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June 2, 2014

‘My Chacha is gay’ is the first book aimed at teaching tolerance and acceptance of LGBTI people to children in Pakistan

A new book by a Toronto, Canada based Pakistani author hopes to teach tolerance towards LGBTI people in Pakistan and beyond.

‘My Chacha is gay’ is believed to be the first ever resource designed to teach Pakistani young people about different family arrangements and tells the story of Ahmed, a little boy who lives in the city of Karachi in Pakistan and his gay favorite uncle.

Ahmed lives with his parents, sister, grandmother and uncle Chacha, and they are often visited by ‘Uncle' Faheem – Chacha’s boyfriend, who is a pilot and lets Ahmed wear his pilot’s hat.

June 2, 2014

‘My Chacha is gay’ is the first book aimed at teaching tolerance and acceptance of LGBTI people to children in Pakistan

A new book by a Toronto, Canada based Pakistani author hopes to teach tolerance towards LGBTI people in Pakistan and beyond.

‘My Chacha is gay’ is believed to be the first ever resource designed to teach Pakistani young people about different family arrangements and tells the story of Ahmed, a little boy who lives in the city of Karachi in Pakistan and his gay favorite uncle.

Ahmed lives with his parents, sister, grandmother and uncle Chacha, and they are often visited by ‘Uncle' Faheem – Chacha’s boyfriend, who is a pilot and lets Ahmed wear his pilot’s hat.

April 29, 2014

US actress Jodie Foster is reportedly the talk of the town in Pakistan over her marriage to Alexandra Hedison

Pakistanis have turned to social media to attack the marriage of US actress Jodie Foster to photographer Alexandra Hedison after news broke of it earlier this week.

According to a funny column in Pakistan Today, the most common theme among social media users was that Foster had married another woman ‘to bring Pakistan down.’

April 28, 2014

A 28-year-old paramedic and father of two has confessed to luring three men to their deaths through a gay dating website to stop them from ‘spreading evil’ but authorities say he had sex with his victims

A serial killer in Lahore, Pakistan has confessed to murdering three gay men, saying that he carried out the killings in order to send a warning to homosexuals to stop but police say he had sex with his victims before killing them.

28-year-old Muslim father of two Muhammed Ejaz used his skills as a paramedic to sedate his victims and then broke their necks to kill the men.

One of his victims was a middle aged retired army major while the other two men were in their twenties.

April 4, 2014

If the Church of England announced support for same-sex marriage, it could lead to a 'massacre' of Christians in Nigeria, South Sudan and other African countries

African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts same-sex marriage, the Anglican head has suggested.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, claims backing LGBTI rights in the UK would lead to a ‘massacre’ in other nations.

Speaking on a LBC phone-in, he said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been killed over gay issues in America.

January 7, 2014

A gay Pakistani man who was due to be deported from Australia on his birthday despite having a long term Australian partner has been given a reprieve while a migration tribunal reviews whether he should be allowed to stay or not

Pakistan born gay man Ali Choudhry’s deportation from Australia has been put on hold while its Migration Review Tribunal considers his case.

Choudhry had been due to be deported on 8 January, which is also his birthday, but the tribunal has given him a reprieve while it decides whether to overturn Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to reject his appeal to his deportation order.

January 3, 2014

A gay man who was born in Pakistan but who has lived most of his life in North America is being deported to Pakistan by the Australian Government despite his four year relationship with an Australian man

Ali Choudhry expects to be deported by the Australian Government on 8 January after it determined that his four year relationship with Brisbane doctor Matthew Hynd did not constitute a ‘longstanding relationship.’

‘[We] do not consider that you are in a long-standing relationship with your sponsor,’ the Immigration Department wrote to Choudhry in response to the couple's attempt to obtain a partnership visa.

Choudhry was born in Pakistan but has lived most of his life in North America and originally came to Australia on a student visa to study Zoology.

December 18, 2013

Pakistani TV report shows journalist entering a home, insulting the two residents and apparently handing them to police while calling for tougher laws and stoning of LGBTIs

A Pakistani TV news reporter has invaded the home of a couple she claims are in a ‘gay’ relationship, leading to their arrests.

The show also flashed up offensive captions, saying LGBTI people are ‘worthy of stoning’ and ‘cause AIDS’.

The story on nation TV news station Abb Takk was headlined as ‘Male and she-male living as husband and wife’.

The reporter in the story goes into their home to interview them. She is filmed going through their closet, apparently without permission.

November 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

October 26, 2013

She-male association chief says community faces eviction, police brutality

The president of Pakistan’s transgender association in Peshawar, the frontier city where suicide bombers killed over 80 churchgoers last month, says her community is facing eviction and police brutality.

Farzana, who uses only one name, called a press conference in the city Thursday, after a public protest Wednesday resulted in baton-wielding policemen beating up the participants, reportedly causing some to need medical treatment for injuries.

October 12, 2013

Indian reality show Bigg Boss includes transgender and gay participants but spoils initiative with homophobic jeers

Six years ago the British reality show on Channel 4, Celebrity Big Brother, created a furor for airing racism.

Now its Indian cousin Bigg Boss, hosted by one of highest paid macho stars in the Indian film industry, is under fire for mocking homosexuals.

When Big Boss made its debut in 2005, it made waves in staid Indian society with one of the contestants being a cross-dresser.

October 8, 2013

Oiled muscles and brute strength make Turkish oil wrestling, the centuries-old national sport, one of the most challenging and homoerotic activities in the world

Out of all the world's national sports (Chile has rodeo, Pakistan has cricket and Japan has sumo wrestling) Turkish oil wrestling may be one of the most visually appealing sports for gay men around the world.

