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Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Brunei postpones new penal code that calls for ‘death by stoning’ for gay sex

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Brunei has postponed its planned implementation of its new penal code that includes harsh Islamic punishments that call for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature. [ Read more → ]
The Supreme Court of India in New Delhi.

India Supreme Court to hear curative plea on law criminalizing gay sex

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
NEW DELHI -- India's Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea by gay rights activists to reconsider its controversial decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalizes same-sex sexual activity. [ Read more → ]
Brunei

UN condemns Brunei law that calls for death by stoning for gay sex

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights office has condemned a revised penal code in Brunei which calls for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature. [ Read more → ]
Indian eunuchs dance after Supreme Court’s verdict recognizing third gender category, in Nagpur, India, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.

India’s supreme court recognizes transgender people as third gender

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NEW DELHI — India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. [ Read more → ]
Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan to consider anti-gay law similar to Russia’s gay ‘propaganda’ ban

Saturday, March 29, 2014
The Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan is considering an anti-gay law that would prohibit its citizens from creating "a positive attitude toward non-traditional sexual relations” among minors, a bill nearly identical to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. [ Read more → ]
HONG-KONG

Hong Kong lawmakers set to debate restrictive transgender rights bill

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HONG KONG -- Lawmakers in Hong Kong are set to debate a draft bill that if passed would codify an existing government policy that transgender people must undergo surgery to remove their genitals and construct new ones before they can qualify for legal recognition of their gender reassignment. [ Read more → ]
Alexei Nikolsky, RIA-Novosti  (Presidential Press Service)Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Asia leaders join Sochi, not put off by Russia’s human rights record

Saturday, February 8, 2014
When top Western leaders decided to stay away from Russian President Vladimir Putin's Winter Olympics, he wasn't exactly left friendless: he has the heads of leading Asian nations and others to help show the world that not everyone is put off by his human rights record and the anti-gay law he championed. [ Read more → ]
TwitterParticipants unfurl a rainbow flag a Mumbai pride on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

Mumbai sees record turnout for gay pride after India court re-criminalizes gay sex

Sunday, February 2, 2014
MUMBAI, India -- A record crowd estimated at over 5,000 participants turned out for gay pride in Mumbai on Saturday, the first pride event since the country's supreme court reinstated a colonial-era law that criminalizes gay sex. [ Read more → ]
South Chin Morning PostGigi (left) and Cecil Chao

Lesbian appeals to tycoon dad over multi-million dollar dowry offer

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
HONG KONG — The lesbian daughter of a flamboyant Hong Kong tycoon who publicly offered millions of dollars to any man who could woo her into marriage appealed to her father in an open letter published Wednesday to accept her for who she is. [ Read more → ]
APGay rights activists hold placards during a protest against a Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality.

India Supreme Court refuses to review verdict that criminalizes homosexuality

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
NEW DELHI - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request to reconsider its controversial decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalizes homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Dr. Indira Sharma

Leading Indian psychiatrist: Homosexuality is unnatural, gays should seek treatment

Thursday, January 23, 2014
MUMBAI – The former head of the national India Psychiatric Society described homosexuality as "unnatural" and that “homosexuals uncomfortable with their sexuality should seek psychiatric help.” [ Read more → ]
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First magazine for gays and lesbians in Bangladesh launched

Monday, January 20, 2014
Bangladesh's gay community has launched its first magazine in a bid to promote greater acceptance of gays who face widespread discrimination in the conservative Muslim-majority country, the publication's editor said on Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Altaf Qadri, APIn this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Lakshmi Tripathi, a transgender activist delivers a speech during a protest in New Delhi against a Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in India. Gay rights activists and health workers in India are warning that the ruling will undo years of progress in fighting AIDS by driving gay and transgender people underground.

