27th March 2009
Japan gives citizens the green light for gay marriage abroad 2
5:56 PM — Japanese nationals can now wed their same-sex foreign partners in countries where same-sex marriage is permitted. According to reports, an unnamed government official said today that the justice ministry has instructed local authorities to issue documents pertaining to marriage to gay couples planning to wed abroad.
9th March 2009
Indian city to build trans toilets 3
11:15 AM — The Indian city of Chennai is to build new toilets for trans people.
25th February 2009
Asian TV network censored gay references from Oscar speeches 7
3:28 PM — One of the world's largest broadcasters has been criticised for editing out mentions of gay and lesbian people in acceptance speeches made by Oscar winners.
17th February 2009
Gay sex “fuelling” HIV infections in Asia warns UNAIDS and WHO 2
2:53 PM — The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned today that the HIV/AIDS epidemic may take a major turn for the worse in Asia unless countries urgently expand access to services to men who have sex with men (MSM).
13th February 2009
Cambodia to ban foreign gays from adopting children 4
3:06 PM — New rules on foreign adoption in Cambodia will ban a range of foreigners from the process. Gay people, single people, those on a "low income" and those who already have two children will not be able to adopt.
20th January 2009
Nepalese MP honoured for work fighting homophobia 2
11:34 AM — An MP from Nepal is one of five people who have been recognised for their significant contributions toward eradicating homophobia.
9th January 2009
Sweden funds project promoting LGBT rights in Vietnam
5:20 PM — The Swedish embassy in Vietnam has pledged financial support for a new campaign aimed at reducing violence against lesbian women and promoting human rights for sexual minorities.
29th December 2008
Transgender Bangladeshis to vote today
10:25 AM — Today's general elections in Bangladesh will be the first ever to allow transgender people to cast ballots. A Bangladeshi court ruled that transgender people are fully-fledged citizens and must have the right to vote.
15th December 2008
One small step for gays at Hong Kong’s first Pride march 1
4:16 PM — More than 1,000 people took part in the first officially sanctioned gay Pride event in Hong Kong on Saturday. It was organised by a coalition of HIV organisations and LGBT groups.
Human rights groups urge countries to support UN gay rights statement 1
1:34 PM — More than 60 nations from across the world are supporting a statement on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
11th December 2008
Nepal to support LGBT rights statement at UN 2
2:41 PM — The Prime Minister of Nepal has instructed his country's UN Ambassador to support an oral statement on the universal rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
10th December 2008
Russia, US and South Africa under pressure to sign UN decriminalisation statement 4
4:17 PM — LGBT activists in several countries have asked their governments to support a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN next month.
9th December 2008
Beautiful Thing debut brings tale of British gay teens to Shanghai 1
3:25 PM — One of the most acclaimed plays about teenage gay experience is to open in the Chinese city of Shanghai later this month.
South Korea challenged over “rampant discrimination” against gays 1
1:50 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in South Korea face "rampant" discrimination, a coalition of LGBT groups and straight supporters have said.
5th December 2008
Nepal’s gay MP to address international leadership conference
3:51 PM — The 24th annual International Gay and Lesbian Leadership Conference is underway in Washington DC.
3rd December 2008
Kurdish doctor jailed for writing about homosexual sex 8
4:12 PM — A leading press freedom organisation has called for the release from prison of a doctor sentenced to six months by a Kurdish judge for writing an article about homosexual sex.
2nd December 2008
Indian official questions right of High Court to decrminalise gay sex 3
3:46 PM — A senior government lawyer has said it "may not be proper" for the Delhi High Court to overturn a colonial-era law that bans "unnatural sex" in India.
28th November 2008
‘Ladyboy’ protests amid Thailand’s political chaos
4:12 PM — The ever increasing turbulence of the anti-government protests notwithstanding, a demonstration of a different nature was taking place yesterday in Bangkok.
Gay penguin couple accused of stealing eggs from straights 2
4:07 PM — A pair of gay penguins has been stealing eggs from straight couples in an attempt to become 'fathers'.
Number of HIV+ gay men in China rises to 5% in three years 1
2:27 PM — A new survey of gay men in China has found that 4.9% are living with HIV. In 2005 the figure was 0.4%.