29th July 2011
Indian lesbian couple win police protection after death threats 14
3:02 PM — A lesbian couple in India have been granted 24-hour police protection after family members allegedly threatened to kill them. The women, named as Savita, 25, and Veena, 20, from Manesar, near New Delhi, married last week and went to a court to ask for protection.
26th July 2011
Indian lesbian couple ask court for protection from anti-gay family members 25
5:13 PM — A newly-married lesbian couple in India have asked a court to protect them from homophobic family members. The women, aged 20 and 25, from Manesar, near New Delhi, say their families have threatened to kill them since they wed on July 22nd.
Taiwan denies gay foreign diplomats immunity for their spouses 6
2:43 PM — The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed yesterday that same-sex spouses of diplomats posted to the country are not entitled to full diplomatic immunity and other privileges in Taiwan currently enjoyed by their straight counterparts.
19th July 2011
Malaysian trans woman loses court case over gender change 5
11:22 AM — A Malaysian trans woman has lost her court case to legally change her sex. Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz, 26, had sex reassignment surgery in 2008 in Thailand and hoped to obtain an identity card declaring she is female.
5th July 2011
India’s health minister calls homosexuality a ‘western disease’ 234
10:46 AM — India's health minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has caused uproar by referring to homosexuality as an unnatural "disease" from the west.
4th July 2011
Pakistan Muslim groups condemn US embassy gay meeting 126
3:32 PM — Muslim groups in Pakistan have condemned a gay rights event at the US embassy as "social and cultural terrorism". The June 26th meeting, hosted by US deputy ambassador, Richard Hoagland, was held to support LGBT people in the country
28th June 2011
Indian parents ‘using sex reassignment surgery for more sons’ 43
1:17 PM — Some Indian parents are said to be using sex reassignment surgery to turn their healthy daughters into sons because society prizes male children.
27th June 2011
Turkish gay Pride marchers demand more rights 8
1:02 PM — Thousands of Turkish gay rights activist joined a Pride march in Istanbul yesterday to call for more rights. Carrying signs in Turkish and English, marchers proceeded down one of the city's busiest streets.
21st June 2011
Turkey accused of ignoring violence against gays 26
5:18 PM — Turkey has been accused of ignoring cases of harassment, discrimination and violence against LGBT people. According to an Amnesty International report published today, the government has refused to back laws against discrimination.
US couple have Nepal’s first lesbian wedding 16
4:04 PM — An American couple have become the first lesbians to marry publicly in Nepal. Courtney Mitchell, 41, and Sarah Welton, 48, both from Colorado, tied the knot in a colourful ceremony at a Kathmandu temple yesterday.
World Health Organization calls for anti-discrimination laws to tackle HIV 10
3:34 PM — The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV in gay and bisexual men and transgender people. According to the body, there has been a recent resurgence of HIV infection in men who have sex with men, especially in industrialised countries.
17th June 2011
Hong Kong government hires ‘gay cure expert’ 58
4:15 PM — Hong Kong's government has hired a 'reparative therapy' expert who says gays can be cured. Psychiatrist Hong Kwai-wah has been taken on as a trainer for the government's social welfare staff, AFP reports.
13th June 2011
Video: Croatian gay pride march attacked by extremists 32
5:05 PM — A gay pride march in a coastal town in Croatia ended in violence on Saturday when a stone-throwing mob attacked marchers. The march, in the town of Split, attracted 200 LGBT people and their allies, but police said thousands of people lined the streets in protest.
1st June 2011
Commonwealth secretary general speaks out against homophobia following Tatchell’s criticisms 29
4:55 PM — The Commonwealth secretary-general, Kamalesh Sharma, has written an article in the Nairobi Star speaking out against homophobia.
31st May 2011
Nepalese census includes category for ‘third gender’ 4
4:48 PM — Nepal's Central Bureau of Statistics has given official recognition to LGB and transgender people. This is being hailed as a bold move and key victory for equality given that the country only decriminalised gay relationships in 2007.
30th May 2011
Increasing number of countries becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, survey shows 69
10:43 AM — Results of a new cross-national study have shown that a vast majority of countries have become more accepting of homosexuality over the past 20 years - though the trend is markedly slower in Russia and other former Communist countries.
27th May 2011
India celebrates second gay film festival 11
5:07 PM — India's second annual gay film festival is underway in Mumbai. KASHISH 2011, which will show 124 LGBT films from 23 countries, was approved by India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and has failed to rouse the ire of anti-gay campaigners.
17th May 2011
Peter Tatchell: The Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia 108
4:02 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the Commonwealth is a "bastion of global homophobia" and has failed to condemn abuses of LGBT people.
27th April 2011
Pakistan allows trans men and women their own gender category 30
12:39 PM — A landmark decision has been taken in Pakistan to allow trans people their own gender category on selected official documents.
26th April 2011
Japan’s first openly gay politician victorious in election 14
4:40 PM — Japan's first openly gay politician has today hailed his election success as a victory for the rights of sexual minorities.