20th May 2010
Iranian lesbian actress may face death if deported 17
1:18 PM — An Iranian actress is fighting to win asylum in the UK because she fears she will be killed if sent home. Kiana Firouz, 27, was told by the Home Office she could avoid persecution in Iran if she was "discreet" about being a lesbian.
11th May 2010
Elton John to perform in Morocco despite calls to ban him 4
11:23 AM — Elton John will still perform at a music festival in Morocco despite calls to ban him because he is gay. An Islamist group said he could encourage homosexuality.
27th April 2010
Comment: Labour is shunning gay Iraqis, asylum seekers 13
4:20 PM — As he launched Labour's international LGBT manifesto last Wednesday, foreign secretary David Miliband made one howler, echoed by another in the manifesto's text. He said: "Under Labour the UK will continue to be a beacon of hope for LGBT people."
UK ‘breaching UN rules’ on returning gay asylum seekers 32
11:43 AM — An Amnesty International report claims that the UK and several other European countries are breaching United Nations rules on returning vulnerable Iraqi asylum seekers.
24th March 2010
Comment: Iraq is the most dangerous place on earth for gays 37
5:43 PM — It often shocks people to hear this but talk to Iraqi gays who've made it out and they'll tell you - life was better under Saddam.
23rd March 2010
Exclusive: Campaigner says delay in asylum claims is ‘killing gay Iraqis’ 8
6:41 PM — A gay Iraqi asylum seeker whose application has been stuck in the system for three years has complained that the delay is harming LGBT people in the country.
22nd March 2010
Iranian actor returns to screens after gender reassignment 4
6:53 PM — An Iranian actor has returned to screens as a man after transitioning. Saman Arastu, who was previously known as Farzaneh, had a strong career as a woman, playing television and film roles.
9th March 2010
Bing ‘censors gay and lesbian searches in Arabic countries’ 7
3:31 PM — Microsoft's Bing search engine has been accused of blocking non-pornographic gay and lesbian searches in Arabic countries. Researchers said that Arabic words which were filtered included the terms "gay", "lesbian" and "homosexuality".
3rd December 2009
Opening of Chinese gay bar delayed 6
7:35 PM — The opening of a Chinese gay bar designed to tackle HIV infections has been delayed. The state-funded bar, in the city of Dali, was due to open on Tuesday, which was World AIDS Day.
27th November 2009
Israeli ambassador first to be accompanied by gay spouse 19
6:06 PM — A Liverpool-born man has become the first gay spouse of an Israeli ambassador. Yitzhak Yanouka, known as Izzy, will soon be moving to Angola to become the next Israeli ambassador in Luanda and will be taking his partner Mikie Goldstein, 44, with him.
12th November 2009
Jewish settler accused of attacks on gay Israelis 12
6:32 PM — A Jewish settler accused of killing two Israelis and carrying out attacks on gays, left-wing Israelis and messianic Jews told a court this week that God was "proud" of him.
9th November 2009
Three Iranian men on death row for homosexuality offences 119
1:21 PM — Three Iranian men are thought to be facing the death penalty for having homosexual relations. The men, named as Nemat Safavi, Mehdi P and Moshen G, have been on death row for three years and allegedly committed the crimes while under the age of 18.
11th September 2009
Iran may allow trans marriage 5
5:01 PM — Iran is set to allow a woman to marry a trans man. A woman, known only as Shaghayegh, told Tehran's family court she wanted to marry her best friend from school, who recently underwent gender reassignment to become male.
25th August 2009
Gay Prime Minister poll provokes homophobic response from Israeli MP 14
10:39 AM — A poll for an Israeli newspaper that revealed that 44% of Israelis may be ready for a gay Prime Minister has provoked a vitriolic response from one of the country's MPs.
21st August 2009
Israeli rabbis discuss gay parenting 12
3:25 PM — A Jewish initiative may see gay men marrying women to have children while continuing relationships with their male partners.
20th August 2009
Jerusalem gay community centre hires armed guard
11:20 AM — Following a fatal shooting at a Tel Aviv gay youth venue several weeks ago, Jerusalem's only gay community centre has now employed an armed security guard.
17th August 2009
Gay Israeli peace campaigner avoids jail for now
6:05 PM — A gay Israeli man who has opposed the demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank has escaped jail for now. Ezra Nawi will be sentenced on September 21st.
Gay Iraqis face torture and murder, report finds 32
11:07 AM — A report has found that gays in Iraq are facing rising levels of homophobic violence from militia groups and the government is not doing enough to stop attacks.
13th August 2009
19,000 people sign petition not to jail gay Israeli man 3
11:46 AM — An online petition to prevent a gay Israeli peace campaigner being jailed has gathered 19,000 signatures but more people are being asked to pledge their support.
11th August 2009
Israeli military’s chief rabbi complains over magazine feature on gay soldiers 10
2:42 PM — The chief rabbi of the Israeli Defence Forces has complained over an army magazine which featured gay soldiers. He said they were not appropriate.