4th May 2012
JC Penny releases pro-gay ad, under fire from One Million Moms 30
11:17 PM — The US retailer, JC Penney (JCP), is under fire from the anti-gay group, One Million Moms, for the second time this year, after the retailer released a pro-gay ad featuring a lesbian couple with a child.
Colorado a step closer towards civil partnerships for gay couples 13
10:24 PM — A bill calling for civil partnerships for gay couples, granting rights similar to that granted by marriages, has passed through a Republican-led judiciary committee, even though it was rejected by the same committee last year.
Gay Tories Brian Coleman and Richard Barnes lose seats to Labour 56
9:40 PM — London's 'statutory' deputy mayor, Richard Barnes, and the chairman of the London Fire Authority, Brian Coleman, both of whom are openly gay, are among the Conservative Councillors to have lost seats to Labour, in what has been a rather poor day for the Tories across the country.
Mitt Romney says he wanted gay spokesperson to remain 21
7:44 PM — The presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, has said that he wanted Richard Grenell, who is openly gay and supports marriage equality, to stay on in his capacity as foreign policy spokesperson.
Sweden: Deportation nears for trans woman abused in native Russia 130
3:55 PM — Time is fast running out for a Russian trans woman who, it was reported recently in Pink News, fears being forced by Swedish authorities to return to Russia, where she expects to face violence and possible imprisonment at the hands of the authorities.
Hillary Clinton and ILGA to receive World Pride awards 32
3:46 PM — Pride London will give US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the 'World LGBT Award' in recognition of her contribution to protecting the rights of LGBT people worldwide ahead of World Pride in London this July.
UKIP candidate who claimed link between homosexuality and child abuse loses local election bid 151
3:03 PM — Dr Julia Gasper, a UKIP Oxford city council candidate who claimed gays account for 3 percent of the population and half of child abuse, has failed in her second bid to win public office.
Kenya: Government watchdog backs repeal of laws against homosexuality and prostitution 8
1:03 PM — The Kenya National Human Rights Commission has published a report calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality and prostitution in the east African state.
New Zealand: ‘Gay times are over’ billboard provokes anger 22
12:12 PM — A billboard apparently directed at the first openly lesbian mayor in New Zealand with the slogan 'The gay times are over' has provoked anger from councillors.
Methodist conference confirms view of ‘incompatible’ gay relationships 45
11:29 AM — A United Methodist Church conference in Florida has determined gay relationships are 'incompatible with Christian teaching'.
Defence minister: Equal marriage contributed to Tory local election losses 155
10:52 AM — Gerald Howarth, a junior defence minister who has spoken out against equal rights for gay couples in the armed forces and marriage equality generally says the government's proposals to allow gay and straight couples equal access to civil marriage were a contributing factor in election losses last night.
Nikolai Alekseev first to be convicted of ‘gay propaganda’ in St Petersburg 27
9:58 AM — Gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev has become the first man to be convicted under St Petersburg's recent 'gay propaganda' laws.