19th May 2013
China: IDAHOT activists detained in two cities 4
6:44 PM — LGBT activists marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in two Chinese cities were detained by police.
13th May 2013
Nintendo to ‘fix’ bug which allowed male same-sex relationships in computer game 9
1:44 PM — Computer game giant Nintendo has addressed a "bug" in one of its popular titles, which allowed male same-sex couples to have relationships, get married and have children. Despite calls from users to keep the feature, Nintendo has issued a statement to say it will "fix" the issue.
Hong Kong: Transgender woman wins right to marry boyfriend in landmark case 4
11:15 AM — Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal has ruled in favour of a trans woman seeking the right to marry her boyfriend, ending her three year legal battle.
8th May 2013
Indonesia: Proposed bylaw would make homosexuality punishable by flogging 16
4:38 PM — Gay and lesbian citizens of a conservative province of Indonesia could be subject to public lashings, under a new bylaw being pushed by the provincial capital's deputy governor.
1st May 2013
South Korea: Court grants Ugandan lesbian refugee status after family killed due to her sexuality 7
8:51 AM — A 27-year-old Ugandan woman has become the first person to be granted refugee status in South Korea due to their sexuality.
28th April 2013
Japan: Thousands march in Tokyo in support of LGBT rights 3
3:41 PM — Thousands marched in Tokyo this weekend as Japan kicked off its first Rainbow Week, which aims to reach out to LGBT people in the country.
23rd April 2013
Singapore: Couple take country’s gay sex ban to Court of Appeal 17
11:01 AM — A same-sex couple in Singapore have launched a legal appeal to overturn an archaic law criminalising sex between men.
18th April 2013
Vietnam: Health Ministry recommends legalisation of same-sex marriage 1
4:25 PM — Vietnam's Health Ministry has recommended that the country's Law on Marriage and Family be amended to allow for same-sex marriages, saying that the pressure on LGBT people to stay in the closet can have serious health repercussions.
15th April 2013
Pakistan: General election to see first transgender candidates run 1
6:00 PM — For the first time transgender people will be able to run for Pakistan’s general election in May while being open about their identities, and so far two have applied to stand for positions in their local constituencies.
Hong Kong: Top court to hear trans woman’s final case for marriage
11:44 AM — Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal will today begin hearing the case of a trans woman who wishes to marry her boyfriend, in the last battle of a legal war she has fought for several years.
11th April 2013
Bahrain: Male sex workers sentenced to jail by judge who claims ‘Homosexuality ruins nations’ 10
4:25 PM — The judge in the case of two male sex workers in Bahrain has said he gave them the maximum penalty as a deterrent to others, and a sign that "Homosexuality ruins individuals and nations."
10th April 2013
Iceland PM asked to meet with gay rights activists in Chinese visit 2
1:31 PM — Iceland’s Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world’s first openly gay prime minister, has been asked to meet with the parents of gay children in next week's visit to China.
Singapore High Court rejects repeal of gay sex ban for men 9
12:16 PM — LGBT campaigners have expressed their disappointment after Singapore's High Court rejected a petition to repeal an archaic law criminalising sex between men.
8th April 2013
US: Saturday Night Live opens with Kim Jong Un ‘evolving’ on same-sex marriage 1
2:46 PM — 'Saturday Night Live' satirised the current focus on same-sex marriage in the USA in an opening sketch featuring North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un coming out for marriage equality.
30th March 2013
US Church: North Korean aggression caused by God because of ‘gay marriage and gay scouts’ 58
6:56 PM — The President of the US Southern Baptist Convention has claimed same-sex marriage is the cause of recent North Korean threats to the United States.
24th March 2013
LGBT activists gather from across Asia to plan for UN conference 2
1:49 PM — LGBT activists from across Asia gathered this weekend to plan a strategy ahead of this summer's United Nations Human Rights Council meeting.
21st March 2013
Taiwan: Gay rights activist to reboot campaign for equal marriage following setback 1
3:22 PM — A gay rights activist in Taiwan has promised to appeal against the country's ban on equal marriage, after being turned down whilst attempting to register to marry his partner.
13th March 2013
Indonesia: Judge issues apology for speaking out against equal marriage
1:08 PM — A judge in Indonesia's constitutional court has issued an apology after making a statement against equal marriage during proceedings at the House of Representatives.
5th March 2013
Japan: Lesbian pair are first same-sex couple to get married in Tokyo Disney 15
12:13 PM — Two women in Tokyo have become the first gay couple to tie the knot in Disneyland, and say they hope the symbolic ceremony will prompt Japan to think about LGBT discrimination.
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.