25th November 2011
New Delhi prepares for fourth annual Pride event 15
2:22 PM — Indian capital city prepares for the third parade since homosexuality was decriminalised in 2009.
22nd November 2011
Outcry forces Pakistan to hold back on ‘obscene’ text message blocks 10
1:21 PM — The country's telecommunications authority had reportedly told mobile phone providers to start blocking words, including "gay", "lesbian" and "homosexual" from text messages sent between private users.
18th November 2011
Interview: Alice Nkom and Jonathan Cooper on the future of criminalisation 9
12:56 PM — Alice Nkom talks about defending people charged with homosexual offences, as the newly-launched Human Dignity Trust aims to help lawyers overturn those laws.
16th November 2011
Shooting finishes on first gay Nepalese film Snow Flowers, dubbed “Brokeback Everest” 13
1:01 PM — Film's star Nisha Adhikari said it would be "a simple love story with a lot of complications", following two lesbians in the Asian country where significant gay rights advances have recently been made.
11th November 2011
Malaysian states consider new penalties for gays 49
4:03 PM — Minister for one state said some people "protect human rights, even up to the point they want to allow lesbian activities and homosexuality."
4th November 2011
Comment: Cameron should apologise for anti-gay laws 146
3:03 PM — Peter Tatchell calls for a "gesture of contrition" from the Prime Minister to apologise for the anti-gay laws Britain imposed on foreign countries in the past.
3rd November 2011
Malaysian police cancel gay arts festival 10
11:46 AM — Annual Seksualiti Merdeka festival drew condemnation from the government and aroused threats of protest.
22nd September 2011
Dancer sacked from Chinese talent show because she’s transgender 18
12:13 PM — A famous Chinese dancer says she was dropped as a judge on a TV talent show because she is transgender. Jin Xing, 44, had sex reassignment surgery in 1996. She was booked to appear for eight weeks on Feitong Fanxiang, a show for professional singers.
20th September 2011
Mumbai police fine 150 gay men after breaking up party 25
3:12 PM — Police in Mumbai raided a “gay rave party” early on Sunday morning, fining around 150 men for drinking alcohol and committing "obscene" acts.
25th August 2011
Indonesian province separates lesbians after fake marriage 37
4:32 PM — One of the two women in Aceh had posed as a man in order to be married in the only region in Indonesia to operate Sharia law.
9th August 2011
Taiwan gay rights group to host lesbian weddings 2
5:37 PM — A gay rights group in Taiwan has said it will hold a mass lesbian wedding later this month. Around 60 couples have signed up to the private event, while 1,000 tickets have been sold.
Gay Malaysian pastor urges gays to come out 12
2:55 PM — A gay pastor in Malaysia is urging gay people to come out in order to tackle homophobia. Reverend Ouyang Wen Feng, a controversial figure who runs a gay-friendly church, is thought to be the country's only openly gay pastor.
29th July 2011
Indian lesbian couple win police protection after death threats 14
3:02 PM — A lesbian couple in India have been granted 24-hour police protection after family members allegedly threatened to kill them. The women, named as Savita, 25, and Veena, 20, from Manesar, near New Delhi, married last week and went to a court to ask for protection.
26th July 2011
Indian lesbian couple ask court for protection from anti-gay family members 25
5:13 PM — A newly-married lesbian couple in India have asked a court to protect them from homophobic family members. The women, aged 20 and 25, from Manesar, near New Delhi, say their families have threatened to kill them since they wed on July 22nd.
Taiwan denies gay foreign diplomats immunity for their spouses 6
2:43 PM — The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed yesterday that same-sex spouses of diplomats posted to the country are not entitled to full diplomatic immunity and other privileges in Taiwan currently enjoyed by their straight counterparts.
19th July 2011
Malaysian trans woman loses court case over gender change 5
11:22 AM — A Malaysian trans woman has lost her court case to legally change her sex. Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz, 26, had sex reassignment surgery in 2008 in Thailand and hoped to obtain an identity card declaring she is female.
5th July 2011
India’s health minister calls homosexuality a ‘western disease’ 234
10:46 AM — India's health minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has caused uproar by referring to homosexuality as an unnatural "disease" from the west.
4th July 2011
Pakistan Muslim groups condemn US embassy gay meeting 126
3:32 PM — Muslim groups in Pakistan have condemned a gay rights event at the US embassy as "social and cultural terrorism". The June 26th meeting, hosted by US deputy ambassador, Richard Hoagland, was held to support LGBT people in the country
28th June 2011
Indian parents ‘using sex reassignment surgery for more sons’ 43
1:17 PM — Some Indian parents are said to be using sex reassignment surgery to turn their healthy daughters into sons because society prizes male children.
27th June 2011
Turkish gay Pride marchers demand more rights 8
1:02 PM — Thousands of Turkish gay rights activist joined a Pride march in Istanbul yesterday to call for more rights. Carrying signs in Turkish and English, marchers proceeded down one of the city's busiest streets.