21st May 2012
Homophobic attack in Worcestershire may threaten Rainbow Picnic celebrations 17
1:24 PM — A teenager was the victim of an unprovoked homophobic attack over the weekend after a night out in Worcester city centre.
London music teacher nominated for ‘Teacher of the Year’ award after LGBT campaigning 14
12:29 PM — A London music teacher has been nominated for Teacher of the Year in the 2012 Times Educational Supplement (TES) Schools Awards.
Lady Gaga ‘Born This Way Ball’ goes ahead in Philippines despite religious protests 18
10:39 AM — Controversial bisexual star Lady Gaga has confirmed her concerts will go ahead on Monday and Tuesday night in the Philippines, despite protests from conservative Muslim and Christian groups.
20th May 2012
GAP releases pro-gay ad, under fire from One Million Moms 132
10:02 PM — The US clothing retailer GAP has released a new advertising campaign in Los Angeles, which features a gay couple embracing under one t-shirt, and has predictably drawn the wrath of the anti-gay group, One Million Moms.
Kansas: School teacher compares homosexuality to murder 121
9:47 PM — A middle-school teacher in Kansas has courted condemnation from students and gay rights activists after he wrote on his Facebook page that being gay was 'the same as murder.'
US black civil rights group, NAACP, endorses equal marriage 31
9:24 PM — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has passed a resolution yesterday endorsing equal marriage, two weeks following President Obama's move to do so.
19th May 2012
Republicans hastily add anti-equal marriage coda to a defence bill 54
11:51 PM — In a sign that equal marriage might be made a more prominent issue than previously thought, following President Obama's support for the measure, Republican-led House of Representatives have hastily added a provision on to a large-scale defence bill that would ban equal marriage ceremonies at military chapels.
Malaysia: Muslim lesbian activist launches controversial book 21
8:44 PM — A Canadian Muslim has launched a controversial new book on liberal Islam in Malaysia, where the majority of citizens are Muslim, despite attempts by a government minister to ban the event.
Virginia: Republicans block first openly gay judge 42
6:20 PM — Senior Democrats in Virginia have cried foul after Republicans in the general assembly moved to block the appointment of what would have been the state's first openly gay judge.
50 Cent is 100% for gay marriage but not gay men that touch ‘your little buns’ in elevators 101
4:03 PM — The rapper 50 Cent has told a magazine that he is backing President Barack Obama's personal support of equal marriage for same sex couples, but argues that organisations should be created to protect the rights of heterosexual men, who might be at risk of gay men touching them up in an elevator.
Comment: Trans people need equality to get our marriages, confiscated by the state back 55
1:37 PM — Liberal Democrat councillor Sarah Brown explains from the perspective of a transgendered person why she's supporting the Out4Marriage campaign. The current unfair and discriminating system of opposite sex marriages and same sex civil partnerships has meant that she and her wife were forced to surrender their marriage and instead consider themselves 'civil partners'.
18th May 2012
New York mural compares gay rights in Israel to its neighbours 83
11:23 PM — A mural in New York's West Village has provoked controversy by depicting gay rights in Israel and comparing it to the status of LGBT people in the countries that neighbour and surround it.
Maryland: Equal marriage not legal yet, but divorce for gay couples is okay 8
10:41 PM — The highest court in Maryland has ruled today that while the state recognises only heterosexual marriages, gay couples married in other states can have their marriages dissolved in the state.
Video: Raggae star Beenie Man renounces homophobia, supports gay rights 74
10:06 PM — The Jamaican reggae singer Beenie Man, whose songs have often been the subject of pronounced controversy over its violently homophobic content, has released a new video where he appears to renounce his anti-gay stance, and proclaims support for gay rights.
Disneyland champions gay rights in Japan 17
9:23 PM — Disneyland has become an unlikely champion of gay rights in Japan, by allowing same-sex couples to marry on its premises, even though same-sex relationships have no legal recognition in the country.
Malawi: New president ‘to decriminalise homosexuality’ 103
4:06 PM — The Malawian president has said she will repeal the laws which make it illegal to be gay in the central African state, it has been reported.
Review: Starlight Express, an 80s spectacle hits the road 7
3:39 PM — Neil Spring reviews the new version of Starlight Express, one of the longest-running West End musicals as it begins its national tour.
Nine-year-old tells ‘God Hates Fags’ church ‘God hates no one’ 51
2:40 PM — A 9-year-old displayed a sign reading 'God hates no one' at a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its 'God hates fags' signs.
French prime minister promises to implement equal marriage and adoption rights for gays 61
2:20 PM — The new French prime minister has announced a commitment to implement new president François Hollande's pledge to equalise the laws on marriage for gay and straight couples.
Hillary Clinton to officially accept WorldPride award 9
1:42 PM — US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton has formally agreed to accept WorldPride’s “World LGBT Award” as the event comes to London this summer.