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.
Human rights groups urge countries to support UN gay rights statement 1
1:34 PM — More than 60 nations from across the world are supporting a statement on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
11th December 2008
Nepal to support LGBT rights statement at UN 2
2:41 PM — The Prime Minister of Nepal has instructed his country's UN Ambassador to support an oral statement on the universal rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
10th December 2008
Russia, US and South Africa under pressure to sign UN decriminalisation statement 4
4:17 PM — LGBT activists in several countries have asked their governments to support a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN next month.
9th December 2008
Beautiful Thing debut brings tale of British gay teens to Shanghai 1
3:25 PM — One of the most acclaimed plays about teenage gay experience is to open in the Chinese city of Shanghai later this month.
South Korea challenged over “rampant discrimination” against gays 1
1:50 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in South Korea face "rampant" discrimination, a coalition of LGBT groups and straight supporters have said.
5th December 2008
Nepal’s gay MP to address international leadership conference
3:51 PM — The 24th annual International Gay and Lesbian Leadership Conference is underway in Washington DC.
3rd December 2008
Kurdish doctor jailed for writing about homosexual sex 8
4:12 PM — A leading press freedom organisation has called for the release from prison of a doctor sentenced to six months by a Kurdish judge for writing an article about homosexual sex.
2nd December 2008
Indian official questions right of High Court to decrminalise gay sex 3
3:46 PM — A senior government lawyer has said it "may not be proper" for the Delhi High Court to overturn a colonial-era law that bans "unnatural sex" in India.
28th November 2008
‘Ladyboy’ protests amid Thailand’s political chaos
4:12 PM — The ever increasing turbulence of the anti-government protests notwithstanding, a demonstration of a different nature was taking place yesterday in Bangkok.
Gay penguin couple accused of stealing eggs from straights 2
4:07 PM — A pair of gay penguins has been stealing eggs from straight couples in an attempt to become 'fathers'.
Number of HIV+ gay men in China rises to 5% in three years 1
2:27 PM — A new survey of gay men in China has found that 4.9% are living with HIV. In 2005 the figure was 0.4%.
27th November 2008
Malaysia’s fatwa council explains how ‘tomboys’ become lesbians 15
4:32 PM — A Malaysian religious leader has spoken for the first time in detail about the ramifications of the fatwa passed last month that ruled against women indulging in activities deemed as 'masculine.'
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.