30th September 2010
Indonesian gay film festival disrupted by protests 3
3:49 PM — Indonesia's annual gay film festival was disrupted by angry protesters in Jakarta this week. The festival, called Q!, showcases films about HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues and human rights at a range of venues around the city.
28th September 2010
Police detain gay cruisers in Beijing 9
11:33 AM — Dozens of gay men have been detained at an outdoor cruising site in Beijing, China. According to AFP, a gay rights campaigner claimed that more than 80 men at a forested pick-up spot in Mudanyuan, to the north of the city, on Sunday and Monday.
27th September 2010
Indian gay film faces censors as star’s family disowns him 25
1:21 PM — Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun, an Indian gay romance compared by critics to Brokeback Mountain risks being censored by the Indian authorities over gay sex scenes. Meanwhile, the father of star Yuvraaj Parasher has told a newspaper that he is to fight in court to disown all ties to his son because of his role in the film.
26th August 2010
Nepal holds first gay Pride parade 2
6:07 PM — Hundreds attended Nepal's first ever gay Pride procession yesterday in the country's capital, Kathmandu.
20th August 2010
British man in Nepal’s first foreign gay marriage ceremony 4
11:48 AM — A foreign gay couple had a gay marriage ceremony in Nepal this week. Sanjay Shah, a British man from Leicester, married an Indian man who did not want to be named in a ceremony on Tuesday evening.
12th August 2010
Tokyo Pride to return after three years 10
5:33 PM — The Japanese capital's gay community and friends are preparing to party this Saturday as Tokyo Pride takes place once again after a three-year absence.
10th August 2010
Hong Kong trans woman launches fight to marry 2
1:48 PM — A trans woman in Hong King has begun a legal fight for the right to marry her boyfriend. The woman, who has not been named, is barred under city law from changing her birth certificate to female.
2nd August 2010
First gay condom for India 1
6:15 PM — One of India's leading condom manufacturers is to manufacture a condom for gay men. The country legalised homosexuality last year and society is making gradual steps towards acceptance.
28th July 2010
Nepal to hold first gay Pride march 3
3:28 PM — Nepal's only out gay MP has said that his country will hold its first Pride march this year. Sunil Pant told AFP that he hopes 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people will join the event, to be held on August 25th in the capital Kathmandu.
21st July 2010
Laws against homosexuality ‘spreading HIV infections’ 3
4:08 PM — Anti-gay laws in the Asia-Pacific region are causing higher rates of HIV infections, the UN has warned. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), such laws mean that gay men and trans people are less likely to seek medical help and be aware of how to prevent HIV transmission.
8th July 2010
Scientists discover mice can be turned lesbian 33
4:53 PM — Female mice can be turned lesbian by deleting a single gene, South Korean researchers have found. They discovered that turning off the gene exposes the mice to extra oestrogen.
Chinese gay man has blood donation lawsuit rejected 3
12:52 PM — A Chinese gay man who tried to sue after being barred from donating blood has had his lawsuit rejected by a court. Wang Zizheng hoped to sue the Beijing Red Cross centre for discrimination as China bars gay men and lesbians from donating blood.
1st July 2010
Chinese gay man sues over blood donation ban 17
4:56 PM — A Chinese man is suing a Beijing Red Cross centre for refusing to accept his blood donation because he is gay. According to AFP, Wang Zizheng went to the centre in June to give blood and declared he was gay on a form.
30th June 2010
India’s first online gay bookstore opens 1
6:12 PM — A lesbian has opened India's first online gay bookstore. Queer Ink, run by Shobhna Kumar, is based in Malad and will sell around 200 titles ranging from novels and academic texts to children's books.
2nd June 2010
Pakistani trans couple locked up for ‘gay’ wedding 4
5:29 PM — A man and a trans woman are in custody for holding a 'gay' wedding in Pakistan. Malik Muhammad Iqbal is accused of marrying a trans woman known only as Rani in a ceremony in Peshawar last week.
27th May 2010
Malaysian trans woman makes asylum bid 7
9:50 AM — A trans Malaysian woman who has recently married a Derby man has lodged an appeal for asylum after three failed attempts to become a permanent UK resident.
26th May 2010
Gay father of twins to be allowed back into Israel this week 7
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
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
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
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.