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  • 12th October 2010

    Gay singer Adam Lambert promises not to offend Malaysia 18

    Adam Lambert said he would tone down his show

    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

    The couple cannot marry under Hong Kong law

    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

    The information minister was attacked for being prejudiced and incorrect

    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

    The film festival was disrupted by protests (Photo: Ryan Baxter)

    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

    Up to 80 gay men were said to have been arrested

    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

    A poster advertising the film

    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

    Nepal's first gay Pride march took place in Kathmandu yesterday

    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

    The couple had a wedding ceremony in Nepal (Photo: Ilkerender)

    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

    Japanese nationals can only marry same-sex partners abroad

    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

    Hong Kong does not allow trans people to change their birth certificates

    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

    Indian men could soon get special condoms for anal sex

    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

    Nepal will hold a Pride march next month (Photo: Ilkerender)

    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

    19 Asia-Pacific countries have laws against homosexuality

    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.

  • 8th July 2010

    Scientists discover mice can be turned lesbian 33

    The findings do not apply to humans

    4:53 PM — Female mice can be turned lesbian by deleting a single gene, South Korean researchers have found. They discovered that turning off the gene exposes the mice to extra oestrogen.

  • Chinese gay man has blood donation lawsuit rejected 3

    China bans both gay men and lesbians from donating blood

    12:52 PM — A Chinese gay man who tried to sue after being barred from donating blood has had his lawsuit rejected by a court. Wang Zizheng hoped to sue the Beijing Red Cross centre for discrimination as China bars gay men and lesbians from donating blood.

  • 1st July 2010

    Chinese gay man sues over blood donation ban 17

    China bars gay men and lesbians from donating blood

    4:56 PM — A Chinese man is suing a Beijing Red Cross centre for refusing to accept his blood donation because he is gay. According to AFP, Wang Zizheng went to the centre in June to give blood and declared he was gay on a form.

  • 30th June 2010

    India’s first online gay bookstore opens 1

    The store will sell a range of books, but not erotica

    6:12 PM — A lesbian has opened India's first online gay bookstore. Queer Ink, run by Shobhna Kumar, is based in Malad and will sell around 200 titles ranging from novels and academic texts to children's books.

  • 2nd June 2010

    Pakistani trans couple locked up for ‘gay’ wedding 4

    The pair say they are friends, not lovers

    5:29 PM — A man and a trans woman are in custody for holding a 'gay' wedding in Pakistan. Malik Muhammad Iqbal is accused of marrying a trans woman known only as Rani in a ceremony in Peshawar last week.

  • 27th May 2010

    Malaysian trans woman makes asylum bid 7

    Same-sex activity is illegal in Malaysia

    9:50 AM — A trans Malaysian woman who has recently married a Derby man has lodged an appeal for asylum after three failed attempts to become a permanent UK resident.

  • 26th May 2010

    Gay father of twins to be allowed back into Israel this week 7

    Israel has welcomed gay father back

    4:33 PM — A gay man with twin sons born to a surrogate mother in India is to be allowed to return to his native Isreal this week after being stranded in a Mumbai hotel for the past two months because of the Ministry of the Interior's refusal to issue a paternity test.

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