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  • 21st July 2010

    Laws against homosexuality ‘spreading HIV infections’ 3

    19 Asia-Pacific countries have laws against homosexuality

    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

    The findings do not apply to humans

    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

    China bans both gay men and lesbians from donating blood

    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

    China bars gay men and lesbians from donating blood

    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

    The store will sell a range of books, but not erotica

    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

    The pair say they are friends, not lovers

    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

    Same-sex activity is illegal in Malaysia

    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

    Israel has welcomed gay father back

    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

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in Nepal in 2007

    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

    Hillary Clinton commended China

    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

    China has lifted its HIV travel ban

    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.

  • 23rd April 2010

    First gay film festival begins in India 2

    Dunno Y . . . Na Jaane Kyu will close the festival

    2:56 PM — India is celebrating its first gay film festival this week. The 'Kashish' Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2010 began yesterday and will run over the weekend with more than 100 films from 25 countries.

  • 22nd April 2010

    Chinese man arrested for ‘killing six in gay sex games’

    The man was arrested on suspicion of murder

    5:27 PM — A Chinese man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of six men who joined in sado-masochistic games. Zhou Youping, a singer in bars in the central province of Hunan, is said to have advertised for men to be his "slave" on gay websites.

  • 21st April 2010

    Nepal to host gay weddings on Everest 7

    Nepal wants one million visitors a year (Photo: Flickr user ilkerender)

    5:51 PM — The Asian country of Nepal aims to hold gay weddings on Everest as part of its plans to reinvent itself as a gay-friendly tourism destination.

  • 19th April 2010

    Two arrested over death of gay Indian professor

    Two people were arrested

    4:28 PM — Two journalists have been arrested in connection with the death of a gay Indian professor who was filmed having sex with a man. Srinivas Ramchander Siras, professor of modern languages at Aligarh Muslim University, was found dead earlier this month at his home.

  • 9th April 2010

    Malaysia could see first gay-themed film 2

    Gay film characters were previously banned in Malaysia (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    5:57 PM — Cinema audiences in Malaysia could soon see the country's first gay-themed film after censorship guidelines were eased.

  • Gay Indian professor found dead after students filmed him having sex 14

    The professor was reportedly filmed by students having sex

    2:28 PM — A gay professor at a Muslim Indian university has been found dead after his students and a television crew broke into his home and filmed him having sex with a man.

  • 26th March 2010

    Asian gay conference cancelled by police 11

    Police cancelled the conference

    6:47 PM — A gay and lesbian conference in Indonesia has been cancelled by police after Muslims protested. The event, held by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association was due to take place from today until Monday in Surabaya, East Java's capital.

  • 22nd March 2010

    Malaysia allows gay film characters – with restrictions 16

    Bruno would remain banned in Malaysia

    5:51 PM — The predominantly Muslim country of Malaysia has decided to allow gay characters in films - as long as they repent or turn straight in the end.

  • 3rd February 2010

    Indian director confident gay kiss will pass censors 7

    A poster for the film

    6:24 PM — The director of a Bollywood film hailed as India's Brokeback Mountain has said he is confident gay kissing scenes will get past censors.

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