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.
22nd February 2013
Vietnam: Decision on trans woman’s official identity recognition awaits input from prime minister 6
11:13 PM — A decision by Vietnamese officials to reverse the legal recognition of Pham Le Quynh Tram's female gender has been halted by the Justice Ministry while they await the input of the prime minister.
13th February 2013
Thailand: Public hearings on civil unions begin 6
7:01 PM — A series of public hearings in Thailand to discuss the possibility of establishing civil partnerships for gay couples has been taking place in Bangkok.
India: Police raid gay party and arrest 22 men 7
10:57 AM — Police in Mumbai have raided a bungalow where a gay party was being held and booked 22 men for indecent behaviour and lacking permissions to hold a party.
6th February 2013
Thailand: Airport immigration fast-track lane opens up to gay couples 5
4:32 PM — Same-sex couples visiting Thailand this month could be pleasantly surprised, as Bangkok's main airport has opened up premium lanes to fast-track couples through immigration.
31st January 2013
China: ‘Two Old Men’ stream footage of their wedding but are disrupted by son 22
4:57 PM — A gay couple who attracted thousands of fans on a Chinese microblogging site have broadcast footage of their symbolic wedding, but were interrupted by the son of one of the men.
28th January 2013
Vietnam: Trans woman to lose official legal recognition 6
4:44 PM — Vietnam's only trans woman to have been officially recognised as female has been told she will once again be considered male after a local committee objected to the decision.
26th January 2013
India: Report declares that ‘all sexual identities deserve protection’ 10
2:00 AM — A committee lead by the former Chief Justice of India has declared that all sexual identities are deserving of protection, and has called for education about LGBT people in schools.