31st December 2009
Hong Kong strengthens same-sex domestic violence laws 1
5:19 PM — An ordinance passed by the Hong Kong Legislative Council will allow cohabiting gay couples to seek injunctions in cases of domestic violence, but does not give them legal recognition.
30th December 2009
New rights for trans people in Pakistan 2
3:40 PM — The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the government to allow trans people the right to a distinct gender. The court said that trans people, known as hijras, should be able to get national identity cards showing their gender as hijras.
21st December 2009
Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw criticised for Sri Lankan Christmas holiday 33
12:02 AM — The Independent on Sunday reports that human rights campaigners have questioned whether openly gay culture secretary Ben Bradshaw should have decided to hold his Christmas holiday on the island of Sri Lanka.
12th December 2009
Gay soldier Ben Rakestrow comes out on return from Afghanistan 40
12:50 PM — A 21-year-old member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) has become one of the first British openly gay soldiers serving in a major conflict.
7th December 2009
Bollywood’s first gay love scene 6
5:27 PM — An upcoming Bollywood film will feature what is thought to be the industry's first gay love scene. I Am Omar, one of four short stories which make up the film I Am, focuses on male sex workers and homophobic police officers.
30th November 2009
Chinese city opens gay bar to tackle HIV 9
6:52 PM — The Chinese city government of Dali has opened a state-funded gay bar to tackle HIV infections. The city, in the southwestern Yunnan province, is one of the ten Chinese cities most affected by HIV and sex between men is thought to account for one third of transmissions.
27th November 2009
Thailand to limit gender reassignment surgery 20
5:35 PM — Thailand's government has passed stricter rules for patients seeking gender reassignment surgery. Patients will now be required to live and dress as the opposite gender for a year before surgery and must be over 18. Men aged between 18 and 20 must also gain parental consent.
29th September 2009
Bruno banned in Malaysia 12
9:56 AM — The film Bruno, about a gay fashion journalist, has been banned in Malaysia for its gay sex scenes. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, the film has already been banned in Ukraine for the same reason.
24th September 2009
Vaccine cuts risk of HIV infection ‘by a third’ 4
11:02 AM — Researchers have found that a combination of two experimental HIV vaccines cut infection rates by one third. The seven-year trial, carried out in Thailand on 16,000 people, is the first to cut infection rates.
14th September 2009
Indonesian province introduces severe penalties for homosexuality 16
4:52 PM — Aceh, a devoutly Muslim province of Indonesia, has passed new laws allowing heavy punishments for homosexuality, adultery and alcohol consumption.
8th September 2009
‘Gay cure’ yoga guru to to set up centre on Scottish island 29
10:43 AM — An Indian yoga guru who claimed the practice could cure homosexuality is to set up a yoga and meditation centre on a remote Scottish island. Swami Baba Ramdev recently said homosexuality was a "disease" but could be cured by yoga.
2nd September 2009
Indian government tipped to allow gay sex ruling 2
10:52 AM — The Indian government will not oppose a recent Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality in the capital, according to a report.
27th August 2009
Indian cabinet could report next week on legalisation of gay sex 1
12:32 PM — The Indian government could give its official response to a court ruling that decriminalised homosexual acts as early as next week.
7th August 2009
AIDS chief stresses importance of positive media respresentation of LGBT Indians 1
1:14 PM — The man leading the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has said that the media should reject sensationalist reporting when dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.
6th August 2009
Gay Indian prince: ‘Yoga didn’t turn me straight’ 17
11:27 AM — A gay Indian prince has criticised claims made by a yoga guru that yoga can 'cure' homosexuality.
5th August 2009
Bollywood show enters fight for Indian gay rights 1
2:09 PM — An Indian television show is to screen an episode on gay rights. 'Yeh Chanda Kanoon Hai’, an Indian courtroom television show, is to include a court case on gay rights in its new series.
4th August 2009
Thai boxer may face ban for posing in gay magazine 13
2:38 PM — A Thai boxer who posed on the cover of a gay magazine in his underwear is facing a year-long ban. Worapoj Petchkoom is one of the country's best hopes for a medal at the 2012 London Olympics
28th July 2009
Chinese lesbians protest blood donation ban 2
2:42 PM — Lesbians in China have set up an online petition to be allowed to donate blood. According to state-run China Daily, the petition asks the government to repeal the 1998 ban.
20th July 2009
Indian Supreme Court refuses to stay verdict on gay sex 5
12:06 PM — The Indian Supreme Court today decided to reject a petition to put a recent High Court judgement on decriminalising gay sex on hold.
16th July 2009
Pakistan court orders equal benefits for trans people 5
4:44 PM — The Supreme Court in Islamabad has ordered that trans people should receive equal protection and support from the government.