16th April 2012
‘Startlingly homophobic’ Daily Mail column removed 78
11:20 PM — An article on Mail Online by Alexander Boot, described as being 'startlingly homophobic,' has been removed from the website without any explanation following a Facebook campaign.
Canada: Wildrose Party candidate under fire for homophobic comments 14
10:58 PM — The leader of Alberta's Wildrose Party, Danielle Smith, is under pressure to sack one of her candidates, after one of his blogs from last year was discovered, where he said homosexuals are deemed to spend an eternity in hell.
Northern Ireland: Ban on gay men donating blood ‘brings shame’ 21
10:17 PM — The current ban on gay men being blood donors is bringing shame to Northern Ireland, student union officials at the annual NUS-USI conference are set to claim. The conference, organised by the National Union of Students and the Union of Students in Ireland, began today in County Fermanagh.
Lesbian PCSO jailed for passing secrets to other gay friends 19
10:00 PM — A lesbian police community support officer (PCSO) in Wales has been imprisoned for ten months, for passing on confidential information to other gay people in her area, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Court overrules police to give go-ahead to Budapest Pride 5
4:31 PM — A court in Budapest has reportedly overruled the police's decision not to grant a licence for the city's gay pride march.
St Petersburg: First hearings for men arrested under anti-gay law postponed 5
3:41 PM — The trial of two men who are the first to be prosecuted under St Petersburg's new law banning the promotion of homosexuality among minors has reportedly been adjourned due to missing documents.
Higher fees ‘prohibiting civil partnership ceremonies in religious buildings’ 76
3:05 PM — The fees religious premises must pay before they can hold civil partnerships have been called 'prohibitive', with churches, synagogues and mosques required to pay ten times more to host gay civil partnership ceremonies than they do to host straight weddings.
Call to complain over ‘startlingly homophobic’ Daily Mail column 124
1:15 PM — Thousands of people have been asked to complain about a 'startlingly homophobic' opinion piece published on the Daily Mail's Mail Online website as part of a Facebook campaign.
Hunger Games star to get GLAAD honour for pro-gay stance 27
12:25 PM — Josh Hutcherson, one of the stars of the dystopian teenage battle epic The Hunger Games will receive the GLAAD's Vanguard Award for his pro-gay equality stance.
Gay dean: Leak culprit should be found before new Archbishop of Canterbury appointed 22
11:42 AM — The Church of England's most senior openly gay cleric has said the source of leaked documents which cost him an appointment as Bishop of Southwark must be found before a replacement for the Archbishop of Canterbury is decided.
Michael Cashman MEP meets Northern Cyprus leaders over anti-gay law 8
10:53 AM — Last week, openly gay MEP Michael Cashman met leaders and non-governmental organisations in the northern part of Cyprus, advocating for the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Saudi Arabia: Schools ‘ban tomboys and gays’ 51
10:17 AM — The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reportedly banned gays and tomboys from its schools citing efforts to tackle the two 'phenomena'.