Activists say India ruling criminalizing homosexuality hurts HIV fight

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
NEW DELHI -- Gay rights activists and health workers in India are warning that a new Supreme Court ruling criminalizing homosexuality will undo years of progress in fighting AIDS by driving gay and transgender people underground. [ Read more → ]
India

India government asks high court to review its decision on anti-gay law

Friday, December 20, 2013
NEW DELHI — India's government asked the country's Supreme Court on Friday to review a decision in which it upheld a colonial-era law that bans homosexual acts and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison. [ Read more → ]
Yashwant Sinha

India political party leader says gay U.S. diplomats should be ‘arrested, punished’

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
NEW DELHI, India -- The leader of India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Wednesday that India should “arrest and punish" U.S. diplomats in India who have “same sex companions” as same-sex acts is illegal in the country. [ Read more → ]
India

Indian gay activists protest top court’s ruling that criminalizes gay sex

Sunday, December 15, 2013
NEW DELHI — Hundreds of gay rights activists gathered in India's capital and other cities across the country on Sunday to protest a decision by India's top court to uphold a law that criminalizes gay sex. [ Read more → ]
Japan

Japan court issues landmark ruling on transgender parent’s rights

Friday, December 13, 2013
TOKYO -- Japan's Supreme Court this week ruled that a toddler born to a transgender man and his wife through artificial insemination shall be regarded as their legitimate child. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Oswald Gracias

Archbishop of Mumbai: Catholic church ‘never considered gay people criminals’

Thursday, December 12, 2013
MUMBAI -- The Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, said Wednesday that the Church has “never considered gay people criminals.” [ Read more → ]
Saurabh Das, APGay rights activists wave rainbow colored flags during a protest meeting after the top Indian court ruled that a colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality will remain in effect in India Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in New Delhi, India.

India’s law minister: Government likely to review anti-gay sex law

Thursday, December 12, 2013
NEW DELHI -- India's law minister said Thursday that the government has not abandoned efforts to make homosexuality legal, and that the country must take swift action to challenge a Supreme Court decision banning same-sex relations. [ Read more → ]
Supreme Court in New Delhi.

Top Indian court upholds colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
NEW DELHI -- A colonial-era law criminalizing homosexuality will remain in effect in India, a top court said Wednesday, dealing a blow to gay activists who have argued for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society. [ Read more → ]
Tsering Topgyal, APGay rights activists display rainbow-colored banner and shout slogans as they march in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.

Gay rights activists in India rally, demand end to discrimination

Sunday, November 24, 2013
NEW DELHI -- Gay rights activists sang songs and carried rainbow-colored flags while marching to the beat of traditional Indian drums Sunday, as they paraded through India's capital to demand an end to the stigmatization of gays in the deeply conservative country. [ Read more → ]
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Nepal opens up national elections to members of ‘third gender’

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The Nepal government's Election Commission said Monday that LGBT and inter-sex Nepalis are able to register as “third gender” for the first time in the country's history, and will be able campaign openly for legislative seats in the upcoming November 19 national elections. [ Read more → ]
Taiwan TodayRevelers take part in a mock wedding banquet in Taipei City to support the legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan.

More than one thousand join a banquet in support of marriage equality in Taiwan

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- More than 1,200 people attended a massive mock gay wedding banquet outside the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan, over the weekend to promote the marriage equality bill due to be introduced for a parliamentary vote soon. [ Read more → ]
Singapore

Singapore’s LGBT community decries national survey about ‘gay lifestyles’

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
SINGAPORE CITY, Singapore -- Singapore's LGBT community has decried a recent government-commissioned survey that suggests a plurality of Singaporeans are not accepting of "gay lifestyles," and that a clear majority rejects same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Niranjan Shrestha, APA participant poses in a Gay Pride rally in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

Sexual minorities march in Nepal to demand equal rights

Thursday, August 22, 2013
KATMANDU, Nepal — About 1,000 gays, lesbians, transgender people and their supporters, many dressed in colorful clothes and holding banners, marched through Nepal's capital on Thursday to celebrate and demand rights for their community, in what has become an annual festival. [ Read more → ]
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