24th October 2008
Malaysia’s Muslims ban lesbian sex and other “masculine behaviour” 6
2:40 PM — An Islamic body in Malaysia has issued a ruling that bans lesbian sex or other "masculine" activities for female Muslims.
22nd October 2008
Bahrain MP calls for action against homosexuals 14
11:42 AM — The new session of Parliament in the Gulf state of Bahrain began this week with calls for a crackdown on gays.
21st October 2008
Judge slams Indian government for calling homosexuality as a disease 4
6:40 PM — The government of India has been challenged in court for calling homosexuality a disease.
20th October 2008
Experts predict sharp rise in HIV infections among Hong Kong gays
1:41 PM — One third of men who have sex with men could be infected with HIV unless prevention measures work, according to experts in Hong Kong.
Iran declares moratorium on executions of juveniles
12:57 PM — A moratorium has been placed on death sentences for people who were under 18 when they committed capital crimes in Iran.
16th October 2008
Indian Prime Minister intervenes in gay sex decriminalisation court case
1:40 PM — The court case in which the decriminalisation of gay sex in India is being debated took an unexpected turn when the Prime Minister stepped in.
15th October 2008
Transgender entertainer is latest in Korean string of suicides
4:49 PM — A transgender woman who found fame through appearing on a Korean game show after gender realignment has committed suicide in what experts are calling a 'copycat suicide.'
Delhi High Court demands scientific evidence for ban on gay sex 2
12:28 PM — The Delhi High Court has criticised the Indian central government (the "centre") for using inadequate evidence in its case to retain Section 377.
6th October 2008
Report claims trans men and lesbian women face rape and abuse in Kyrgyzstan
10:38 AM — A leading human rights group has claimed that lesbian and bisexual women and transgender men face violent abuse, including rape, in Kyrgyzstan.
1st October 2008
Health minister asks Indian PM to intervene over decriminalisation
4:10 PM — An Indian Cabinet minister has said that he will ask the country's Prime Minister to intervene in the row over the decriminalisation of homosexual acts.
29th September 2008
Indian court told to ignore health minister’s call for decriminalisation 1
6:39 PM — A lawyer representing the government of India has said in court that it "does not matter" that the country's health minister supports the decriminalisation of gay sex.
Record turnout at Asia’s largest Pride event
6:23 PM — The Taiwanese gay community celebrated the highlight of the 2008 Taipei Gay Carnival with a Pride parade on Saturday.
26th September 2008
Indian government argues to retain ban on gay sex 5
3:13 PM — A row between two government departments in India over the decriminalisation of "un-natural" sexual acts has resulted in a victory for those who oppose the change.
Iranian President attacks US acceptance of homosexuality 11
1:38 PM — The President of Iran has admitted in an interview that there may be "a few" gay people in his country, but attacked homosexuality as destructive to society.
Gay leader assassinated in Baghdad 22
12:43 PM — A leading gay activist in Iraq has been assassinated. 27-year-old Bashar was targeted by gunmen yesterday.
22nd September 2008
Indian government on brink of repealing anti-gay law 13
4:46 PM — The Indian government will take its case for decriminalising homosexuality to the Delhi High Court on Thursday.
Nepalese lesbian recognised as “third gender”
11:02 AM — A lesbian in Kathmandu, Nepal has been recognised as "third gender" on an official identity card.
19th September 2008
Airline refuses to deport gay asylum seeker from UK 3
6:32 PM — A campaign of "pester power" has convinced a national airline to decline to transport a gay man who claims his life is in danger if he is returned to his homeland.
18th September 2008
Iranian leader faces child execution protests during UN visit
1:13 PM — Human rights activists plan to protest against the President of Iran when he attends the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
17th September 2008
Muslim leader denies issuing progressive fatwa on gender surgery
5:52 PM — A Sunni Muslim cleric in Kuwait has denied media reports that he had become the first religious authority in the country to approve gender reassignment surgery.