4th July 2013
UN warns failure of Asian government to abolish anti-gay laws is undermining fight against HIV 2
6:20 PM — UN-AIDS Steven Kraus director has urged governments in Asia to eliminate anti-gay laws that hinder the battle against HIV.
2nd July 2013
Singapore’s first out gay politician urges for repeal of anti-gay laws 4
3:13 PM — Singapore’s first openly gay politician says he is hopeful that the state will eventually abolish laws banning homosexuality.
30th June 2013
Singapore: ‘Pink Dot’ LGBT rally attracts highest attendance yet 1
1:24 PM — Singapore's annual pink-themed LGBT rights rally attracted more crowds than any previous year.
21st June 2013
India: LGBT activist happy with acceptance from appearing on reality TV show
5:43 PM — An LGBT activist in Mumbai has reflected on the positive reaction to a reality television show which featured her living her daily life.
4th June 2013
Glee star Charice Pempengco comes out as gay in TV interview 3
12:41 AM — Former Glee star Charice Pempengco, has come out as a lesbian during a recent television interview on a talk show in the Phillipines.
28th May 2013
China: 81-year-old inspired by Pride march to appeal rape conviction
1:01 PM — An 81-year-old war veteran charged with raping 11 of his fellow soldiers during the rise of Mao Zedong says he has been inspired by a Pride march to stand up for having had consensual sex with men.
27th May 2013
Pakistani lesbian couple seek asylum in UK following death threats 8
12:36 PM — A lesbian couple from Pakistan are seeking asylum in the UK after defying death threats to get a civil partnership.
20th May 2013
China: 18-year-old IDAHOT activist detained for 12 days
2:32 PM — It has emerged that one of four LGBT marchers detained in the Chinese city of Changsha following Friday's IDAHOT events remains in prison, and has been sentenced to 12 days in jail.
19th May 2013
China: IDAHOT activists detained in two cities 4
6:44 PM — LGBT activists marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in two Chinese cities were detained by police.
13th May 2013
Nintendo to ‘fix’ bug which allowed male same-sex relationships in computer game 9
1:44 PM — Computer game giant Nintendo has addressed a "bug" in one of its popular titles, which allowed male same-sex couples to have relationships, get married and have children. Despite calls from users to keep the feature, Nintendo has issued a statement to say it will "fix" the issue.
Hong Kong: Transgender woman wins right to marry boyfriend in landmark case 4
11:15 AM — Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal has ruled in favour of a trans woman seeking the right to marry her boyfriend, ending her three year legal battle.
8th May 2013
Indonesia: Proposed bylaw would make homosexuality punishable by flogging 16
4:38 PM — Gay and lesbian citizens of a conservative province of Indonesia could be subject to public lashings, under a new bylaw being pushed by the provincial capital's deputy governor.
1st May 2013
South Korea: Court grants Ugandan lesbian refugee status after family killed due to her sexuality 7
8:51 AM — A 27-year-old Ugandan woman has become the first person to be granted refugee status in South Korea due to their sexuality.
28th April 2013
Japan: Thousands march in Tokyo in support of LGBT rights 3
3:41 PM — Thousands marched in Tokyo this weekend as Japan kicked off its first Rainbow Week, which aims to reach out to LGBT people in the country.
23rd April 2013
Singapore: Couple take country’s gay sex ban to Court of Appeal 17
11:01 AM — A same-sex couple in Singapore have launched a legal appeal to overturn an archaic law criminalising sex between men.
18th April 2013
Vietnam: Health Ministry recommends legalisation of same-sex marriage 1
4:25 PM — Vietnam's Health Ministry has recommended that the country's Law on Marriage and Family be amended to allow for same-sex marriages, saying that the pressure on LGBT people to stay in the closet can have serious health repercussions.
15th April 2013
Pakistan: General election to see first transgender candidates run 1
6:00 PM — For the first time transgender people will be able to run for Pakistan’s general election in May while being open about their identities, and so far two have applied to stand for positions in their local constituencies.
Hong Kong: Top court to hear trans woman’s final case for marriage
11:44 AM — Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal will today begin hearing the case of a trans woman who wishes to marry her boyfriend, in the last battle of a legal war she has fought for several years.
11th April 2013
Bahrain: Male sex workers sentenced to jail by judge who claims ‘Homosexuality ruins nations’ 10
4:25 PM — The judge in the case of two male sex workers in Bahrain has said he gave them the maximum penalty as a deterrent to others, and a sign that "Homosexuality ruins individuals and nations."
10th April 2013
Iceland PM asked to meet with gay rights activists in Chinese visit 2
1:31 PM — Iceland’s Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world’s first openly gay prime minister, has been asked to meet with the parents of gay children in next week's visit to China.