18th May 2011
Liverpool Pride announces ‘summer of love’ theme 7
5:45 PM — Liverpool Pride's theme for 2011 will be 'summer of love', organisers have announced. A vote held online and around the city's gay scene selected the theme for the August 6th festival.
Moscow bans gay Pride march again 175
5:42 PM — Moscow has once again denied permission for a gay Pride march. Activists applied to hold the event in Bolotnaya Ploshchad city park on May 28th but Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's administration turned down the request, citing a risk of public disorder.
70 countries celebrate Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 3
4:21 PM — More than 70 countries around the world held events to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) yesterday. The day, in its seventh year, saw hundreds of events held in countries including Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya, where campaigners risked threats and violence to call for equal rights.
Scotland publishes figures for hate crime charges 6
2:52 PM — The Scottish prosecution service has released the first figures on homophobic and transphobic hate crime charges. In the year since new hate crime offences came into law, 448 charges were made where there was an "aggravation" of homophobia. Fourteen charges were made with an "aggravation" of gender identity.
San Francisco Giants join campaign against anti-gay bullying 4
1:56 PM — The San Francisco Giants have become the first professional sports team in the US to join the It Gets Better campaign against homophobic bullying. More than 6,000 people signed a Change.org petition asking the baseball team to join the initiative.
Anti-gay Republican Newt Gingrich showered in glitter 89
11:45 AM — Anti-gay Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was covered in glitter by a gay rights campaigner at a book signing yesterday. Mr Gingrich and his wife Callista were in Minnesota for a dinner with the Minnesota Family Council when protester Nick Espinosa struck.
Lib Dem MP David Laws explains why he hid his sexuality 168
10:43 AM — Liberal Democrat MP David Laws has spoken frankly for the first time about his homosexuality. In an interview with the Times, the MP explained why he hid his sexuality and how he regrets setting a ban example to LGBT youngsters.