Turkey's national sport has existed and excited for thousands of years, tracing its origin back to the ancient Ottoman empire.

The sport is one of the most physically demanding around, as wrestlers must use their strength and tact to wriggle around and eventually dominate their opponent.

October 5, 2013

Queer Pakistan reinvents itself, new website sees traffic shoot up by 2,000%

A ban by the government and abeyance of its Facebook page has seen Pakistan’s underground LGBT website emerge stronger, reporting a 2,000 per cent increase in traffic in just 48 hours.

Queer Pakistan, which operates from Pakistan, where homosexuality is punishable with death or imprisonment, was shut down by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Tuesday, just two months after it had started offering support and counseling to the Islamic nation’s persecuted LGBT community.

September 25, 2013

But resourceful Queer Pakistan domain creates new URL and diverts traffic to it in minutes

In a move that was on the cards, Pakistan’s government has banned the only website in the country openly calling itself a gay site and offering support and counseling to the Islamic nation’s endangered LGBTQ community.

Queer Pakistan, a fledgling website launched in July and hitting global headlines immediately, was blanket-blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the state authority responsible for filtering the Internet in Pakistan.

September 14, 2013

Nepal’s pioneering gay rights group opens Pink Himalayan Center in Kathmandu to shelter victims and people with HIV/AIDS

‘This center is open to everyone, to all persecuted LGBTs,’ says a proud Sunil Pant, announcing the formal inauguration of the Pink Himalayan Center in Nepalese capital Kathmandu, the first sanctuary in South Asia for persecuted members of the community.

September 8, 2013

Online counseling comes under fire for not being stern enough with man who admits to having sex with nine-year-old boy

After bouquets, a new web site launched in Pakistan to provide support to the nation’s underground LGBTQ community has begun receiving brickbats as well.

Outraged netizens have taken it to task for being too easy on a man who admitted to haing sex with children as young as nine years old, forcing the counselor to apologize and amend the advice.

The web site, Queer Pakistan, started an online support group to counsel gays in Pakistan, where homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, or even death.

August 17, 2013

Aspiring model says she hates hijras and if she ever gave birth to a transgender child, would ‘finish’ it

Pakistan’s LGBT community watched in shocked silence as a young woman who appeared on a reality show popular with the young said she hated transgenders and all transgenders should be killed as they were useless and a burden on society.

The woman, identified by her first name Mariam, appeared on ARV Musik channel’s “Living on the edge: Kon hai risk taker” (Who will take the risk?) show.

June 14, 2013

One of the least tolerant societies in the world for accepting homosexuality has the highest amount of searches for gay sex terms

Google searches relating to gay sex are most common in Pakistan out of all the countries in the world, new research from Mother Jones discovered yesterday.

June 14, 2013

One of the least tolerant societies in the world for accepting homosexuality has the highest amount of searches for gay sex terms

Google searches relating to gay sex are most common in Pakistan out of all the countries in the world, new research from Mother Jones discovered yesterday.

June 11, 2013

Pakistani commentators are far from gleeful about getting their own version of the hit American musical TV show Glee

Pakistani commentators have responded on Twitter to the news that they will be getting their own version of Glee with statements that are anything but gleeful.

Ibrahim Hanif, who is studying masters in theology in Pakistan, tweeted: 'Liberals' in Pakistan push their extremist views with Pakistan's first homosexual soap opera'.

Osama Ashfaq was also unimpressed, tweeting: 'Do people of Pakistan seriously want their children to grow up in such a society where Taboo issues are no longer Taboo?'

May 27, 2013

Rehana Kausar and Sobia Kamar, who were joined in a civil union in the UK, seek refuge because they say they will be persecuted for their sexuality in Pakistan

A Muslim lesbian couple from Pakistan have been joined in a civil union in the UK and seek political asylum saying they will be persecuted for their sexuality if they return to their home country.

Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29 became civil partners in a ceremony earlier this month in Leeds.

'This country allows us rights and it’s a very personal decision that we have taken,' said Kausar to the Birmingham Mail.

May 27, 2013

Rehana Kausar and Sobia Kamar, who were joined in a civil union in the UK, seek refuge because they say they will be persecuted for their sexuality in Pakistan

A Muslim lesbian couple from Pakistan have been joined in a civil union in the UK and seek political asylum saying they will be persecuted for their sexuality if they return to their home country.

Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29 became civil partners in a ceremony earlier this month in Leeds.

'This country allows us rights and it’s a very personal decision that we have taken,' said Kausar to the Birmingham Mail.

May 9, 2013

Gay man makes controversial statement in an interview with AFP, says he feels more comfortable in Pakistan than the US

There are no gay bars, 'LGBT rights' is an unheard phrase and homosexuality is considered to be against the ruling religion - but one gay man has said he finds life easier in Pakistan than in the US.

Qasim, 41, made the controversial statement in an interview with AFP when the reporter met him and his boyfriend Ali in a coffee shop.

April 21, 2013

Producers of the new Abb Takk television channel hosted by a transgender activist hope to address the country's complex LGBT issues

A new TV channel in Pakistan is expected to give new visibility to the transgender community.

According to wire news agency Dispatch News Desk (DND), Abb Takk launched earlier this week, and is considered the only South Asian television channel willing to give a voice to the transgender community.

Abb Takk’s director of news and current affairs Nasir Baig Chugtai told DND that the channel will address not only ladies and gentlemen, but also ‘she-males’.