risks being censored by the Indian authorities over gay sex scenes. Meanwhile, the father of star Yuvraaj Parasher has told a newspaper that he is to fight in court to disown all ties to his son because of his role in the film.
26th August 2010
Nepal holds first gay Pride parade 2
6:07 PM — Hundreds attended Nepal's first ever gay Pride procession yesterday in the country's capital, Kathmandu.
20th August 2010
British man in Nepal’s first foreign gay marriage ceremony 4
11:48 AM — A foreign gay couple had a gay marriage ceremony in Nepal this week. Sanjay Shah, a British man from Leicester, married an Indian man who did not want to be named in a ceremony on Tuesday evening.
12th August 2010
Tokyo Pride to return after three years 10
5:33 PM — The Japanese capital's gay community and friends are preparing to party this Saturday as Tokyo Pride takes place once again after a three-year absence.
10th August 2010
Hong Kong trans woman launches fight to marry 2
1:48 PM — A trans woman in Hong King has begun a legal fight for the right to marry her boyfriend. The woman, who has not been named, is barred under city law from changing her birth certificate to female.
2nd August 2010
First gay condom for India 1
6:15 PM — One of India's leading condom manufacturers is to manufacture a condom for gay men. The country legalised homosexuality last year and society is making gradual steps towards acceptance.
28th July 2010
Nepal to hold first gay Pride march 3
3:28 PM — Nepal's only out gay MP has said that his country will hold its first Pride march this year. Sunil Pant told AFP that he hopes 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people will join the event, to be held on August 25th in the capital Kathmandu.
21st July 2010
Laws against homosexuality ‘spreading HIV infections’ 3
4:08 PM — Anti-gay laws in the Asia-Pacific region are causing higher rates of HIV infections, the UN has warned. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), such laws mean that gay men and trans people are less likely to seek medical help and be aware of how to prevent HIV transmission.