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  • 26th May 2010

    Gay father of twins to be allowed back into Israel this week 7

    Israel has welcomed gay father back

    4:33 PM — A gay man with twin sons born to a surrogate mother in India is to be allowed to return to his native Isreal this week after being stranded in a Mumbai hotel for the past two months because of the Ministry of the Interior's refusal to issue a paternity test.

  • Openly gay MP Alan Duncan visits Nepal 12

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in Nepal in 2007

    11:29 AM — Alan Duncan, the UK's MP for International Development, is to arrive Nepal today for a two-day visit. Mr Duncan will visit the Eastern Development Region of the country to inspect the progress of the UK-funded projects. Nepal's only openly gay MP, Sunil Babu Pant, has welcomed the visit.

  • 30th April 2010

    Hilary Clinton commends China for lifting HIV ban 2

    Hillary Clinton commended China

    2:55 PM — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has commended China for lifting its ban on HIV-positive visitors. China announced this week it had lifted the entry ban on HIV-positive people, several months after US president Barack Obama lifted the US's ban.

  • 28th April 2010

    China lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors

    China has lifted its HIV travel ban

    2:13 PM — The Chinese government has announced it has overturned the ban on HIV-positive visitors entering the country. The ban was introduced in 1989, although China has temporarily lifted it for major events in the past, such as the1990 Beijing Asian Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  • 23rd April 2010

    First gay film festival begins in India 2

    Dunno Y . . . Na Jaane Kyu will close the festival

    2:56 PM — India is celebrating its first gay film festival this week. The 'Kashish' Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2010 began yesterday and will run over the weekend with more than 100 films from 25 countries.

  • 22nd April 2010

    Chinese man arrested for ‘killing six in gay sex games’

    The man was arrested on suspicion of murder

    5:27 PM — A Chinese man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of six men who joined in sado-masochistic games. Zhou Youping, a singer in bars in the central province of Hunan, is said to have advertised for men to be his "slave" on gay websites.

  • 21st April 2010

    Nepal to host gay weddings on Everest 7

    Nepal wants one million visitors a year (Photo: Flickr user ilkerender)

    5:51 PM — The Asian country of Nepal aims to hold gay weddings on Everest as part of its plans to reinvent itself as a gay-friendly tourism destination.

  • 19th April 2010

    Two arrested over death of gay Indian professor

    Two people were arrested

    4:28 PM — Two journalists have been arrested in connection with the death of a gay Indian professor who was filmed having sex with a man. Srinivas Ramchander Siras, professor of modern languages at Aligarh Muslim University, was found dead earlier this month at his home.

  • 9th April 2010

    Malaysia could see first gay-themed film 2

    Gay film characters were previously banned in Malaysia (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    5:57 PM — Cinema audiences in Malaysia could soon see the country's first gay-themed film after censorship guidelines were eased.

  • Gay Indian professor found dead after students filmed him having sex 14

    The professor was reportedly filmed by students having sex

    2:28 PM — A gay professor at a Muslim Indian university has been found dead after his students and a television crew broke into his home and filmed him having sex with a man.

  • 26th March 2010

    Asian gay conference cancelled by police 11

    Police cancelled the conference

    6:47 PM — A gay and lesbian conference in Indonesia has been cancelled by police after Muslims protested. The event, held by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association was due to take place from today until Monday in Surabaya, East Java's capital.

  • 22nd March 2010

    Malaysia allows gay film characters – with restrictions 16

    Bruno would remain banned in Malaysia

    5:51 PM — The predominantly Muslim country of Malaysia has decided to allow gay characters in films - as long as they repent or turn straight in the end.

  • 3rd February 2010

    Indian director confident gay kiss will pass censors 7

    A poster for the film

    6:24 PM — The director of a Bollywood film hailed as India's Brokeback Mountain has said he is confident gay kissing scenes will get past censors.

  • 28th January 2010

    Bollywood gay film touted as India’s Brokeback Mountain 38

    A poster advertising the film

    3:49 PM — Although several gay scenes have featured already in Bollywood productions, an upcoming film is being touted as India's answer to Brokeback Mountain.

  • 21st January 2010

    Video: India awaits final ruling on gay sex 4

    India's capital overturned the gay sex ban last year

    4:25 PM — The Indian Supreme Court is expected to give a final ruling on repealing the ban on gay sex next month. A news report has suggested that along with legislative change, attitudes to homosexuality in the capital are slowly becoming more positive, with gay Bollywood storylines and even a gay pride shop.

  • 20th January 2010

    Nepal to court gay tourism 5

    Gay weddings in the Himalayas? (Photo: Flickr user ilkerender)

    12:38 PM — Nepal is set to legalise gay marriage later this year and will celebrate the change by promoting the country as the gay tourism capital of Asia.

  • 18th January 2010

    China will not compete for Mr Gay World 2

    China will not send a contestant to Mr Gay World

    4:37 PM — Following the cancellation of the first gay pageant last week, China will not be sending a national finalist to the Mr Gay World competition next month, organisers announced.

  • 15th January 2010

    Mr Gay China pageant shut down by police 20

    Mr Gay China was cancelled today

    1:25 PM — China's first gay pageant has been shut down by police for apparently not following the correct procedures. The event was scheduled to begin today in Beijing, with eight contestants fighting for the chance to represent their country at the Mr Gay World competition later this year.

  • 13th January 2010

    China’s state press covers gay wedding 8

    The couple are shown in the top right

    7:20 PM — A state-run Chinese newspaper gave its front page to a gay wedding today. China Daily, an English-language newspaper, featured the wedding of Zeng Anquan and Pan Wenjie, which took place on January 3rd.

  • 12th January 2010

    Japanese trans man told that son is illegitimate 3

    The man's wife gave birth last year

    3:16 PM — A trans man in Japan who had a child with his wife has been informed by officials that the child is now classed as illegitimate.

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