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Asia

  • 17th March 2011

    Malaysian radio censors Lady Gaga’s pro-gay song 24

    Lady Gaga is too gay for Malaysian radio

    11:14 AM — Lady Gaga's hit song Born This Way has been censored in Malaysia because its pro-gay lyrics are deemed "offensive".

  • 10th March 2011

    Facebook gay casanova con artist being hunted in Malaysia 3

    'Alvin' found his victims via Facebook

    12:04 PM — A gay casonova in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is believed to have conned nearly 200 young men of money and valuables after having sex with them following Facebook hookups.

  • 4th March 2011

    Chinese news website sparks fierce debate over gay marriage 11

    The Chinese website sparked a fierce debate over gay marriage equality in the country

    11:37 AM — A debate between one of China's leading pro-gay advocates and the editor of an influential national newspaper has erupted on the one of the country's most popular and comprehensive news websites.

  • 25th February 2011

    India bans gay couples from surrogacy 23

    Surrogacy pays well for Indian women

    2:39 PM — India is to ban gay couples from using surrogate mothers. As part of reforms to the country's surrogacy and fertility treatment laws, only heterosexual couples will be allowed to have children by surrogate.

  • 24th February 2011

    Indian TV report outs gay men 15

    Footage was secretly recorded inside a gay club

    2:50 PM — Several gay men have been outed by a TV news report in an Indian city. Channel TV9 Telugu, which is broadcast in Hyderabad, carried out a 'sting' on gay internet dating profiles.

  • 17th February 2011

    World’s first ‘gay’ beer brand launched 15

    Both labels can be worn as 'symbols of gay pride'

    1:02 PM — A beer believed to be the first specifically marketed to gay consumers has been launched in Mexico, Colombia and Japan.

  • 7th February 2011

    India’s Supreme Court hears gay sex case 11

    The Indian Supreme Court is to hear the case

    3:07 PM — India's Supreme Court will today hear arguments for and against a 2009 court ruling which decriminalised gay sex. In 2009, the Delhi high court ruled that a Colonial-era ban on gay sex was unconstitutional.

  • 30th December 2010

    Video: Taiwan TV animates Sir Elton and David’s baby’s birth, complete with bondage gear 27

    Sir Elton and David Furnish are featured in their underwear

    11:39 AM — Cult Taiwanese news programme, Next Media Animation (NMA), has given its own slant on the news that Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish are celebrating the birth of their son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. The animation features the couple in what appears to be some sort of bondage outfit playing with their child.

  • 21st December 2010

    Malaysian gay man gets death threats after support video 15

    Malaysia frowns on homosexuality

    4:45 PM — A Malaysian Muslim man who spoke out about being gay has received death threats and says he fears for his life. Azwan Ismail, a 32-year-old engineer, made a YouTube video called 'I'm gay, I'm ok', in an effort to encourage other gay Malaysians to feel comfortable with their sexual orientation.

  • 29th November 2010

    2,000 join Delhi Pride

    The festival saw an estimated 2,000 marchers

    10:12 AM — Around 2,000 people joined a Pride festival in Delhi, India, this weekend. The event is the first gay festival since homosexuality was decriminalised last year.

  • 15th November 2010

    Mumbai multiplexes ban gay film 7

    A publicity shot from Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun

    6:21 PM — India's answer to Brokeback Mountain has reportedly been banned by some of Mumbai's multiplexes for its gay content. Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun, a gay romance, was released last Friday after getting past the country's film censors.

  • 12th November 2010

    Delhi eunuchs to be given pensions 7

    Eunuchs in Delhi will be given pensions

    5:47 PM — All adult eunuchs in Delhi, India, will be given pensions of 1000 rupees (£14) per month in recognition of their low status, the local government has announced.

  • 12th October 2010

    Gay singer Adam Lambert promises not to offend Malaysia 18

    Adam Lambert said he would tone down his show

    6:21 PM — Adam Lambert has promised to tone down his live show to avoid offending Malaysia. The gay singer is currently touring Asia but was accused of trying to promote "gay culture" in the Muslim country.

  • 5th October 2010

    Hong Kong trans woman barred from marrying boyfriend 4

    The couple cannot marry under Hong Kong law

    11:00 AM — A trans woman in Hong Kong has been barred from marrying her boyfriend. The woman, known only as 'W', was born male and transitioned several years ago. However, she is barred under city law from changing her birth certificate to female, meaning she has been unable to marry.

  • 4th October 2010

    Indonesian minister attacked for AIDS comments on Twitter 4

    The information minister was attacked for being prejudiced and incorrect

    11:00 AM — The Indonesian information minister has been criticised for making anti-gay statements and jokes about AIDS on Twitter. Tifatul Sembiring, who is also a member of the National AIDS Commission, made the remarks shortly after Jakarta's gay film festival was disrupted by ant-gay protesters.

  • 30th September 2010

    Indonesian gay film festival disrupted by protests 3

    The film festival was disrupted by protests (Photo: Ryan Baxter)

    3:49 PM — Indonesia's annual gay film festival was disrupted by angry protesters in Jakarta this week. The festival, called Q!, showcases films about HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues and human rights at a range of venues around the city.

  • 28th September 2010

    Police detain gay cruisers in Beijing 9

    Up to 80 gay men were said to have been arrested

    11:33 AM — Dozens of gay men have been detained at an outdoor cruising site in Beijing, China. According to AFP, a gay rights campaigner claimed that more than 80 men at a forested pick-up spot in Mudanyuan, to the north of the city, on Sunday and Monday.

  • 27th September 2010

    Indian gay film faces censors as star’s family disowns him 25

    A poster advertising the film

    1:21 PM — Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun, an Indian gay romance compared by critics to Brokeback Mountain risks being censored by the Indian authorities over gay sex scenes. Meanwhile, the father of star Yuvraaj Parasher has told a newspaper that he is to fight in court to disown all ties to his son because of his role in the film.

  • 26th August 2010

    Nepal holds first gay Pride parade 2

    Nepal's first gay Pride march took place in Kathmandu yesterday

    6:07 PM — Hundreds attended Nepal's first ever gay Pride procession yesterday in the country's capital, Kathmandu.

  • 20th August 2010

    British man in Nepal’s first foreign gay marriage ceremony 4

    The couple had a wedding ceremony in Nepal (Photo: Ilkerender)

    11:48 AM — A foreign gay couple had a gay marriage ceremony in Nepal this week. Sanjay Shah, a British man from Leicester, married an Indian man who did not want to be named in a ceremony on Tuesday evening.

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