19th November 2008
Indian police accused of “social cleansing” after another attack on trans community 1
12:39 PM — Police in Bangalore reportedly forced about 100 transgender people from their homes last week, the latest in a pattern of harassment.
17th November 2008
Pakistan bans Bollywood “gay” buddy movie 3
4:33 PM — The High Court in Lahore has issued ban on an Indian film after a petitioner claimed it "propogates homosexuality."
Nepal’s highest court confirms full rights for LGBT people 2
2:43 PM — A Nepali MP has said his "eyes were filled with tears" when he read the full written decision of the country's Supreme Court on LGBT rights.
South Korea asks court to retain ban on gays in the military 1
1:25 PM — The government of South Korea has asked the constitutional court to confirm the ban on gays serving in the country's Armed Forces.
14th November 2008
LGBT Indians represent “millions of untapped votes” says Nepal’s gay MP
2:57 PM — An inspirational gay politician on a visit to India said he is shocked that the world's largest democracy denies basic human rights to sexual and gender minorities.
7th November 2008
UN urges India to decriminalise homosexual acts as court considers “unnatural sex” ban 2
6:22 PM — The director of the United Nations Development Programme on HIV/AIDS has said that the fight against the disease in India will be helped if homosexual acts are decriminalised.
3rd November 2008
Malaysian police target gay people in Saturday afternoon raids 2
1:27 PM — More than 70 men were arrested in a series of raids by police in Malaysia. It is reported that Chinese, US and European citizens are among them.
31st October 2008
Singapore’s first gay protest postponed to allow for bigger event
5:49 PM — A small outdoor protest for gay rights due to take place in Singapore next month has been postponed because of the positive response from the gay community.
30th October 2008
Indian police accused of brutality against trans community
1:27 PM — Bangalore police have been accused of arresting and mistreating more than 40 people at a peaceful demonstration.
24th October 2008
Malaysia’s Muslims ban lesbian sex and other “masculine behaviour” 6
2:40 PM — An Islamic body in Malaysia has issued a ruling that bans lesbian sex or other "masculine" activities for female Muslims.
22nd October 2008
Bahrain MP calls for action against homosexuals 14
11:42 AM — The new session of Parliament in the Gulf state of Bahrain began this week with calls for a crackdown on gays.
21st October 2008
Judge slams Indian government for calling homosexuality as a disease 4
6:40 PM — The government of India has been challenged in court for calling homosexuality a disease.
20th October 2008
Experts predict sharp rise in HIV infections among Hong Kong gays
1:41 PM — One third of men who have sex with men could be infected with HIV unless prevention measures work, according to experts in Hong Kong.
Iran declares moratorium on executions of juveniles
12:57 PM — A moratorium has been placed on death sentences for people who were under 18 when they committed capital crimes in Iran.
16th October 2008
Indian Prime Minister intervenes in gay sex decriminalisation court case
1:40 PM — The court case in which the decriminalisation of gay sex in India is being debated took an unexpected turn when the Prime Minister stepped in.
15th October 2008
Transgender entertainer is latest in Korean string of suicides
4:49 PM — A transgender woman who found fame through appearing on a Korean game show after gender realignment has committed suicide in what experts are calling a 'copycat suicide.'
Delhi High Court demands scientific evidence for ban on gay sex 2
12:28 PM — The Delhi High Court has criticised the Indian central government (the "centre") for using inadequate evidence in its case to retain Section 377.
6th October 2008
Report claims trans men and lesbian women face rape and abuse in Kyrgyzstan
10:38 AM — A leading human rights group has claimed that lesbian and bisexual women and transgender men face violent abuse, including rape, in Kyrgyzstan.
1st October 2008
Health minister asks Indian PM to intervene over decriminalisation
4:10 PM — An Indian Cabinet minister has said that he will ask the country's Prime Minister to intervene in the row over the decriminalisation of homosexual acts.
29th September 2008
Indian court told to ignore health minister’s call for decriminalisation 1
6:39 PM — A lawyer representing the government of India has said in court that it "does not matter" that the country's health minister supports the decriminalisation of gay sex.