21st August 2012
Head of Taiwan’s Centre for Disease Control says marriage equality will help prevent spread of STDs 23
10:23 AM — The deputy director-general of Taiwan's Centres for Disease Control (CDC) is the first first senior official in the country to publicly come out in support of marriage equality.
16th August 2012
Nepalese LGBT rights group condemn ‘brazen thuggery’ of ‘biased and malicious’ TV programme 15
10:58 AM — The Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal’s leading LGBT rights organisation, have issued a statement condemning "a biased and maliciious" news report about their activities, which was screened on a national television station this week.
14th August 2012
Marriage equality on the cards for Taiwan 2
5:38 PM — Two women were married in a Buddhist ceremony in Taiwan last weekend, in the first known ceremony of its kind to be held in the country.
7th August 2012
Malaysian gay couple hold wedding celebration 3
10:36 PM — A gay couple in Malaysia have held what is considered to be the country's first gay wedding celebration. Ngeo Boon Lin, a Malaysian-born pastor and his new husband, African-American music producer Phineas Newborn III, celebrated with a front of a crowd of family members, friends and journalists.
29th July 2012
Vietnam considers legal recognition for gay couples 22
9:10 PM — Vietnam's Communist government is considering whether to legalise marriage or civil registration for gay couples. The Justice Ministry is debating whether to include rights for gay couples in an overhaul of marriage laws. It has been suggested that these rights will focus on inheritance, property and adoption of children.
17th July 2012
China: Dictionary in dispute over gay omission 4
4:01 PM — Dictionary writers in China have been criticised for leaving a word popular among the gay community out of a new edition.
9th July 2012
China: Wives of gay men ‘defrauded by support website’ 2
10:52 AM — Fifty wives of gay men in China say a website set up to provide them with support in their marriage has defrauded them, state media reports.
8th July 2012
China lifts ban on lesbians donating blood 1
10:40 PM — Lesbians in China can now legally give blood - although the ban on sexually active gay and bisexual men remains. The Ministry of Health announced last week that the ban on lesbians donating blood would be lifted immediately.
22nd May 2012
War erupts between India’s cricket chief and his gay son 34
11:28 AM — The gay son of India's cricket chief tells Indian newspapers that his father is using his political influence to torture him and his partner, and that this was now 'a fight to the finish.'
21st May 2012
Lady Gaga ‘Born This Way Ball’ goes ahead in Philippines despite religious protests 18
10:39 AM — Controversial bisexual star Lady Gaga has confirmed her concerts will go ahead on Monday and Tuesday night in the Philippines, despite protests from conservative Muslim and Christian groups.
19th May 2012
Malaysia: Muslim lesbian activist launches controversial book 21
8:44 PM — A Canadian Muslim has launched a controversial new book on liberal Islam in Malaysia, where the majority of citizens are Muslim, despite attempts by a government minister to ban the event.
18th May 2012
Disneyland champions gay rights in Japan 17
9:23 PM — Disneyland has become an unlikely champion of gay rights in Japan, by allowing same-sex couples to marry on its premises, even though same-sex relationships have no legal recognition in the country.
1st May 2012
India’s largest transgender festival begins 4
10:43 PM — Koovagam, the largest transgender festival in India, and in Asia, has opened in the eponymous village near the south Indian town of Villupuram, roughly 160 km southwest of Chennai.
30th April 2012
Filipino beauty queen apologises for calling homosexuality ‘a lie from the devil’ 74
3:18 PM — Filipino actress and former beauty queen Miriam Quiambao has apologised for calling homosexuality a 'lie from the Devil'.
25th April 2012
Hong Kong pop star Anthony Wong comes out 17
11:48 PM — Anthony Wong, a Hong Kong-based pop star, once well-known as the lead singer of the duo, Tat Ming Pair, has come out as gay in front of thousands of fans during a concert.
India: Man arrested for allegedly murdering friend who ‘forced him into a gay relationship’ 7
12:25 PM — Police in New Delhi have arrested a 20-year-old man, identified only as Wasim, who is accused of murdering a friend who he claimed continually forced him into a homosexual relationship.
17th April 2012
Taiwan: Almost one in five gay people have attempted suicide 12
10:28 PM — A large-scale survey of gay men and lesbians in Taiwan has suggested that almost one in five have attempted to take their own lives, leading to calls from advocacy groups for the government to educate students about homosexuality and introduce laws to protect the rights of LGBT students.
9th April 2012
India: Gay couple get married, but in uncertain terms 6
11:34 PM — A gay couple who were married according to Hindu rites, and had their marriage registered in Uttar Pradesh last month, have fled home, as their marriage has been discovered to be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act, which does not permit same-sex unions.
Senator John Kerry seeks to prevent lesbian being deported to Pakistan 8
3:37 PM — John Kerry is aiming to help prevent one half of a married lesbian couple in Massachusetts from deported back to Pakistan.
6th April 2012
State-run TV in Malaysia to ‘ban’ programmes featuring gay characters 18
10:54 AM — The Malaysian Information Department has banned television shows which feature gay characters, starting with state-run channels. The country’s Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz said the ban would be effective immediately beginning with state-owned TV and radio stations.