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April 10, 2015

Find out what it takes to be shortlisted for an Asia LGBT Milestone Award

Business is at the heart of securing positive change for LGBTI people in Asia.

They sponsor pride parades and festivals, try to support their gay and trans staff, and even change hearts and minds.

Here are the 11 organizations shortlisted for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

100 judges are now choosing the final winners who will be announced at a ceremony in Bangkok on 14 April with tickets available here.

January 26, 2015

See more of the viral photos inside

A photo of a man proposing to his boyfriend on the streets of Shanghai has gone viral on Chinese social media.

A Weibo user Saturday (24 January) night posted four photos of the the man proposing to and kissing his boyfriend, and of his silver BMW convertible filled with white roses.

'This just happened! Near Taicang Road in Shanghai, a male-male marriage proposal!' wrote nikawa.

'Forgive the bad photo quality, when I was taking the photo, my leg kept shaking from excitement…'

January 19, 2015

Report finds the women face 'amplified stigma' due to their gender and job

Transgender female sex workers are among the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, according to a new report.

Based on 10 months of research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community-based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker) and MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report found transgender sex workers experience 'amplified stigma' due to both their gender identity and their profession.

December 5, 2014

Survey finds 21% of respondents know someone who is LGBTI

Four out of five people in China agree that LGBTI people should have equal rights in terms of job opportunities and 83% believe workplace cultures should welcome all regardless of sexual orientation, according to a survey released today.

YouGov, WorkForLGBT and Shanghai LGBT Professionals' first annual national research study on the LGBT social climate in China was conducted from 21 November 26 November with a qualified sample size of 2,400 respondents across tier 1 through tier 3 cities and across nationally representative profiles.

November 6, 2014

Patrick Reed calls himself a 'faggot' after missing a shot and it's all captured on live television

Pro golfer Patrick Reed missed several putts during the opening hole of a tournament in Shanghai, China today and chided himself with an anti-gay slur.

The WGC-HSBC Champions tournament was being televised live by Golf Channel and Reed could be heard saying: 'Nice fuckin' three-putt you fuckin' faggot.'

September 7, 2014

The marriage is said to the first high-profile same-sex marriage conducted by a foreign diplomatic mission in China

UK's consul-general in Shanghai, Brian Davidson, has married his same-sex partner, Scott Chang, an American citizen, in Beijing on Saturday.

The wedding was held at the official residence of the UK's ambassador to China, Sir Sebastian Wood.

September 7, 2014

The marriage is said to the first high-profile same-sex marriage conducted by a foreign diplomatic mission in China

UK's consul-general in Shanghai, Brian Davidson, has married his same-sex partner, Scott Chang, an American citizen, in Beijing on Saturday.

The wedding was held at the official residence of the UK's ambassador to China, Sir Sebastian Wood.

August 8, 2014

A new study has found that gay friendliness pays a big part in Chinese LGBTI people’s purchasing choices, suggesting businesses who court them as customers will do well

The first ever China Pink Market Conference was held on Thursday in Shanghai and heard that LGBTI Chinese consumers vote with their feet when it comes to deciding which companies to do business with, with gay friendliness an important factor when it comes to choosing where to shop.

Market research company Community Marketing & Insights found that 53% of respondents in its First Annual China LGBT Community Survey indicated that ‘support [for] LGBT political causes and laws have the biggest impact on influencing their purchasing decisions.’

July 30, 2014

Russia will revive the Cold War era Intervision song contest in October in protest at Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision win

Following on to hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russian coastal city of Sochi will host the 2014 edition of the Soviet era Intervision song contest in October which Russia is reviving in protest at Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst winning the Eurovision song contest.

The contest is open to members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Co-operation Organization and former Soviet Republics including the Baltic states.

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 21, 2014

Oscar winning screenwriter was en route to London from Shanghai with boyfriend Tom Daley

Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black tweeted it was 'scary as hell' as the Virgin Atlantic plane that he and boyfriend Tom Daley were passengers on made an emergency landing in Russia on Monday.

July 21, 2014

Gay Olympic diver has his fans terrified after his plane dumps its fuel and makes an emergency landing in a Russian city

Olympic gay diver Tom Daley is in Russia after his plane landed there in an emergency.

The 20-year-old Brit landed in Irkutsk, a southeastern city close to the borders of Mongolia.

The athlete snapped a picture of the plane dumping its fuel shortly before it landed on the runway.

While it is impossible to speculate why the aircraft had to make an emergency landing, fuel dumps sometimes occur if the pilot suspects a fire.

Dumping the fuel can also be done to reduce weight.

May 21, 2014

The 6th annual ShanghaiPRIDE festival, from 13 to 21 June, is sure to out-do last year's epic turnout with film festivals, a Pride Run and loads of love from international supporters

ShanghaiPRIDE organizers are putting the power of the rainbow to the test this year.

Under the theme Better Together, ShanghaiPRIDE organizers are expecting to host their biggest and most publicized event yet, with parties and fundraising activities taking place from 13 to 21 June.

‘After five great years of development, we are really proud and appreciate the LGBT community and its allies coming out as one,’ said organizer Raymond Phang.

