19th May 2012
Malaysia: Muslim lesbian activist launches controversial book 21
8:44 PM — A Canadian Muslim has launched a controversial new book on liberal Islam in Malaysia, where the majority of citizens are Muslim, despite attempts by a government minister to ban the event.
18th May 2012
Disneyland champions gay rights in Japan 17
9:23 PM — Disneyland has become an unlikely champion of gay rights in Japan, by allowing same-sex couples to marry on its premises, even though same-sex relationships have no legal recognition in the country.
1st May 2012
India’s largest transgender festival begins 4
10:43 PM — Koovagam, the largest transgender festival in India, and in Asia, has opened in the eponymous village near the south Indian town of Villupuram, roughly 160 km southwest of Chennai.
30th April 2012
Filipino beauty queen apologises for calling homosexuality ‘a lie from the devil’ 74
3:18 PM — Filipino actress and former beauty queen Miriam Quiambao has apologised for calling homosexuality a 'lie from the Devil'.
25th April 2012
Hong Kong pop star Anthony Wong comes out 17
11:48 PM — Anthony Wong, a Hong Kong-based pop star, once well-known as the lead singer of the duo, Tat Ming Pair, has come out as gay in front of thousands of fans during a concert.
India: Man arrested for allegedly murdering friend who ‘forced him into a gay relationship’ 7
12:25 PM — Police in New Delhi have arrested a 20-year-old man, identified only as Wasim, who is accused of murdering a friend who he claimed continually forced him into a homosexual relationship.
17th April 2012
Taiwan: Almost one in five gay people have attempted suicide 12
10:28 PM — A large-scale survey of gay men and lesbians in Taiwan has suggested that almost one in five have attempted to take their own lives, leading to calls from advocacy groups for the government to educate students about homosexuality and introduce laws to protect the rights of LGBT students.
9th April 2012
India: Gay couple get married, but in uncertain terms 6
11:34 PM — A gay couple who were married according to Hindu rites, and had their marriage registered in Uttar Pradesh last month, have fled home, as their marriage has been discovered to be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act, which does not permit same-sex unions.
Senator John Kerry seeks to prevent lesbian being deported to Pakistan 8
3:37 PM — John Kerry is aiming to help prevent one half of a married lesbian couple in Massachusetts from deported back to Pakistan.
6th April 2012
State-run TV in Malaysia to ‘ban’ programmes featuring gay characters 18
10:54 AM — The Malaysian Information Department has banned television shows which feature gay characters, starting with state-run channels. The country’s Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz said the ban would be effective immediately beginning with state-owned TV and radio stations.
5th April 2012
Malaysia announces funding for counsellors to tackle gay ‘phenomenon’ 34
3:44 PM — Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced funding yesterday to enable counsellors to tackle "sexual orientation disorders like LGBT".
30th March 2012
Nepal to host national LGBT games 10
10:04 AM — This September, Nepal is set to host the country's first - and indeed Asia's first - national games for LGBT persons.
29th March 2012
Police in Delhi shut down gay photography exhibition 16
11:47 AM — A photographic exhibition celebrating gay life which opened in Delhi last week has been closed by the police following an anonymous complaint that its content was obscene.
27th March 2012
Indian Supreme Court reserves verdict on anti-gay petitions 1
9:53 PM — The Supreme Court of India has reserved a verdict concerning a batch of appeals that challenged the Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising gay sex between consenting adults.
26th March 2012
Gay Taiwanese couple make bid to be registered as same-sex household in landmark hearing 5
1:35 PM — A Taiwanese gay couple who have been together for six years are to apply to the Taipei High Administrative Court in a bid to be registered as such under the country's Department of Household Legislation.
Conscripts to Turkish army must ‘prove’ they’re gay for exemption from military service 44
1:03 PM — Young gay Turkish men are being forced to "prove" their sexual orientation to avoid compulsory military service.
24th March 2012
India’s attorney-general blames Victorian Britain for anti-gay laws 77
9:28 PM — In an apparent change of heart from the position it adopted three years ago, the Indian government has said that homosexuality was tolerated in pre-colonial India, and it was only the British who imposed their Victorian values of morality on what was a largely liberal land.
23rd March 2012
Nepal’s first gender-neutral public toilet to be unveiled 4
11:29 AM — Nepal's first openly gay MP has secured the opening of the country's first gender-neutral toilet.
22nd March 2012
Letter: Mark Zuckerberg, please allow users to list their gender as ‘other’ 20
9:20 PM — In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, Sunil Babu Pant, Nepal's first openly gay MP has asked for the social network to give users the option to describe their gender as 'other'. At present, Facebook requires users to select either male or female although it does give them the option of hiding their response.
Malaysian MP calls for ‘gay rehab’ 34
11:06 AM — A Malaysian MP who described 'scary' levels of homosexuality in his country has called for the government to open a gay 'rehabilitation' centre.