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.
10th August 2009
Israeli president speaks at Tel Aviv gay rally
2:09 PM — The Israeli president, Shimon Peres, has addressed tens of thousands of people at a gay solidarity rally in Tel Aviv. Just over a week ago, two were killed at an LGBT youth centre.
Gay Israeli peace campaigner to be jailed over protest 8
11:38 AM — A gay Israeli peace activist is facing jail after opposing the demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank.
6th August 2009
Israeli prime minister visits scene of gay shooting 4
4:45 PM — The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has visited the gay youth centre where two people were killed last weekend.
Survey finds almost half of Israelis think gays are deviants 16
10:59 AM — Days after a gunman killed two in a Tel Aviv gay youth centre, a poll has suggested that nearly half of Israelis think gays are deviants.
5th August 2009
US military investigating Iraqi gay executions claim
1:43 PM — The US military is investigating claims that US soldiers committed atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians. Last week, two gay Iraqi refugees claimed they had photographic evidence of executions.
4th August 2009
Tel Aviv gay shooting: Israeli minister forms emergency committee 5
5:29 PM — Issac Herzog, the Israeli minister for welfare and social services, said yesterday he would form an emergency committee to meet the needs of LGBT people following a shooting at a gay centre.