1st June 2011
Commonwealth secretary general speaks out against homophobia following Tatchell’s criticisms 29
4:55 PM — The Commonwealth secretary-general, Kamalesh Sharma, has written an article in the Nairobi Star speaking out against homophobia.
31st May 2011
Nepalese census includes category for ‘third gender’ 4
4:48 PM — Nepal's Central Bureau of Statistics has given official recognition to LGB and transgender people. This is being hailed as a bold move and key victory for equality given that the country only decriminalised gay relationships in 2007.
30th May 2011
Increasing number of countries becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, survey shows 69
10:43 AM — Results of a new cross-national study have shown that a vast majority of countries have become more accepting of homosexuality over the past 20 years - though the trend is markedly slower in Russia and other former Communist countries.
27th May 2011
India celebrates second gay film festival 11
5:07 PM — India's second annual gay film festival is underway in Mumbai. KASHISH 2011, which will show 124 LGBT films from 23 countries, was approved by India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and has failed to rouse the ire of anti-gay campaigners.
17th May 2011
Peter Tatchell: The Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia 108
4:02 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the Commonwealth is a "bastion of global homophobia" and has failed to condemn abuses of LGBT people.
27th April 2011
Pakistan allows trans men and women their own gender category 30
12:39 PM — A landmark decision has been taken in Pakistan to allow trans people their own gender category on selected official documents.
26th April 2011
Japan’s first openly gay politician victorious in election 14
4:40 PM — Japan's first openly gay politician has today hailed his election success as a victory for the rights of sexual minorities.
20th April 2011
Malaysia’s gay cure camp sparks anger 14
12:00 PM — A Malaysian 'gay cure' camp for effeminate teenagers should be abolished, the country's women's minister says. Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said that the decision, by the state of Terengganu, violates the Children's Act and would damage the boys.
19th April 2011
Malaysia sends 66 boys to gay cure camp 105
12:06 PM — Malaysian authorities have admitted sending 66 teenage boys thought to be gay to a camp to learn "masculine behaviour". An official from Terengganu state said the boys, aged between 13 and 17, were identified by teachers as having effeminate mannerisms.
13th April 2011
Indian minister says declining female birth rate means ‘we’ll all become gay’ 67
3:37 PM — An Indian minister says he is concerned that the whole population will become gay if gender balance trends continue. Farooq Abdullah, the minister for new and renewable energy, was commenting on new Census figures which show that the ratio of female children to male children is the lowest since India gained independence.
8th April 2011
Nepal’s gay MP: ‘Gandhi’s sexuality doesn’t matter’ 9
5:25 PM — Nepal's only out gay MP says that Gandhi's legacy, rather than his sexuality, is what matters. This week, a new biography of the Indian leader claimed he had left his wife for a male bodybuilder.
7th April 2011
Travel: Warm welcomes and good food in India 8
3:16 PM — After a 2009 court ruling decriminalising homosexuality, Sam Feller finds that India has plenty to offer gay travellers, including great food and welcoming people.
4th April 2011
60 arrested in Shanghai gay bar raid 6
9:42 AM — More than 60 people were arrested this weekend when police raided a gay bar in Shanghai. According to AFP, police in the Chinese city said that patrons at Q bar were watching "pornographic" shows.
30th March 2011
Commercial success for Malaysia’s first gay film 11
3:26 PM — Malaysia's first gay-themed film has found success at the country''s box office. Dalam Botol, or In A Bottle, made just over one million ringgit (£205,000) in five days, its producer told AP.
Indian state bans Gandhi book over bisexual and racist claims 7
1:53 PM — An Indian state has banned a biography of Mahatma Gandhi which claimed he fell in love with a man and had racist views. The chief minister of Gujarat state, where Gandhi was born, said the book should be "despised".
UK appoints out gay ambassador to Cambodia 17
10:16 AM — The UK has appointed an openly gay man as ambassador to Cambodia. Mark Gooding, who is in a civil partnership with education specialist Dr Christopher McCormick, will take up his new post in September.
29th March 2011
Gandhi supporters condemn bisexual claims 35
9:29 AM — Supporters of Mahatma Gandhi say claims that the Indian political leader left his wife for a male bodybuilder are blasphemous and wrong.
28th March 2011
Gandhi biography claims he was bisexual and racist 40
8:46 AM — A new biography of Mahatma Gandhi claims he was in love with another man and held racist views. Great Soul, by former New York Times executive editor Joseph Lelyveld, claims the political leader was in love with German-Jewish architect and bodybuilder, Hermann Kallenbach.
26th March 2011
Lady Gaga urges Malaysian people to protest censorship of her pro-gay song 25
12:51 AM — Lady Gaga is calling for young people in Malaysia to protest "peaceably" against the decision to censor pro-gay lyrics in her hit "Born This Way" by local radio stations.
21st March 2011
32 Chinese women arrested for writing gay erotica 11
4:28 PM — Police in China have arrested 32 women for allegedly writing erotica for a gay website. The women, include one 17-year-old, were arrested in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, ShanghaiDaily.com reports.