March 27, 2014

Private Chinese companies and western firms leading on LGBTI workplace issues but state-owned enterprises still lagging, says organizer

Top Chinese and western firms have met for a summit in Shanghai on how to support LGBTI workers, many of who are still in the closet.

Chinese companies often say they don’t know of any LGBTI staff – but now they are starting to tackle the issues.

The summit today (27 March), thought to be the first of its kind in China, brought together 120 people from around 100 companies, about 10% of which were Chinese.

Among them was HSBC, IBM and Chinese computer company Lenovo but 50 Fortune 500 firms were represented.

January 18, 2014

Police discovers 8 men "naked in a hotel room”, 7 others given "administrative penalties"

The Xuhui District People's Court in Shanghai, China last week sentenced eight men who were “discovered by police naked in a hotel room”, according to a report on the online edition of the state-run Shanghai Dail. The men aged between 20 to 40 are said to have had group sex and were given detention or administrative penalties.

January 18, 2014

Police discovers 8 men "naked in a hotel room”, 7 others given "administrative penalties"

The Xuhui District People's Court in Shanghai, China last week sentenced eight men who were “discovered by police naked in a hotel room”, according to a report on the online edition of the state-run Shanghai Dail. The men aged between 20 to 40 are said to have had group sex and were given detention or administrative penalties.

December 24, 2013

More than a dozen pair of lovers kiss to bystanders’ applause

Gay couples took the center stage at a Shanghai shopping mall to celebrate Christmas à la the British - kissing under the mistletoe.

At the city’s fashionable pedestrian shopping and dining area Xintiandi, over a dozen pair of gay and lesbian lovers braved the chilling weather to kiss under a giant Christmas Tree Saturday night.

November 6, 2013

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Thor wrapping his big strong arms and hammer around a man?

That's the image on an unauthorized poster accidentally used at a Shanghai theater advertising this week's release of Thor: The Dark World.

Fans of the franchise knew something was amiss at first glance.

The superhero, played by Chris Hemsworth, would certainly never be so physically affectionate with his villainous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and their cuddle in the poster is more than brotherly.

June 25, 2013

The 5th annual Shanghai Pride festival has seen the best attendance in the event’s history but participants were still not able to march

The organizers of the 2013 Shanghai Pride Festival have reported the best turnout in the event’s history.

‘Pride5 was amazing,’ organizers wrote in an online statement.

‘We’d like to thank all our sponsors, individual donors, volunteers, and you for making it happen. For the past six months, we’ve busted our behinds for this and we can finally say all the blood, sweat, and tears were worth it.

June 19, 2013

Chinese authorities have shown more interest in Shanghai Pride this year, pressurizing three venues not to hold events for the fifth annual week-long festival

Chinese authorities have shown more interest in the fifth Shanghai Pride than ever before.

'All of our venues were contacted by the authorities,' said organizer Charlene Liu to Gay Star News. 'They questioned whether they had the capacity to house a large crowd.'

After that three venues decided to drop-out from hosting Pride events, causing a last-minute logistical headache, as has happened in previous years.

The authorities (Liu doesn't know what department they were from) also contacted Shanghai Pride's organizers.

June 19, 2013

Chinese authorities have shown more interest in Shanghai Pride this year, pressurizing three venues not to hold events for the fifth annual week-long festival

Chinese authorities have shown more interest in the fifth Shanghai Pride than ever before.

'All of our venues were contacted by the authorities,' said organizer Charlene Liu to Gay Star News. 'They questioned whether they had the capacity to house a large crowd.'

After that three venues decided to drop-out from hosting Pride events, causing a last-minute logistical headache, as has happened in previous years.

The authorities (Liu doesn't know what department they were from) also contacted Shanghai Pride's organizers.

June 17, 2013

A meeting in Shanghai highlights inequalities and obstacles to LGBT people feeling comfortable enough to come out at work in China

Twenty people gathered in the IBM offices in the Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai's second tallest building, today start an effort towards more LGBT inclusion in China's workplaces. 

Business people from multi-national banks, legal firms and pharmaceutical companies met to learn about how to make their workplaces more comfortable for LGBT employees. However no purely Chinese companies showed interest in the topic.

June 14, 2013

Comrade Yue, about the filmmaker's life as a gay coal miner in rural Shanxi province in China, premieres in Beijing next week

A documentary about the life of a gay coal miner in rural Shanxi province in China will premiere next week in Beijing.

Comrade Yue is 'an intimate and artistic portrait' of debut filmmaker Yue Jianbo, who attended a queer film training workshop in March 2012. His idea was one of two chosen to be made into a full-length documentary.

June 7, 2013

Queer Comrades congratulate Changsha Pride for 'courage' after the biggest LGBT pride march in China

Queer Comrades website, China's 'LGBT TV channel', has released a video about last month's pride march in Changsha, Henan province.

It was the biggest LGBT pride parade in China so far, after Changsha Pride debuted on a much smaller scale last year.

Shanghai has had its own pride festival every year since 2009 but without a march, as all demonstrations are heavily cracked-down upon in China.

'Any kind of march will be looked upon as a demonstration, or some sort of protest,' said Shanghai Pride organizer Charlene Liu to Gay Star News.