26th March 2010
Asian gay conference cancelled by police 11
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
China’s first gay pageant to be held this week 3
11:41 AM — Eight contestants will fight to the chance to be crowned Mr Gay China when the country's first gay pageant gets underway this week. China only decriminalised homosexuality in 1997 and it was seen as a mental illness until 2001.
31st December 2009
Hong Kong strengthens same-sex domestic violence laws 1
5:19 PM — An ordinance passed by the Hong Kong Legislative Council will allow cohabiting gay couples to seek injunctions in cases of domestic violence, but does not give them legal recognition.
30th December 2009
New rights for trans people in Pakistan 2
3:40 PM — The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the government to allow trans people the right to a distinct gender. The court said that trans people, known as hijras, should be able to get national identity cards showing their gender as hijras.
21st December 2009
Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw criticised for Sri Lankan Christmas holiday 33
12:02 AM — The Independent on Sunday reports that human rights campaigners have questioned whether openly gay culture secretary Ben Bradshaw should have decided to hold his Christmas holiday on the island of Sri Lanka.
12th December 2009
Gay soldier Ben Rakestrow comes out on return from Afghanistan 40
12:50 PM — A 21-year-old member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) has become one of the first British openly gay soldiers serving in a major conflict.
7th December 2009
Bollywood’s first gay love scene 6
5:27 PM — An upcoming Bollywood film will feature what is thought to be the industry's first gay love scene. I Am Omar, one of four short stories which make up the film I Am, focuses on male sex workers and homophobic police officers.
30th November 2009
Chinese city opens gay bar to tackle HIV 9
6:52 PM — The Chinese city government of Dali has opened a state-funded gay bar to tackle HIV infections. The city, in the southwestern Yunnan province, is one of the ten Chinese cities most affected by HIV and sex between men is thought to account for one third of transmissions.
27th November 2009
Thailand to limit gender reassignment surgery 20
5:35 PM — Thailand's government has passed stricter rules for patients seeking gender reassignment surgery. Patients will now be required to live and dress as the opposite gender for a year before surgery and must be over 18. Men aged between 18 and 20 must also gain parental consent.
29th September 2009
Bruno banned in Malaysia 12
9:56 AM — The film Bruno, about a gay fashion journalist, has been banned in Malaysia for its gay sex scenes. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, the film has already been banned in Ukraine for the same reason.
24th September 2009
Vaccine cuts risk of HIV infection ‘by a third’ 4
11:02 AM — Researchers have found that a combination of two experimental HIV vaccines cut infection rates by one third. The seven-year trial, carried out in Thailand on 16,000 people, is the first to cut infection rates.