19th May 2011
Gay activists want advertisers to dump Fox News 44
4:28 PM — Gay rights campaigners in the US are pressuring companies not to advertise on Fox because they say the network perpetuates "smears" and "lies" about gays and lesbians. Media Matters and gay groups GLAAD, the Courage Campaign and Equality Matters have asked LGBT-friendly online travel promoter Orbitz to drop its ads on Fox.
Lady Gaga beats Oprah to become world’s most powerful celebrity 28
3:02 PM — Lady Gaga has knocked Oprah Winfrey off the top spot on Forbes' annual list of the 100 most powerful celebrities. The singer and gay rights campaigner won the top spot for her social media power.
Homosexuality did not cause Catholic Church child abuse scandal, report says 70
1:52 PM — A study commissioned by the US Catholic Church confirms that child abuse by priests was not caused by homosexuality or celibacy. The $2 million report, by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, instead says that the sexual revolution post-1960 was to blame, along with poor training and a lack of emotional support.
Reports say Ugandan parliament will return to the anti-gay bill 11
12:09 PM — Reports suggest that Uganda's new parliament will consider the notorious anti-homosexuality bill. The last parliament, which was dissolved last week, ran out of time to debate the draft legislation, which calls for the death penalty for some cases of gay sex.
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.
17th May 2011
Teenagers charged with hate crimes for beating of Maryland trans woman
4:54 PM — Two teenage girls have been indicted on hate crime charges over an attack on a trans woman in a Maryland McDonald's restaurant last month. The attack on Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, was filmed by a store employee and posted online.
Peter Tatchell: The Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia 108
4:02 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the Commonwealth is a "bastion of global homophobia" and has failed to condemn abuses of LGBT people.
Wisconsin governor wants to stop defending gay domestic partnerships 26
3:37 PM — The governor of Wisconsin has said he wants to stop defending the state's domestic partnership registry for gay couples. Scott Walker, a Republican, told a judge he believes the law is unconstitutional because it mimics marriage.
Poll says most Minnesota voters don’t want gay marriage ban 2
2:18 PM — A poll suggests that just over half of Minnesota voters do not want a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The state may hold a referendum on the issue next year if the House follows the Senate in approving a bill.
Illinois trans woman sues employer over toilet ban 3
1:50 PM — A trans woman from the US state of Illinois is suing her employers for barring her from using the women's toilet. Meggan Sommerville, of Oswego, has filed two charges of discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Elton John meets David Cameron to discuss HIV rates 30
11:29 AM — Elton John has met with prime minister David Cameron to discuss the work of his HIV and AIDS charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The private meeting was held at Downing Street and John also met international development secretary Andrew Mitchell, whose department has worked with the EJAF on projects around the world.
Activists celebrate 7th International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 18
10:26 AM — LGBT campaigners are celebrating the seventh International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). The event has been held every year since 2005 to raise awareness of discrimination and harassment of LGBT people around the globe.
16th May 2011
Donald Trump won’t run for US president 23
6:11 PM — US billionaire and gay marriage opponent Donald Trump has announced he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination. In a statement today, he said he had a "strong conviction" that he could win the race and ultimately the presidency in 2012 but is not ready to leave the private sector.
Rugby star Ben Cohen quits to fight for gay rights 38
5:53 PM — England rugby union star Ben Cohen is retiring to become a gay rights activist. The player, whose last team was Sale, has set up a foundation to tackle homophobia and bullying.