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Paul Canning

In Iran, a looming Internet "disaster" for LGBT community

Iran is instituting new clampdowns on Internet use, and is about to cut itself off from the World Wide Web. Activists trying to support gay people inside Iran say this will be a "disaster."

In China, LGBT and HIV grassroots movements are growing

Increased awareness is changing what was stigmatized treatment of HIV/AIDS in China. This year the country will host its first AIDS Walk, which will include a trek along the Great Wall.

Year in review: A roundup on LGBT asylum and refugees

LGBT people fleeing persecution, violence and discrimination in their homelands find few sympathetic ears in destination countries around the world, but some progress is made on asylum issues in a few nations.

Year-end review: Globally, LGBT community faces backlash and repression

Viewed from a global perspective, the LGBT community in many parts of the world felt backlash, repression and discrimination as many governments, struggling to to survive tough economic conditions at home, blatantly used gay rights as a wedge issue.

In Pakistan, a transgender leader is standing for election

Shahana Abbas Shani, president of Pakistan's She-male Association, announces that she will contest elections as an independent candidate for Muzaffargarh for the Punjab provincial assembly.