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.
14th September 2009
Indonesian province introduces severe penalties for homosexuality 16
4:52 PM — Aceh, a devoutly Muslim province of Indonesia, has passed new laws allowing heavy punishments for homosexuality, adultery and alcohol consumption.
8th September 2009
‘Gay cure’ yoga guru to to set up centre on Scottish island 29
10:43 AM — An Indian yoga guru who claimed the practice could cure homosexuality is to set up a yoga and meditation centre on a remote Scottish island. Swami Baba Ramdev recently said homosexuality was a "disease" but could be cured by yoga.
2nd September 2009
Indian government tipped to allow gay sex ruling 2
10:52 AM — The Indian government will not oppose a recent Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality in the capital, according to a report.
27th August 2009
Indian cabinet could report next week on legalisation of gay sex 1
12:32 PM — The Indian government could give its official response to a court ruling that decriminalised homosexual acts as early as next week.
7th August 2009
AIDS chief stresses importance of positive media respresentation of LGBT Indians 1
1:14 PM — The man leading the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has said that the media should reject sensationalist reporting when dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.
6th August 2009
Gay Indian prince: ‘Yoga didn’t turn me straight’ 17
11:27 AM — A gay Indian prince has criticised claims made by a yoga guru that yoga can 'cure' homosexuality.
5th August 2009
Bollywood show enters fight for Indian gay rights 1
2:09 PM — An Indian television show is to screen an episode on gay rights. 'Yeh Chanda Kanoon Hai’, an Indian courtroom television show, is to include a court case on gay rights in its new series.
4th August 2009
Thai boxer may face ban for posing in gay magazine 13
2:38 PM — A Thai boxer who posed on the cover of a gay magazine in his underwear is facing a year-long ban. Worapoj Petchkoom is one of the country's best hopes for a medal at the 2012 London Olympics
28th July 2009
Chinese lesbians protest blood donation ban 2
2:42 PM — Lesbians in China have set up an online petition to be allowed to donate blood. According to state-run China Daily, the petition asks the government to repeal the 1998 ban.
20th July 2009
Indian Supreme Court refuses to stay verdict on gay sex 5
12:06 PM — The Indian Supreme Court today decided to reject a petition to put a recent High Court judgement on decriminalising gay sex on hold.
16th July 2009
Pakistan court orders equal benefits for trans people 5
4:44 PM — The Supreme Court in Islamabad has ordered that trans people should receive equal protection and support from the government.
14th July 2009
India’s Supreme Court accepts challenge to ruling on gay sex 4
1:49 PM — The Indian Supreme Court has agreed to consider a petition against a lower court's ruling that homosexuality should be decriminalised.
9th July 2009
Guru challenges Indian ruling on gay sex, saying homosexuality ‘can be cured by yoga’ 31
1:21 PM — A recent judgement by the Delhi high court that homosexuality should be decriminalised is being challenged. Swami Baba Ramdev, a yoga guru, filed the challenge saying homosexuality was a "disease" and could be cured by yoga.
2nd July 2009
Exclusive: Gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant welcomes Delhi court decision on decriminalising homosexuality 3
8:22 PM — In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the openly gay Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant has welcomed the Delhi High Court's judgement that homosexuality should be decriminalised.
Comment: Delhi court’s decision on gay rights is only the first step 3
7:12 PM — It took eight long years, but the verdict gay rights activists in India had long been hoping for was finally delivered by the Delhi High Court this morning.
Indian court rules to decriminalise gay sex 12
9:47 AM — The Delhi High Court today ruled that a ban on gay sex between adults violates India's constitution. Section 377 was enacted in 1860 under the British Raj, in line with the anti-sodomy laws in England at the time.
29th June 2009
India moves closer to decriminalisation of homosexual acts 6
2:11 PM — The Indian government is to hold talks on repealing the country's colonial laws on gay sex.