13th December 2011
250,000 sign petition against St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 7
3:18 PM — Nearly a quarter of a million people have signed a petition calling on world leaders to hold Russia to account for a draft law in St Petersburg which threatens to silence its gay community. The draft law would punish the promotion of LGBT lifestyles in public alongside paedophilia in Russia's second largest city.
Newly-crowned Mr Gay Namibia was “mugged for prize money” 17
1:47 PM — The holder of the Mr Gay Namibia title says he was mugged outside his home in the African state by attackers demanding the prize money he had won. The assailants escaped with N$200, about £15.
Sister of former Australian PM leaves Labor over marriage equality “nonsense” 64
12:38 PM — The sister of Australia's former Prime Minister and current Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has officially left the party over what she termed the "utter nonsense" of gay marriage. Loree Rudd said: "I couldn't work for a party that had endorsed homosexuals marrying."
100 take part in first gay pride march in Pune, India 6
12:21 PM — Around 100 people participated in the first gay pride march to be held in Pune, India's eighth largest city. The rally was organised by Samapathik, a local men's sexual health organisation.
Republicans block appointment of US ambassador to El Salvador over pro-gay rights article 26
12:04 PM — Last night, the US senate blocked president Barack Obama's nominee to be ambassador to El Salvador after Republicans expressed outrage at an article she wrote in support of gay rights and unfounded rumours that an ex-boyfriend was a Cuban spy.
Police pay compensation after calling teenage photographer “stupid” and “gay” 110
11:24 AM — A teenager has received an apology and £4,000 in compensation after Metropolitan Police officers stopped him photographing a military parade, saying it was "dangerous", "stupid" and "gay". Jules Mattsson was 15 when he attended the parade in Romford, north east London in June 2010.
US gay serviceman reinstated following Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell discharge 11
11:13 AM — A gay linguist who was discharged from the US Navy under the now-repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DODT) ban on openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces has been reinstated, his attorneys have announced.
One half of Canadian ‘gay’ penguin couple finds a straight mate 60
10:50 AM — One half of Canada's best known gay couples, a pair of African penguins, has found a new mate, of the opposite sex. Toronto's zoo split up a pair of male penguins, Buddy and Pedro, in order to coax them into breeding.
High Court challenge of Northern Ireland’s gay adoption rules begins 4
10:00 AM — A human rights body in Northern Ireland has begun arguments at the country's High Court to reverse the ban on unmarried couples adopting children. The Human Rights Commission is challenging laws which it argues are incompatible with those in England, Wales and Scotland, and do not protect the interests of the child in question.
Interview: Russell Grant on Strictly Come Dancing and returning to his theatrical roots 6
9:26 AM — Russell Grant talks to Laurence Watts about his accidental fame in astrology, exceeding expectations on Strictly Come Dancing, and asking Holly Valance to star in a lesbian production of Romeo and Juliet.
Trans woman ‘pushed to death’ by friend
9:06 AM — A respected human rights lawyer and transgender woman was pushed to her death in front of a train by a friend she had been helping, a court heard today.