17th June 2009
China appears to back down over gay-ban internet filtering 6
5:33 PM — New internet software designed to filter out violence and porn in China may not be mandatory, it has been reported. The software blocks out discussion of homosexuality and other non-pornographic gay content. It had even been found to block pictures of pigs, mistaking the image for naked human skin.
China to ban criminals and those in relationships from having sex change operations 3
10:35 AM — China's Ministry of Health has published new proposed clinical guidelines on gender reassignment surgery. Those wishing to undergo surgery must have no criminal record, be single, over 20 years old and have lived as their desired gender for at least two years.
11th June 2009
China cancels part of Shanghai Pride 8
12:52 PM — Officials in China have cancelled part of Shanghai Pride. Venue owners were reportedly threatened with "severe consequences" if a planned play and a film screening went ahead. The play was to be The Laramie Project, which deals with the murder of a gay teenager.
4th June 2009
Gay couples to be protected by Hong Kong domestic violence law 3
1:18 PM — The Domestic Violence Ordinance will have an amendment to include same sex couples, the Hong Kong Government have announced. However, they have been keen to stress that this will not mean the government will legally recognise same sex marriages or relationships in any other respect.
28th May 2009
India’s only gay magazine back on newsstands 13
4:34 PM — Bombay Dost, India's first and only gay magazine, has been relaunched and is now back on sale. The English-language magazine was forced out of print in 2002 when it ran out of money.
28th April 2009
Gay monks told to stop wearing makeup 13
10:28 AM — Gay and trans Buddhist monks in Thailand have been given a new set of guidelines aimed to curb "flamboyant" behaviour such as wearing makeup.
27th April 2009
Bollywood star receives hate mail after supporting gays 7
2:17 PM — Bollywood star Celina Jaitley has been the target of hate mail after expressing support for the gay community. The Indian actress and Miss Universe finalist is a vocal supporter of gay rights.
23rd April 2009
Singapore’s LGBT community plans ‘pink dot’ event
11:07 AM — An unusual day in the park planned for next month will show support for Singapore's lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans population.
22nd April 2009
Gay Nepalese MP looks towards greater acceptance of gays and lesbians
1:35 PM — Nepal's first openly gay MP, Sunil Pant has single handedly put gay rights on the political map in Nepal since founding the Blue Diamond Society (BDS). This is Nepal's first and only sexual minorities rights organisation and is working hard with other human rights groups.. Lesbian rights however are lagging far behind those of men and even the men's are still dire. This is mainly due to cultural factors and the fact that women's rights in general are already very slim.
9th April 2009
Samoa bans film on Harvey Milk’s life 9
1:21 PM — The Samoa Censor Board has banned Milk, a film depicting the life of gay rights activist Harvey Milk. The decision was made by principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui, who rejected an application for the film to be rented and sold in Samoan outlets.
30th March 2009
Comment: False hope – LGBT rights in the Middle East 7
10:29 AM — Omar Hassan explores the issue of LGBT rights in a Middle East ruled by conservatism.
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.